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Midgets, Titans dominate on home turf

Dickinson High senior Alanta Tormaschy has topped the shot put charts all spring, and she has no plans to stop. While her state-qualifying throw of 37 feet, four inches wasn't her personal best, it was still good for first place at the Pankratz M...

Dickinson High senior Alanta Tormaschy heaves the shot put during the Pankratz Meet on Tuesday, April 23, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickisnon Press)
Dickinson High senior Alanta Tormaschy heaves the shot put during the Pankratz Meet on Tuesday, April 23, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickisnon Press)

Dickinson High senior Alanta Tormaschy has topped the shot put charts all spring, and she has no plans to stop. While her state-qualifying throw of 37 feet, four inches wasn't her personal best, it was still good for first place at the Pankratz Meet on Tuesday, April 23, at the Biesiot Activities Center.

With help from three individual victories on the girls side, and five on the boys side, the Midgets track and field teams both won. The boys earned 164 team points, while the girls earned 170.

Tormaschy also picked up points in the discus, taking third with a distance of 92-07. Since she hasn't hit anywhere near her personal best of 102-10 since last year, Tormaschy is hoping to make rapid improvement in the next few weeks ahead of state.

"I definitely think that more days in the weight room would be good, especially now that we have meet after meet coming up," she said. "Days in the weight room are going to be really important. I just gotta keep practicing hard and getting reps in."

The two other Midgets girls individual victories came from Meghan Ackerman, who won both the triple jump and pole vault. While the senior had already qualified for state in the former, her height of 10 feet, 3 inches is sending her to state in pole vault as well.

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The Midgets boys combined to win five individual crowns, with one going to sophomore Mustafa Taylor, who qualified for state in the 400-meter dash for the first time, stopping the clock at 51.84 seconds.

"I came in kind of scared. I was really nervous because I thought I was going to qualify," Taylor said. "When I ran it, it felt good."

Closing out the meet, Taylor teamed with senior Nathaniel Frimpong, sophomore Brady Yoder and freshman Quentin Lewis to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:37.91, just shy of qualifying time.

Yoder was victorious in the 1,600, crossing the line at 4:29.9, while junior Aiden Jung won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.69. Sophomore Hunter Gregoire wasn't far behind, finishing third in 2:10.92.

In the field, Midgets junior Jacob Steckler and Bowman County senior Alex Madrigal tied for first in the pole vault with a state-qualifying height of 12 feet even. Meanwhile, Dickinson sophomore Jayden Hocker cleared 6 feet in high jump to win the event.

Where there weren't wins, there were still improvements. Sophomore Trey Haugen, senior Ethan Grove and senior Matthew Paintner finished third, fourth and fifth in the shot put, with Haugen's toss of 47-04 being a personal best.

"I thought overall we had a pretty good day," Dickinson girls head coach John Tuchscherer said of the throwers. "The kids continue to work at practice. There's a lot of little things, technique things that we can work on to improve ourselves, but the kids show up every day and work hard and have a good work ethic. Those things are going to benefit us here in May."

The other home team

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The Dickinson Trinity Titans finished first among all Class B teams on the girls side, with 78 team points. The boys were bested by Bowman County, though. While the Bulldogs collected 112.5 team points and placed second, the Titans earned 90 points to finish fourth.

Defending state champion in all three events, senior Kaden Kuntz, won the 100-meter dash and long jump but didn't compete in the 200. Instead, he participated in the 4x100 relay, helping Ethan Kudrna, Aric Knopik and Cheydan Hauf finish in 45.03 seconds to qualify for the state meet. He also was the first leg of the 4x400 relay, which took third.

In the field, senior Isaac Fridrich threw a personal-best 48 feet to place second in the shot put. In the discus, senior Alija Karsky hit a new personal-record of 120 feet, 4 inches, taking sixth, while Fridrich had another career high, flinging the discus 119-06 to earn eighth.

"We had some guys in the discus throw better than they've ever thrown all season," Dickinson Trinity boys head coach Craig Kovash said. "Three guys in the shot put are throwing really well, throwing farther than they have all year."

In the girls sprints, junior Brinklyn Schumacher and senior Masy Kuntz tied for third in the 100 with times of 13.16 seconds. Schumacher placed fourth in the 200 as well.

Kuntz also earned second in long jump with a leap of 17-05.

Schumacher and Kuntz, along with Kylen Kubas and Kara Wanner finished second in the 4x100 relay with a near-qualifying time of 52.93 seconds, missing the standard by .09 seconds.

"We've just been having a good day around the track," Titans girls head coach Breanna Sisson said. "We've seen some really good things in the field events. Masy Kuntz jumped really well in long jump, we had some good throws in javelin. My high jump girls are doing great too."

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Senior Bre Tessier was victorious in the javelin, hurling a state-qualifying distance of 121 feet, 5 inches. At high jump, junior Amaya Willer took sixth, clearing 4-09.

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