The Badlands Conference track meet was held on May 2 at Bowman on a cloudy, cool day with occasional rain.
By SHELDON CHRISTEN
For The Record
Dickinson Trinity easily won both the varsity girls and boys meets. There were 14 varsity teams in the girls division and 17 in the boys division.
The top five teams in the girls division were Trinity with 128 points, Killdeer 90, Hazen 87.50, Bowman Co. 82,50 and Hettinger-Scranton finished fifth with 68 points. The top five teams in the boys division were Trinity 152, Watford City 119.50, Bowman Co. 90, Mott-Regent 74.50 and Beulah 55.50. The Night Hawk boys finished tenth with 21 points.
Some highlights for the Night Hawk girls were Taylor Hestekin finishing first in the 1600m and second in the 200m. The 4×400 relay team took top honors with Tayler Burwick, Molly Holt, Brianna Robinson and Hestekin. Holt also took first in the Javelin and Elizabeth Bartholomy placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump. On the boys side Isaiah Kludt scored 12 of the Night Hawk 21 points as he finished third in the long jump and sixth in both the 100m and 200m.
There was also a junior varsity (JV) meet and the Night Hawk girls won their meet with 85 points and boys finished in eleventh with 15 points. Trinity won the JV with 103 points and New England was second with 88 points. New England is only in their second year having their own track team and two of their boys did quite well in JV portion. Jaxon Hewson took first in the 300m hurdles, high jump and triple jump. Ko Sintacharum finished second in the 100m and 200m and third in the 400m.
Some highlights for the Night Hawk JV girls were Carolyn Schultz first in the 200m, Briana Sanford first in the shot put and javelin, Elizabeth Holzkamm third in the shot put and Quinn Mellmer third in the 200m. For the boys Brady Dillon took first in the discus.
I asked Head Coach Kelly Pierce on how he felt about the Night Hawks after the meet and he responded with the following: “We had a very good Badlands Conference Meet. We were able to get a couple more events qualified with Taylor Hestekin qualifying the 200m and the 1600m. She is having a tremendous season, one in my mind should have her in the running for North Dakota Senior Athlete of the Year. We went into this meet a little differently than last year. Last year we went into this meet treating it like a dress rehearsal for the regional meet. This year, we had had two tough meets last Friday and Saturday, and three meets on the schedule for this week. With it being cold and windy on Tuesday, I decided to scale down the work load on many athletes, knowing that we were going to have better weather later in the week. I wanted to enter the meets Thursday and Saturday with fresh legs ready to run good times.”
“Today (May 4) we are going to a Class A meet in Dickinson, weather is prime, so we will try to get a couple relays qualified today. In order to do that, I knew I couldn’t go hard on the legs Tuesday (May 2). Another factor was that with Hettinger having close-up in Washington DC last week, we had a couple key athletes lose a little conditioning. They will be locked in and ready to go by the regional meet. We also did not take any junior high athletes to this meet so that factored in a little of our depth as well.”
“I really like where we are at right now as a team. In many events, we are ahead of where we were at this time last year. All of our focus is on peaking at the right time, which is that regional track meet in a couple weeks (May 20). I am thinking we are on track to get a few more athletes qualified for the state meet by the end of the week.”