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'A very successful day': Three Midgets state-qualify at WDA Last Chance Meet

Dickinson sophomore Ryan Campbell qualifies for the state meet in the triple jump during the WDA Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 13, from the Biesiot Activities Center. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)1 / 3
Dickinson High junior Jacob Steckler clears the bar in the pole vault during the WDA Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 13, from the Biesiot Activities Center. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)2 / 3
Dickinson High junior Peyton Selle competes in the high jump during the WDA Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 13, from the Biesiot Activities Center. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)3 / 3

Dickinson High's Ryan Campbell has been on the cusp of breaking through.

The sophomore entered the WDA Last Chance Meet on Monday, May 13 just short of punching her ticket to the state meet in three different events: the long jump, high jump and triple jump.

After missing the mark just two days earlier at the Mandan Kiwanis Club meet by half an inch, Campbell again fell short in the long jump, as she leapt 16 feet, 6 inches, just two inches off the state-qualifying standard. Next, she moved over to the high jump, but couldn't match her season-high height of 4-11.

However, in what was the final event of the afternoon at the Biesiot Activities Center, Campbell's fortunes ultimately turned.

With a distance of 36-03.5, Campbell was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief, clearing the triple-jump state standard by nearly two feet.

"It felt really nice since I've been really close all year to qualifying in triple. I've qualified for two years, so it felt really nice to qualify for today, and (hit a personal record) by like three feet," Campbell said. "The weather helped a lot that it wasn't raining or freezing cold. And we had a nice crowd cheering us on, so that helped a lot, too."

Campbell finished second in the triple jump behind senior teammate Meghan Ackerman, who set a new school record in the event with a mark of 37-04. Campbell was one of three new Midgets to qualify for state while Ackerman, who also collected victory in the pole vault, helped Dickinson to the team triumph. The home squad collected 136 points, four more than runner-up Bismarck Century. The Dickinson boys placed fifth overall with 51 points, as Bismarck Legacy captured first with 127 points.

"I think it was a very successful day," Dickinson girls track and field head coach John Tuchscherer said. "Picked up some new qualifiers, had a lot of good P.R.'s and even had some kids that had already qualified better their marks. Overall, I'm really happy with how today went."

Another girl who set a personal record on Saturday only to break through in state-qualifying fashion, was sophomore Breanna Knight. Knight took first in the javelin following her throw of 114-1, more than a 14-foot improvement from her hurl over the weekend.

"I just felt the strive to state-qualify today," Knight said. "I've been wanting to state-qualify since freshman year and I just felt like I had to today. I just felt that strive to."

Already qualified in the three events, junior Peyton Selle added the high jump to her season pedigree by clearing the bar at a state-qualifying height of 5-01.

"It feels pretty good. I laid on the mat for a second because I thought the pole fell, but then I heard everyone cheering, so I tried to get off as soon as possible," said Selle, who also won the 300 hurdles. "I didn't have as many running events as usual, and the weather was also really nice compared to Saturday, so that really helped me out."

As part of seven Dickinson victories on the girls' side, senior Gabby Jung won the high jump with a personal record of 5-05. Selle was second.

On the boys side, the Midgets captured two wins. Junior Aiden Jung fell more than two seconds shy of running a state-qualifying pace in the 800-meter run, but still took the event with a time of 2 minutes, 4.3 second. The same story goes for Jacob Steckler in the pole vault, as the junior won the event at a height of 12 feet but missed the state mark by half a foot.

"My backs hurts pretty bad, but I had enough adrenaline pumping through me," Steckler said. "I kind of got too upset that I wasn't vaulting high enough all year, so I just kicked in that adrenaline and gave it my all."

Steckler's pain got progressively worse throughout the event, as he often grimaced with every landing and occasionally laid flat on his back in between vaults. Even with the back trouble, Steckler is opportunistic that he can qualify at the West Region meet, which is set to take place at the BAC later this week.

"Just a little more practice and get the finish of the top of my vault down, and I think I'll be good to go," Steckler said. "To me, if I'm not confident in a vault, I won't even get in. So I just have completely clear everything out and just focus on the vault."

WDA Last Chance Meet

Boys team scores: 1, Bismarck Legacy, 127. 2, Bismarck St. Mary's 83. 3, Bismarck Century, 74. 4, Williston, 70. 5, Dickinson, 52. 6, Bismarck High, 40.5. 7, Mandan, 32.5.

100: 1, Evan Leingang, BSM, 11.15. 9, Jacob Sherer, D, 11.77.

200: 1, Leingang, BSM, 22.94. 14, Jacob Sherer, D, 24.26. 21, Alex Praus, D, 25.27.

400: 1, Drew Dosch, BSM, 52.43.

800: 1, Aiden Jung, D, 2:04.30. 2, Joe Schon, BSM, 2:05.78.

1,600: 1, Tyrel Ackman, W, 5:11.01.

110 hurdles: 1, Caleb Doeden, W, 15.76.

300 hurdles: 1, Gloire Ngorma, BC, 43.16.

400 relay: 1, Williston (Kingsley Onyenweaku, Cutter Jones, Ephraim Yohan, Connor Murphey), 46.08.

800 relay: 1, Williston (Keon Syverson, Doeden, Jones, Murphey), 1:35.20.

High jump: 1, Zander Albers, BL, 6-04.

Pole vault: 1, Jacob Steckler, D, 12-00.

Long jump: 1, Leingang, BSM, 22-01. 11, Jonathan Weidner, D, 17-04.50. 14, Sebastian Weidner, 16-00.5.

Triple jump: 1, Rhett Clements, BL, 43-00. 8, J. Weidner, D, 38-08.5. 11, S. Weidner, D, 33-09.

Shot put: 1, Chase Docktyer, DH, 49-07. 2, Ethan Grove, D, 46-01. 7, Peyton Hanson, 40-11. 9, Fox Weiler, D, 40-07. 13, Preston Kruse, D, 37-11. T15, Kobe Wanner, D, 36-09. T15, Derek Moore, D, 36-09.

Discus: 1, Alex Reuppel, BL, 136-01. 2, Grove, D, 130-10. 6, Tallon Klatt, D, 120-06. 11, Hanson, D, 116-00. 12, Moore, D, 114-05. 13, J. Weidner, D, 110-11. 14, Brandon Krebs, D, 108-06. 15, Jordan Weflen, D, 108-03. 16, Kruse, D, 105-06. 17, Weiler, D, 105-03. 18, Cade Leach, D, 96-08. 19, Wanner, D, 90-02.

Javelin: 1, Jericho Burbank, W, 160-00. 3, Krebs, D, 139-05. 6, Klatt, D, 134-02. 11, Steckler, D, 117-09. 13, Weiler, D, 112-05. 14, Wanner, D, 111-00. 15, Weflen, D, 108-01. 18, Cade Leach, D, 96-03.

Girls team scores: 1, Dickinson, 136. 2, Bismarck Century, 132. 3, Bismarck High, 104. 4, Bismarck Legacy, 94. 5, Minot, 88. 6, Mandan, 68. 7, Bismarck St. Mary's, 11. 8, Williston, 6.

100: 1, Hannah Herbel, BC, 12.86. 26, Teandra Schneider, D, 13.81. 31, Myranda Davila, D, 13.86. 37, Ayden Waldron, D, 14.33. 38, Samantha Sabrosky, D, 14.36. 40, Avery Belland, D, 14.52. 44, Annabella Semerad, D, 15.37.

200: 1, Emily Goldade, BC, 26.02. 14, Brooke Ott, D, 27.79. 24, Mattilyn Biel, D, 28.31. 26, S. Sabrosky, D, 28.64. 35, Davila, D, 29.58. 41, Arley Price, D, 30.12. 42, Waldron, D, 30.20. 44, Belland, D, 30.43. 47, Semerad, D, 32.59.

400: 1, Goldade, BC, 1:00.70. 6, Audrey Rodakowski, D, 1:03.63. 7, Mattilyn Biel, D, 1:04.91. 10, Claire Kreidt, D, 1:06.68. 20, Emma DiMeo, D, 1:14.50.

800: 1, Allie Wahlund, Mi., 2:21.96. 7, Delaynee Zubke, D, 2:29.46. 10, Macy Leiss, D, 2:34.01. 11, Kreidt, D, 2:37.64. 13, Symone Beld, D, 2:38.41. 9, DiMeo, D, 3:05.12.

1,600: 1, Erin Palmer, 5:26.47. 16, Amalia Lewis, D, 6:30.55.

3,200: 1, Kyrie Link, BL, 13:20.44.

100 hurdles: 1, Maddie Deics, BL, 16.74. 22, Arley Price, D, 20.01.

300 hurdles: 1, Selle, D, 47.83. 2, Morgan Sheldon, Ma., 49.31.

400 relay: 1, Minot (Morgan Alexander, Alison Theis, Lauren Picard, Kierra Orr), 52.90. 4, Dickinson (Jordan Reger, Hannah Vannatta, Staci Kempenich, Ott), 54.01.

800 relay: 1, Dickinson (Selle, Biel, Rodakowski, Ott), 1:55.62. 2, Mandan, 1:57.66.

1,600 relay: 1, Minot (Tessa Olson, Thais Borud, Wahlund, Allie Nelson), 4:13.64. 3, Dickinson (Beld, Zubke, Leiss, Raghyn Murphy), 4:36.81.

High jump: 1, Gabby Jung, D, 5-05. 2, Selle, D, 5-01. 5, Ryan Campbell, D, 4-11.

Pole vault: 1, Meghan Ackerman, D, 9-09. 2, Addie Kuehl, D, 9-03. 3, Brailyn Betlaf, D, 8-09. T4, Schneider, D, 8-03. T4, Kendryn Bullinger, D, 8-03. 7, Reger, D, 7-09.

Long jump: 1, Deics, BL, 17-01.5. 7, Campbell, D, 16-06. 19, Kempenich, D, 15-05.5. 28, Kaylee Serhienko, D, 14-07.5. T34, CaSarah Vannatta, D, 13-04. T39, Arley Price, D, 13-00. 46, Jaycee Frank, D, 11-07.

Triple jump: 1, Ackerman, d, 37-04. 2, Campbell, D, 36-03.5. 16, Macey Sabrosky, D, 32-03.5. 19, Reger, D, 31-08.5. 20, Kempenich, D, 31-07. 21, C. Vannatta, D, 31-06. 22, H. Vannatta, D, 31-05.5.

Shot put: 1, Alanta Tormaschy, D, 38-00. T20, Caitlyn Kolling, D, 29-10. 22, Maddy Hanson, D, 29-09. 27, Cassydie Painter, D, 29-00. 32, Breanna Knight, D, 27-11. 39, Kiya Farnsworth, D, 26-01. 41, Leanna Massie, D, 25-06. 43, Kiah Jahner, D, 24-04. 45, Abby Haller, D, 23-07. 46, Elizabeth Carroll, D, 23-00. 47, Allison Dukart, D, 22-08. 48, Sydne Beld, D, 22-03. T51, Matilda Treat-Frost, D, 21-01. 54, Samantha Whittlesey, D, 19-10. T56, Bree Molbert, D, 19-01.

Discus: 1, Bailee Schell, B, 120-04. 13, Tormaschy, D, 98-06. 23, Rodakowski, D, 89-11. 29, Kolling, D, 86-11. 31, Korie Riely, D, 83-10. 37, Farnsworth, D, 73-01. 40, Cora Duck, D, 67-10. 41, Rebecca Cichy, D, 65-11. 42, Brynn Beaudoin, D, 64-10. 43, Molbert, D, 63-00. 45, Massie, D, 60-04. 46, Jahner, D, 59-11. 48, Dukart, D, 56-00. 51, Elizabeth Carroll, D, 54-05. T52, Hanson, D, 54-04. T52, Haller, D, 54-04. 59, Whittlesey, D, 36-09.

Javelin: 1, Knight, D, 114-01. 7, Riely, D, 95-01. 13, Madison Lindley, D, 87-10. 20, Syd. Beld, D, 81-05. 23, Sydney Binstock, D, 79-02. 25, Beaudoin, D. 78-01. 34, Cichy, D, 54-09. 40, Paintner, D, 45-05. 43, Duck, D, 42-09. 45, Treat-Frost, D, 39-10.

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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