Team effort leads to title for CarringtonMuch like the 800-meter relay they won, the Carrington Cardinals came from behind to win their seventh Class B girls state track and field championship.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Much like the 800-meter relay they won, the Carrington Cardinals came from behind to win their seventh Class B girls state track and field championship.
Josey Page was the Cardinals’ only individual champion on Saturday, taking the 200 title in 25.80 seconds. However, Kayla Hochhalter (third), Audra Montgomery (fifth) and Sierra Rosenau (eighth) all placed in the discus to help Carrington amass 80 team points, ahead of runner-up Langdon-Munich (65.5) at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
“We have a great team — on the track and on the field,” said Page, who anchored the 800 relay and also finished third in the 100. “It’s awesome. Our team works hard year-round.”
Carrington was in third place with 30 points after the first day. But with most of the running events set for the second day, Carrington coach Greg Hoeckle wasn’t surprised his team wasn’t out front. Watford City’s 36 led after Friday.
“We expected (Watford) to be up towards the top,” Hoeckle said. “Once (Watford City eighth-grader Ricki Lindley) won the triple jump … that made us a little nervous going into Saturday. We didn’t expect that. We figured if we could just take care of our events, we could still stay ahead of them.
“It gets a little nerve-racking until it’s a sure thing.”
Page joined Jacey Engelhorn, Hannah Lipetzky and Maartje VanBedaf to form the winning 800 relay. Hochhalter certainly did her part, throwing 111 feet, 1 inch in the discus. On Friday, she finished second in the javelin and third in the shot put.
“Those were huge points for our team,” Hoeckle said.
Hoeckle pointed to balance as the main reason for the success. Carrington also finished second in the 400 relay and fourth in the mile relay.
“On both the field and the track, we’re pretty much equal,” he said. “We had a lot of individuals in a lot of different events score points for us. Some teams just score a lot on either the track or the field. We were pretty even in both areas. For us, that shows how much of a team effort it was to win.”
Other area placers:
— Nelson County’s Ashley Perez finished with an 11:35.81 to place second in the 3,200. The eighth-grader had the top time going into the state meet.
— Strasburg senior Kelsie Silvernagel went out with a bang, placing in three events. She was third in the long jump (17-1.25), and seventh in both the 100 (12.78) and 200 (26.41).
— Central Prairie’s Courtney Heupel ran a 59.50 to take second in the 400. Kidder County-Napoleon’s Ladora Schmidt was eighth with a 1:01.24. Also placing for KC-N was Sadie Rorich, who finished eighth in the 300 hurdles (48.08).
— Natallie Jones of Lisbon had a pair of fourth-place finishes in the hurdle events. She ran a 15.95 in the high hurdles and a 46.38 in the 300. Teammate Ebony Berube was fourth in the discus with a 103-4. Lisbon also placed third in the 400 relay and eighth in the 800 relay.
— Harvey-Wells County had two placers: Kara Fike (sixth in the 300 hurdles) and Cassidy Unterseher (seventh in the 100 hurdles). Also placing in the high hurdles was Barnes County North’s SaraLi Peterson, who grabbed eighth.
Lisbon wins seventh title
The Broncos didn’t let up after leading the first day.
Despite having just one event-winner (Nick Anderson in the triple jump, 44-10.75), Lisbon cruised to its seventh Class B state championship, scoring 80 team points to beat runner-up Rugby by 13.
“Nick set a school record (in the triple jump) and that kind of got the whole team going,” Lisbon coach Mark Moss said. “We knew to have a chance at winning, we were gonna have to have a good day on Friday.”
The Broncos didn’t have a champion on Saturday, but got a stellar performance out of Nathan Mangin. The junior sprinter finished second in the 200 with a 22.82 and finished the 100 in 11.31 seconds, good for sixth place. He also helped Lisbon’s 400 relay team take fourth.
“Coming in, he wasn’t expected to even place in the 100 and 200,” Moss said. “He’s been running with some confidence and it carried over into the weekend.”
Aiding the Broncos’ effort was junior Zach Ulmer, who was third in the 800 (2:01.95) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (42.45). Jenner Manske, who also ran the 400 relay, finished third in the long jump (20-8.25).
“The boys took care of business this weekend,” Moss said. “I couldn’t be happier for a group of kids to take home a state championship.”
Other area placers:
— Carrington’s Scott Burnham was top-seeded in the long jump and didn’t look back after posting a leap of 22-7. The season-best mark by the junior was good enough to win the event, out-jumping Manske and Ellendale’s Kellemon Hinton, who took fourth with a 20-8.
— Kidder County-Napoleon’s Zach Six finished the 400 in a time of 51.17 seconds to place second. The junior, seeded seventh going into the 400, also anchored the Pirates’ 1,600 relay, which took sixth with a time of 3:38.02.
— Barnes County North senior Cody Christ finished fourth in the 3,200 with a 10:04.68.
— Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock’s Tanner Purintun was sixth in the high hurdles, running a 16.21. Also placing in a hurdle event was Harvey-Wells County’s Martin Stumpf, who ran a 42.47 for seventh in the 300.
Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at email@example.com