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Dickinson Trinity’s Hansen leads Titan qualifiers at state

Highlighting the qualifiers is Caleb Hansen, who will be the top seed in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:52.86 — a phenomenal time recorded on May 15.

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Jada Erie runs the second leg of Dickinson Trinity's 4x800 meter relay. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

The Class B track & field state championship will take place in Bismarck this weekend, May 29-30, where Dickinson Trinity will have eight individual qualifiers across five boys and three girl athletes, as well as a number of relays.

Highlighting the qualifiers is Caleb Hansen, who will be the top seed in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:52.86 — a phenomenal time recorded on May 15.

“The longer the race gets for him, the better he is,” Craig Kovash, Dickinson Trinity head coach, said. “He keeps going and he’s having a great year.”

Hansen, a junior, qualified for the state meet two years ago in the 3200, finishing in sixth. He will also compete in the 800 and 1600 meter run, being seeded fourth and second respectively.

“There are some great athletes in all of the distance events and he can compete with them on any given day,” Kovash said. “At state it’s about who is going to have a better day, and we hope Caleb will have the better day.”

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Luke Shobe qualified in three events as well. Shobe will compete in the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes. His highest seed comes in the 400 where he is seeded fourth. Kovash has been impressed with how his freshman sprinter has handled his first season.

“He’s been strong for us all year considering he’s a freshman,” Kovash said. “We have a lot of confidence in those races for him...we’re hoping for good things from him. He feels good about it. I’ve talked to him about (state) and it’s a big event and you don’t know how someone who has never been in that situation will react when you get there, but he’s handling it well.”

The southwest regional meet was held last weekend at the Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson, where Jake Daniel punched his ticket to the state meet in the 800 and 1600 meter runs.

The other individual qualifiers for the Titans on the boys team came from Izaak Kudrna in the 100 and Thomas Jacobs in the 400.

In addition to the individual qualifiers, the Dickinson Trinity boys will compete in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800 relays — the 4x800 team being their highest seeded at second.

“There’s teams all around us and it’s going to be one of those things where it’s about who is going to step it up that day,” Kovash said. “There are a handful of teams that can win it.”

Helena Pavek, Jada Erie and Anna Clifton were the three qualifiers for the girls. Pavek will take to the starting block in the 400, while Erie will pace her way in the 3200. In field events, Clifton’s performance on the year has garnered her a spot in the state pole vault competition.

Despite being a freshman this year, the state meet won’t be Pavek’s first as she qualified as a seventh grader in 2019 in the 400, finishing in 22nd.

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Pavek finished in second place in the 400 at Saturday's regional meet and will be seeded tenth with her 1:01.49 time.

Much like the boys team, the girls will also compete in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays.

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Luke Shobe finished in second place in the 100 meter dash at the southwest regional this past weekend. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

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