The 2017 girls track team has a strong contingent of tracksters who will be competing at the state track meet, May 26-27, at Bismarck.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
Head coach Kelly Pierce is hoping for a top 10 finish. Last year they tied for ninth place with Dickinson Trinity. I feel with some strong performances they could finish in the top six. Their strongest events will be the 400m and 800m along with the relay teams of 4×400 and 4×800. They will need help with some top eight finishers in the 200m, 1600m, 200m relay, javelin and triple jump. No Night Hawk boys qualified for state. The following are the final girl’s results of the top ten team from the 2016 state track meet.
1. Hazen 83. 2. Carrington 65. 3. Watford City 64. 4. Hillsboro-Central Valley 57.5. 5. Fargo Oak Grove 44. 6. Milnor-Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 37. 7. Langdon Area-Munich 35. 8. Rugby 30. 9. (tie) Dickinson Trinity 26 and Hettinger-Scranton 26.
Coach Pierce provided his comments on the team. “We are excited to head to Bismarck this weekend with some high end athletes. everyone attending the meet has worked hard and will be able to compete in front of huge crowds at the Community Bowl. We will be going into the meet with some lofty expectations in many events. We would love to finish in the top 3 at state with both our 4 x 800 m and 4 x 400 m relays.”
“Our 4 x 800 is ranked second going into the meet and we feel we can compete for a state championship in that event, even though Hillsboro-Central Valley is the heavy favorite. When you get to the state meet you never know what can happen, so we will enter the race with the thought that we can compete with anyone. With Molly Holt, Tayler Burwick, Brianna Robinson, and Taylor Hestekin running that race, we have a lot of experience and nothing to lose. They will go into the race knowing they have been there before and just ready to compete.”
“At the state meet, Taylor Hestekin will be busy. She will compete for state championships in both the 400 m and 800 m open events. She will then also run the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 m relays. She could compete high in the 1600 m run as well, but the timing of the events will not allow her to compete in that event. She is only allowed to compete in 4 events at state so she will not participate in the 200 m, 1600 m, or 4x 200 m relay. We will fill that relay with an alternate runner to be determined later.”
“Molly Holt finished seventh at state last year in the javelin and she will look to finish high once again. The event has many great throwers this year so competition to get on the podium will be fierce. Should be a fun event to watch shake out.”
“Elizabeth Bartholomay finished fifth at state last year in the triple jump and will once again be looking to finish on the podium. This event has many great athletes as well and it will take a great performance, which Elizabeth is capable of, to get on the podium.”
“Sidra Sadowsky is a first time qualifier in the 1600 m run. She has worked hard to earn her spot on the big stage and will compete for a top finish among many great milers in the state.”
“The 4 x 400 m relay is ranked 5th going into the meet, but we will hope and compete to finish better than that on the podium. The runners in this relay will be Molly Holt, Alyssa Andress, Brianna Robinson, and Taylor Hestekin. Samantha Oase will be an alternate if we need someone to step in as she has been on this relay throughout the year and has been part of a qualifying time. These athletes hopefully will cap the meet for us in exciting fashion.”
“We would love to have a top 10 team in the state. If things go well for us, that is a realistic goal.”