BISMARCK -- The wait was worth it for Sierra Rosenau and Kayla Hochhalter.
The standout Carrington throwers continued their domination of the javelin on Saturday, finishing in their accustomed spots atop the field in the javelin at the North Dakota state track meet.
On a damp, windy, overcast day at the Community Bowl, the Cardinals were up to the challenge.
"I've been waiting all year for this," Rosenau said. "(The weather) didn't affect me too much. We've thrown in all kinds of weather this year at meets. Sure, we'd like nice weather, but whatever it is, we're going to throw."
Rosenau, the favorite coming into the meet with the top throw in the state (140-6), was ready from the get-go, popping her first two throws in the 138-foot range.
"It was adrenaline, really," Rosenau said. "The javelin is my favorite, and I'd been waiting for it for two days. I was ready to throw."
Rosenau, a junior, won with a throw of 138-11.
After helping the Cardinals to a state basketball title during the winter, Rosenau added her first track title.
"I couldn't be happier," she said.
Hochhalter, a freshman, came into the meet with the state's third-best throw (129-10) and she topped that with a mark of 130-4 for second place.
"We've been 1-2 at all of our meets," Rosenau said. "It's good to have competition in your own hometown. I'm proud of Kayla, too."
Carrington, helped by the 18 points in the javelin, compiled 43 points to finish in the top five of the team standings, tied with Napoleon for fourth. Rugby edged Velva-Drake-Anamoose 65-61 for the team title, while Langdon-Munich was third with 52.
Josey Page also had a big day for Carrington. The sophomore finished third in the 100 (14.06), sixth in the 200 (27.3) and seventh in the 400 (1:01.33). She teamed up with Jacey Engelhorn, Noelle Braaten and Hannah Lipetzky to win a state title in the 400 relay, clocking in at 50.69.
The Cardinals' Greg Hoeckle was also named the state Class B coach of the year.
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Rikki Schmidt wasn't able to add another state title to her list on Saturday, but the Napoleon standout had a strong day in helping the Imperials to a top-five team finish in her final high school meet.
Schmidt finished second in the 100 (14.05) and 400 (57.77), third in the 200 (26.72) and helped Napoleon's 800 relay to a second.
Parshall freshman Alexis Woods had one final burst to push past Schmidt down the stretch in the 400, winning by 0.55 (57.22-57.77).
"It's tough trying to defend a title," Schmidt said. "We've been going at it the last couple of years and you could tell, every year she's been getting stronger and stronger. I didn't get a title, but it's OK.
"I did my best. She just had more to give than I did."
In the 200, Schmidt was edged out by Langdon-Munich's Julie Dinius and Mott-Regent's Marah Friez.
"It's bittersweet," said the U-Mary-bound Schmidt, who was later named Class B girls Senior Athlete of the Year. "It's not the way I wanted to go out, but there's nothing to be unhappy about. I finished with four state titles. A lot of athletes never get one state title. I'm happy with what I've accomplished and I'm looking forward to the next step, the next level."
Sheridon Dewald, Brenna Schmidt and Heather Wolf combined with Rikki Schmidt for a second-place time of 1:48.88 in the 800 relay.
Senior Shenille Laber also turned in a runner-up finish for the Imperials, leaping 35-6 in the triple jump, just 3 1/2 inches behind Larimore's Taylor Morten.
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Another pair of teammates finished high in the girls' javelin.
Following Carrington's 1-2 finish was a pair of Lisbon throwers in the next two spots. Sophomore Sam Reinke, who came in with the state's sixth-best throw, posted a season-best 126-10 to come in third, followed by teammate McCall Manske. Manske, a junior, threw 119-9.
The Broncos' Ebony Berube brought home a fourth in the shot put with a season-best 38-6. A freshman, Berube was ranked 14th coming into the meet.
Harvey-Wells County's Cassidy Unterseher posted a fourth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.11).
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Travis Flick sure didn't look like his left knee was giving him any problems.
The Harvey-Wells County senior, who suffered a knee injury during a football playoff game last fall, wasn't showing any aftereffects from surgery to repair his ACL last November. Flick won a state title in the 400 to highlight a big day on Saturday.
"I can tell it's not as strong as my right one," Flick said after running away from the field to clock in at 50.3 in the 400, with Watford City's Tyler Bates coming in second at 51.06.
On a tough day for running, Flick posted a season-best, eclipsing his 50.94, which was the best time in the state coming into the meet.
"It felt good to me," Flick said of his bandaged knee.
The wind, however, made things tough.
"It was so strong, it felt like I was walking at the end," Flick said.
Flick added a second (23.75) in the 200, edged out by Central Cass' Jalen Ham (23.24). He anchored Harvey-Wells County's state champion 1600 relay team and their third-place 800 relay.
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Cody Christ of Barnes County North posted a runner-up finish for the second time in as many days.
The Bison junior, ranked second going into the meet, ran to a second-place finish in the 3200. He finished in a season-best 9:50.97, topped only by repeat champion Ken Wells of Parshall, who came in at 9:34.35.
Carrington's Jordan Mittleider went into the meet ranked fourth and finished one spot better in the 110 hurdles. The Cardinals senior finished in 16.17.
Led by a state title from Kasey Groettum in the shot put, the Lisbon Broncos finished second in the team standings, coming up with 44 points. Central Cass won the team title with 47.
Groettum, a senior, threw the shot 53-1 to beat out runner-up Tyler Meyer of Milnor-Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (51-11). The Broncos' Nick Anderson came in third (41-10) in the triple jump and Tyler Doll went for fourth in the javelin (162-0).
South Border's Devin Olson posted a second-place mark of 169-5 in the javelin and a seventh in the shot (46-8).
Throlson is the former sports editor at The Jamestown Sun