I’m late in getting this out but the Junior High (JH) track season ended with the Badlands Track Meet on May 9 at Watford City.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
As with the Night Hawk high school team, the junior high girls are doing better than the boys. But, the boys are hindered by numbers as they only had five participating in the meet whereas the girls had 10.
Separate team scores were kept for the eighth grade and seventh grade teams. Both grades of the Night Hawk girls finished in fifth place out of 12 teams. The top five teams in the eighth grade division were Mott-Regent with 88 points, Dickinson Trinity (76), New England (61), Watford City (58) and the Night Hawks had 54 to finish in fifth.
In the girls seventh grade division Bowman County finished first with 86 points, Trinity (78), Watford City (67), New England (62) and the Night Hawks in fifth with 60 points.
The Night Hawk boys finished in 12th place out of 13 teams in both divisions. Trinity finished first in the eighth grade meet with Hazen second and New England third. Bowman County took first place in the seventh grade meet with Trinity second and Beulah third.
New England did very well in their first year as their own track team in this meet and show promise for their future high school team.
Scoring for the eighth grade Night Hawk girls were Alyssa Andress, first in the 400, second in the 200 and fifth in the long jump. Carolyn Schultz finished second in the 400 and triple jump and fourth in the long jump. Madelyn Larson placed eighth in the discus and also competed in the shot put. I don’t have the names but their 4×400 team placed first.
For the seventh grade girls Samantha Oase was first in the 400 and third in the 200. Katrina Poss was third in the 800 and eighth in the 200 hurdles. Beth Lein was first in the shot put and second in the discus. Also in the discus Rachel Holzkamm place fifth and Tatum Fitch seventh. Their 4×200 team finished first with Rayven Conner, Casitee Miller, Oase and Poss.
Brady Dillon was the only 8th-grader for the Night Hawks and placed third in the shot put and eighth in the discus. For the 7th-graders, Tommy Buckmeier was fifth in the shot put and Josh Dix was seventh in the long jump. Others who participated were Quentin Schumacher and Caden Schauer.
Head Coach Kelly Pierce added, “We are definitely short numbers at the junior high level, but the athletes all work hard and showed great improvements throughout the year. Brady set personal bests in the shot and discus several times throughout the year. On the girls side, our numbers were better. We had many athletes that placed at or near the top in their events. Alyssa Andress, Quinn Mellmer, and Carolyn Schultz led the 8the graders on the track and in the jumps. Madelyn Larson came out and in her first year and showed a lot of promise in the throws. The seventh graders were introduced to the sport and had a great year. Many great runners at this level and the throwers are very strong performers at this level.”