Eye on southwest ND sports

Head Coach Kelly Pierce of the Night Hawk boys and girls track teams made my column easy this week.  He provided me the following insight of the recent SW Regional track meet and the upcoming state track meet.

Sheldon COLUMN BOX“Regional track and field went about as well as we could have hoped. We knew on the girls side that it would be difficult to beat Killdeer with all of their points in the pole vault. We had a lot of great performances on both the boys and girls teams.”

“We went into the meet wanting to get our boys’ 4×100 and 4×400 m relays qualified and were hoping for Sam in the triple jump, Isaiah in the long jump, and Brandon in the 200m.  We were able to get 3 of the 5, which we were really happy with. Isaiah and Brandon competed well, but we know it would be difficult to sneak them both in the top 3 to get to state.”

“The girls we were a little disappointed that we didn’t already have our 4×200 relay qualified prior to the regional. We knew if we could use Hestekin in the 3200 relay we could have scored more points and still won the 4×200 with another runner, but we didn’t want to chance it so we used Hestekin in the 4×200 to make sure we would get the state qualification.  Otherwise, we had a great day. Molly Holt in the javelin and Elizabeth Bartholmy in the 100m, and our 4×100 m relay were events we really thought we could get qualified, and all of those athletes performed great to make it a reality. As a team, we just had a really strong meet. Hestekin winning all of her events was not a surprise, but those were 3 grueling events that she made look pretty easy. Also our 4×400 m relay taking first was a great showing from some young kids. Sidra Sadowsky and Shawdai Curtis also had great performances for us on the day, with Sidra just missing top 3 in both the mile and 2 mile.”

“For me the highlight of the day was the 3rd place team finish and Lizzy Thompson being named Powerade Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Lizzy won that award on shear heart and determination. She is the ultimate leader and showed her competitive side in coming from behind to win that 4×400 m relay.”

“As for state track, I am thinking on the girls side of things it will come down to Hazen, Carrington, and Watford City. With the boys, I am thinking New Town, Trinity, and Des Lacs-Burlington will have a shot.”

“As for our relays, I am not sure who will be running in them as of yet. We have a few slight injuries from Saturday that will dictate who runs in what. We will go with who we think can run the best times at state.”

Thanks Kelly, the track teams did well this year.  The girls should have another good year next season as almost the entire team is back.  The boys lose some good seniors and will need some help.

Congratulations to Night Hawk Head Coach Kelly Pierce for earning the SW Region Coach of the Year.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– 27-28 May 27-28, State Track Meet at Bismarck

– 31 May 31 – June 1, Girls basketball camp

– 31 May 31 – June 2 Boys basketball camp at Scranton & Hettinger

-31 May 31 – June 2, Elementary boys and girls basketball camp at Hettinger & Scranton

See you at the games!