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Glaser, Beck to continue track success in college

From left: Dickinson Trinity sophomore Masy Kuntz, Dickinson Trinity junior Faith Beck and Killdeer junior Shawnee Hansen compete in the 200 meters in the 2017 Southwest Region meet at Beach. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Titans senior athletes keep proving how talented they are.

Josie Glaser and Faith Beck, two seniors on the Dickinson Trinity track team, have committed to continue the sport in college.

Glaser signed to compete for the University of Mary in Bismarck next year, while Beck will head to Bemidji State in Minnesota. Both schools are in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, so the two will see each other at college competitions.

"It doesn't happen every day," Titans track and field head coach Craig Kovash said of the pair signing. "We've been fortunate. We've had our share of good athletes, but this year we signed two girls. That doesn't happen every year."

Glaser will throw javelin as a Marauder, in which she placed fifth at the 2017 state meet, while also doing the heptathlon during the winter season. So on top of making the transition from Class B high school athletics, to a NCAA Division II school, Glaser has to learn new events.

"I'm a little nervous," She admitted. "With doing multi (events), the heptathlon, I have to learn jumping events, I have to learn shot put, I have to run an 800 with that. Those are all events that I haven't done in high school."

Kovash knows Glaser is more than capable of rising to the challenge.

"When people think of Josie and her signing to University of Mary to throw the javelin, but Josie's actually one of our better sprinters too," Kovash said. "She runs the 100 (meter), 200 and the 400. Last year she was a state qualifier in the 400 relay, the 800 relay and the 1600 relay. Our girls took third place in the 1600 relay with Josie on it last year at the state meet and I know she could even run an 800. She's just very versatile."

Beck will be able to focus on her strongest events, as she's bringing her 2017 state-champion pole vaulting skills to Bemidji, as well as running the 100 meter hurdles. While there, she'll study nursing.

"It's a really unique school with the lake right on the campus," Beck said. "It's a really pretty area and it's a smaller sized campus too so there's a lot of one-on-one time with professors if you need it which I thought was really nice."

While most of Beck's free time in high school was taken up with track and gymnastics, she's hoping she can branch out and do some new activities in college.

"I think it's definitely important to get as many experiences in in college as you can," she said. "I don't want to stick to just track. I'll look into that more when I get there."

Glaser, who previously intended to play basketball for Dickinson State, leaned towards Bismarck to explore a bigger city and U-Mary because of the people she met while visiting back in February. She will be studying exercise science in the fall.

"I really liked how welcoming the coaches were. They made me feel right at home," Glaser said. "I liked a lot of the teammates too. I got to meet a lot of the girls. I really like that it's a Catholic college, coming from a Catholic high school, it has a lot of the same morals that I have."

The Titans begin their season on Saturday, April 21 at Hazen and the two seniors aren't settling for anything in their final season.

Beck, who's personal pole vault record is 10 feet, six inches, wants to surpass that, as well as get a personal record in hurdles.

"I want to qualify the first meet in javelin. That's my biggest goal," Glaser said. "I want to get ranked within the top eight in the state for the state meet."

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