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Five Dickinson High Midgets take top eight at West Region Indoor Meet

WILLISTON -- Greg Jung, the Dickinson High girls track and field head coach, was encouraged by the team's performance in its first outing of the season, where the Midgets saw five individuals place in the top eight at the West Region Indoor Meet ...

WILLISTON - Greg Jung, the Dickinson High girls track and field head coach, was encouraged by the team’s performance in its first outing of the season, where the Midgets saw five individuals place in the top eight at the West Region Indoor Meet on Tuesday.
“I thought the first meet of the season went real well,” Jung said. “We’re not in the shape we need to be in yet, but I really thought we had some good performances.”
Freshman Meghan Ackerman took second in the pole vault, and sophomore Lexi Jordheim placed third in the high jump.
Emily Keller was fourth in the long jump, and Peyton Selle and Elizabeth Lenardson took eighth in the high jump and 200 meters, respectively.
Full results were not available at press time.
The Midgets’ relay teams also showed well. The 800 relay quartet of Lenardson, Aspen Galster, Esther Zaina and Mariah Mortensen placed third, and the 1,600 relay team of Keller, Galster, Mortensen and McKenna Weiler placed fourth.
Dickinson enters the season with a young but fairly experienced group, and Jung is hopeful the team makes good use of previous tastes of success.
“I think over the last couple years, a lot of these girls were thrown into varsity action because our numbers were pretty low, but they stuck with it, and now it’s nice to see juniors returning for their third or even a fourth year,” Jung said. “It’s nice to have that experience.”
Though the team does not have anything officially scheduled for next week, Jung said it hopes to compete in a home or road event one way or the other with the intention of collecting more beneficial meet competition early in the season.
“We had been cooped up a lot of the spring, but they’ve been working really hard so far,” Jung said. “I think right now we have to get our kids fit. That’s the most important thing. You don’t want to do too much too soon, but we’re hoping to find a sunny day and keep taking what Mother Nature gives us.”

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