Dickinson High prepares for the upcoming home meet.

DHS’s girls track and field team took first place at the Bowman County invite, but will be facing conference competition this Saturday, for the Dickinson invitational at the BAC.

Abby Praus competing in the 2022 season.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — Getting their first taste of competition at the Bowman County invite on Tuesday, Dickinson High School track and field team are chasing the momentum, hosting a home invite on Saturday, at 11 a.m.

In Bowman County, they face a variety of competition, with a large pool of Class B, South West Region programs. With the girls finishing first and the boys taking fourth in team scores, they will now need to measure their stature against other Class A programs. Saturday's meet will mostly be dominated by Class A programs, with the exception of Shiloh Christian.

The other Class A teams participating in the meet include: Bismarck High, Jamestown, Century, Legacy, Minot, Watford City, Williston, Shanley and West Fargo Sheyenne.

Dickinson girls team will see major point contribution from their field events, based on their performance in Bowman County, but individuals races and relays could also see Dickinson on the winners podium.

pole vaulting coach Jim Fahy and Emily Ash, during the 2022 season.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

They had three gold medals in field events, including senior Emily Ash pole vaulting (10’6), juniors Jazmin Barry in long jump (18' 11) and Jecelyn Arends in shot put (35' 6). Junior Kendra King also took second in triple jump.


Barry and Ash will also have contributions in track events. Barry coming in at first in

200 meters and second in 300m hurdles. Ash participated in the relays, taking third in 4x100 to qualify for state and first in the 4x200 meters.

The boys lost two of their best runners from last year, speedster Quentin Lewis and long distant runner AJ Ash. Junior Christian Bowden, who had state experience from last year, will have to fill the holes left behind. As will the younger athletes, like freshman Blake Weller, who took first in the 200 meters for Dickinson, setting a personal record.

Pole vaulting will be another category for Dickinson to capture points in senior Bennett Carlson, who took silver in lsat year’s state meet. Freshman Blake Homsiton will also have a chance to prove himself, taking first place in Bowman County.

Pole vault athletes also having speed will see Carlson and Weller also compete in the relays, along with Kaiden Richter, Brener Conrad and Braden Meschke, Duncan Blauer and Issac Schulte.

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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