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Let the games begin: Three Blue Hawks punch ticket to nationals at home meet

Dickinson State sophomore Alyssa Wisher launches a javelin during the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)1 / 8
Senior Shelbi McGee bursts out of the blocks to start the 4x100-meter relay at the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)2 / 8
Dickinson State senior Cain Boschee springs out of the blocks while running the 200-meter dash at the Blue Hawk Games on Thursday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)3 / 8
Dickinson State sophomore Hoyt Zander soars over the bar while competing in pole vault at the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)4 / 8
Dickinson State senior Ernest Franssen leads the first lap of the 10,000-meter race at the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)5 / 8
Dickinson State junior Kadara Marshall lands in the pit while competing in long jump during the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19 at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)6 / 8
Dickinson State senior Tyler Quilling leaps into the pit during the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)7 / 8
Dickinson State sophomore Megan Erickson finishes strong in the 100-meter dash at the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19, at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)8 / 8

After Dickinson State senior Tyler Quilling's first attempt at triple jump, the official yelled out, '14.56.'

With that, Quilling and all nearby Blue Hawk athletes and coaches cheered, as the mark of 14.56 meters met the NAIA 'A' qualifying standard for the national meet. He ended up taking second in the event, as Talon Staudinger of the University of Mary barely bested him with a 14.6 on his final jump.

" I've been kind of struggling this outdoor season, had a couple tweaks in my legs" Quilling said. "But what a way to get it, at the home meet, right?"

Quilling was one of four Dickinson State track and field athletes that qualified for the national meet, as the team hosted the Blue Hawk Games on Friday, April 19 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The senior jumper wasn't the only one that found redemption after a slow start to the season.

Sophomore Mackenzie Grubbs admitted she hasn't been pleased by her performances as of late, but her second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles seemed to break that slump.

Grubbs was in fourth in the middle of the race, but gained ground with each stride, nearly edging the winner, Nora Ramos of the University of Mary, at the end. Her time of 14.97 seconds not only earned her second place, but also a potential spot at nationals, as she snuck in front of the 'B' standard time.

"It feels really good, I've been having a slow start to the season, so it was good to finally be back where I know I can run," she said.

Grubbs carried her success into the 400-meter hurdles, placing second in another tight finish with a time of 1:07.37.

In the longest event of the day, the 10,000-meter run, Dickinson State senior Ernest Franssen III dominated. He paced the long-distance finishers with a time of 36:24.16, while teammates Michael Larios and Nestor Vazquez came in third and fourth, respectively.

"About four weeks ago, he qualified (for the marathon) with a half marathon and actually was about 40 seconds from breaking the school record," Dickinson State head coach Shayne Wittkopp said. "So, Ernie's running pretty well right now. He's in pretty good shape. Honestly, a six-mile race, he ran a really solid five miles, started to fall off a bit there, but super good performance for him."

Meanwhile, the home meet was senior Cain Boschee's first time competing this spring, but it certainly didn't seem like it, as the senior won both the 100 and 200. His time of 10.72. in the shorter sprint was 0.01 seconds shy of the 'B' qualifying standard, and his 200 time of 22.22 seconds missed the qualifying mark by 0.6 seconds.

The Blue Hawk women sprinters were headed by sophomore Megan Erickson, who finished third in the 100 with a time of 12.17 seconds, a mere 0.05 seconds from a trip to nationals.

The combination of Erickson, Grubbs, sophomore Taylor Ludwig and senior Shelbi McGee won the 4x100 relay in 50.05 seconds. Sophomore Alyssa Wisher was another high placer for the women, finishing second in javelin behind Dickinson Trinity product and University of Jamestown freshman, Josie Glaser.

One other Blue Hawk punched their ticket to nationals on Friday.

"A new addition here, Caleb Petross, hit the B standard in the long jump," Wittkopp said. "We've had a good day. As well as (personal records). I know Jeff Fisher pr'd by three meters in the hammer this morning."

Petross took third in the long jump with a measurement of 17.16 meters. He also placed seventh in the triple jump.

Fisher, a senior, hurled the hammer 43.26 meters, good for third, while earning fourth in shot put with a heave of 13.75 meters. Sophomore Blade Miller placed second with a throw of 14.37 meters.

Hoyt Zander, a sophomore out of Killdeer, won the pole vault, clearing 4.4 meters on his second attempt. He couldn't make any three of his attempts at the 'B' standard height of 4.65 meters.

While hitting the lower qualifying standard is exciting, the Blue Hawks can only bring three athletes with that accomplishment down to the NAIA nationals meet in Gulf Shores, Ala. in late May.

For now, Quilling is the only one that is definitely attending.

"Now, (I want to) get completely healthy and just hold it," Quilling said. "I don't want to go way up here and then go farther down. Just keep at it, keep trying to get farther and rank up in the nation."

Mens team scores: 1, University of Mary 180.5. 2, Dickinson State 152. 3, Black Hills State 142.5. 4, MSU - Moorhead 79. 5, Jamestown 62.

100: 1, Cain Boschee, DSU, 10.72. 2, Marceau Jovin, U-Mary, 10.73.

200: 1, Cain Boschee, DSU, 22.22. 2, Tristan Hepp, Black Hills, 22.33.

400: 1, Hepp, BHS, 49.78. 3, Trace Jones, DSU, 51.36. 11, Jaden Dolechek, DSU, 54.09. 15, Bello Aisosa, DSU, 54.89.

800: 1, Ismael Arzola, Unattached, 1:59.52. 4, Dakota Mansfield, DSU, 2:01.39. 6, Daniel Ramirez, DSU, 2:02.91. 8, Tymer Goss, DSU, 2:05.02.

1,500: 1, Cesar Mireless, Un., 4:03.32.

5,000: 1, Mireles, Un., 15:47.37.

10,000: 1, Ernest Franssen, DSU, 36:24.16. 2, Daniel Palmer, Jamestown, 38:18.65. 3, Nestor Vazquez, DSU, 38:59.97. 4, Michael Larios, DSU, 39:56.54.

110 hurdles: 1, Jovin, UMary, 14.29.

400 hurdles: 1, Josh Wulfekuhle, UMary, 56.37. 4, Tyler Burk, DSU, 58.39.

3,000 steeplechase: 1, Harrison Bentzel, UMary, 9:54.32. 2, Hunter Flynn, DSU, 10:19.67.

400 relay: 1, Black Hills State 42.5.

1,600 relay: 1, Black Hills State 3:23.56. 3, Dickinson State (Boschee, Jones, Burk, Dolechek), 3:38.26.

3,200 relay: 1, Rocky Mountain 8:04.21. 2, Dickinson State (Goss, Tristen Guillot, Ramirez, Mansfield), 8:20.8.

High jump: 1, Shenley Allen, UMary, 2.09m.

Pole vault: 1, Hoyt Zander, DSU, 4.4m. 2, Jared Pflipsen, UMary, 4.4m. 7, Haakon Frederickson, DSU, 4.1m.

Long jump: 1, Talon Staudinger, UMary, 7.25m. 3, Caleb Petross, 7.16m. 17, Austin Payne, DSU, 6.21m. 23, Dolechek, DSU, 5.95m.

Triple jump: 1, Staudinger, UMary, 14.6m. 2, Tyler Quilling, DSU, 14.56m. 7, Petross, DSU, 13.04m.

Shot put: 1, Michael Lee, RMC, 15.11m. 2, Blade Miller, DSU, 14.37m. 4, Jeff Fisher, DSU, 13.75m. 5, Jayden Holley, DSU, 13.6m.

Discus: 1, Hoyt Nicholas, BHS, 42.68m. 2, Miller, DSU, 42.26m. 5, Holley, DSU, 39.07m. 10, Fisher, DSU, 35.8m.

Hammer: 1, Jerron McDonald, MSUMoorhead, 47.66m. 3, Fisher, DSU, 43.26m. 12, Holley, DSU, 33.33m.

Javelin: 1, Makaleb McInnis, BHS, 59.2. 3, Zander, DSU, 49.7.

Womens team scores: 1, Black Hills State 133. 2, Dickinson State 125. 3, University of Mary 94.33. 4, Jamestown 89.5. 5, Rocky Mountain 74.5

100: 1, Shayna Soderstrom, BHS, 12.07. 3, Megan Erickson, DSU, 12.17.

200: 1, Soderstrom, BHS, 25.66. 7, Erickson, DSU, 26.96. 10, Grace Edeen, DSU, 27.99.

400: 1, Kylee Voigt, J, 59.1. 3, Edeen, DSU, 1:04.27.

800: 1, Corinne Hamilton, RMC, 2:26.22. 3, Jacey Wilson, DSU, 2:31.58. 4, Bailey Smith, DSU, 2:34.11. 5, Emily Kuehn, DSU, 2:36.88.

1,500: 1, Ruth Chepsat, RMC, 5:05.89. 2, Wilson, DSU, 5:08.43. 4, Smith, DSU, 5:13.52. 5, Kuehn, DSU, 5:17.25.

10,000: 1, Allison Foster, J, 44:37.26. 2, Brittney Grove, DSU, 45.43.81. 3, Julia Falcon, DSU, 46.32.44.

100 hurdles: 1, Nora Ramos, UMary, 14.78. 2, Mackenzie Grubbs, DSU, 14.97. 11, Lexee Craig, DSU, 17.14.

400 hurdles: 1, Julette Goehring, BHS, 1:06.93. 2, Grubbs, DSU, 1:07.37. 7, Morgan Miller, DSU, 1:13. 9, Scotti Robinson, DSU, 1:22.54.

400 relay: 1, Dickinson State (Shelbi McGee, Erickson, Grubbs, Ludwig), 50.05. 2, Black Hills 50.28.

1,600 relay: 1, Rocky Mountain 4:23.7.

High jump: 1, Caitlin Pritchett, MSUM, 1.6m. 11, Alyssa Wisher, DSU, 1.4m.

Pole vault: 1, Alysa Henry, UMary, 3.8m. 12, Lacey Waid, DSU, 3.05m. 13, Craig, DSU, 2.9m.

Long jump: 1, D'Andra Morris, UMary, 5.9m. 9, Kadara Marshall, DSU, 5.33m.

Triple jump: 1, Morris, UMary, 12.74m. 6, Marshall, DSU, 11.2m.

Shot put: 1, Emily Waletzko, MSUM, 12.85m. 2, Macradee Miller, DSU, 12.42m. 3, Tarissa Phipps, DSU, 11.97m.

Discus: 1, Danielle Noble, BHS, 36.61m. 3, Miller, DSU, 34.72m. 6, Phipps, DSU, 32.8m.

Hammer: 1, Waletzko, MSUM, 43.21m. 7, Miller, DSU, 37.12m. 10, Phipps, DSU, 31.88m.

Javelin: 1, Josie Glaser, J, 37.5m. 2, Wisher, DSU, 36.9m.