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Lackluster finish sees Midgets take fifth

In competition with nine other schools the Midgets’ varsity gave it their all, but would miss the podium by two spots with a fifth place team finish.

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Mustafa Taylor. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

The starter pistol signaled the start to what would prove to be a challenging meet for Dickinson High School as they hosted their invitational at Henry Biesiot Activities Center on May 13. In competition with nine other schools the Midgets’ varsity gave it their all, but would miss the podium by two spots with a fifth place team finish.

The 100 meters went to West Fargo Sheyenne runner Jackson Kuznia with a personal best of 10.92. He was followed by Dylan Mcglothlin (11.02) of Legacy and then neck in neck came Wade James (11.05) of Century and Mustafa Taylor (11.06) of Dickinson.

Though Taylor found himself in fourth for the 100 meters, he was able to break that threshold in the 200 meter achieving a tied second place finish with Bismarck’s Dawson Hawkinson at 22.20. This time was a personal record for the two tied athletes. Kunzia once again took first place at 22.17.

In the 800 meters, Dickinson’s star athlete Brady Yoder showed up all his competitors but for Chance Bowlinger of Century. Bowlinger would pull an upset, besting Yoder with a 1:58.08. Yoder wasn’t off his game either, posting a 1:59.64. The pair were followed by Joseph Eberle of St. Mary’s Central at 1:59.86.

Coming in second 800 meter did not deter Yoder who tasted the sweetness of victory in the 1600 meters while breaking the school record of 4:17.94, held by Tim Wheeler back in 1978.

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Yoder completed this milestone with the new best record of 4:15.60.

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Brady Yoder neck and neck with West Fargo Sheyenne athlete Jacob Knodle. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

Though Yoder held the lead majority of the race, it did not come easy as he would be neck and neck with the second place athlete Jacob Knodle of West Fargo Sheyenne. Knodle took the lead on the third lap, before Yoder reclaimed his lead for the win shortly after the bell sounded the final lap. Knodle would finish at 4:16.27, while bronze would go to Ethan Bender of Century with a 4:20.67.

The Midgets did not find success in the 4x100 relay, taking eighth place — beating only Watford City who did not start. What followed though showed another side of DHS in the relays. In 4x200 relay, the four man team of Taylor, Mason Anchondo, Quentin Lewis and Jack Homiston took second in a close match-up between Century(1:30.08), Dickinson(1:31.36) and Sheyenne(1:32.87), each just about a second away from each other.

Dickinson found some success in the field events, particularly in shot put where Trey Haugen took third 52-07.00. Leaders in the event would be Andrew Leingang of Century at 58-08.00 who took first and second place went to Jaxon Duttenhefer of Mandan with 56-10.00.

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At the end of the varsity competition, Century would claim the gold on the winners podium with a commanding lead of 244 score points. Bismarck’s 102.5 found them with silver, while Legacy took the bronze tier with 79.5.

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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