Chasing championship glory

Killdeer will be sending 21 athletes to the 2017 North Dakota State High School Track and Field Championships in Bismarck this weekend. The athletes include, first row from left: Rachel Voigt, Chenneth Morlock, Gabi Flaget, Katelynn Lane, Chelsey Morlock, Jace Andersen, Molly Nies, Rachel Kisse, Steena Larsen, Elissa Steffan, and Corrie Dobitz. Second row, from left, include: Sydney Andersen, Shawnee Hansen, Kacen Gartner, Alex Sadowsky, Garrett LeMieux, Rope Smith, Dillan Jepson, Hoyt Zander and C ole Dukart. Not pictured, Tony Kluver. – Bryan Gallegos/Dunn County Herald

The chase for state championship glory starts today.
Hundreds of prep athletes will converge at the Bismarck Community Bowl at Bismarck State College for the 2017 North Dakota State High School Track and Field Championships in Bismarck.
Killdeer will have plenty of representation with 21 athletes competing for gold. The Cowboys will be represented in 11 events on the girls side and nine events on the boys side.
The meet opens at 8:30 a.m. with the traditional Parade of Athletes. The athletes will loop around the track and will be recognized.
The action in the two-day meet is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. with the 300-meter hurdles in the running events and the Class B girls long jump. The last event of the day 4:30 p.m. ill be the 3,200-meter relay at
The next day, following the national anthem at 7:45 a.m., the finals in the running events will be held with field events starting at 8 a.m. with the Class B girls shot put.
Killdeer is ranked in the top 10 in 11 events, including number-one rated Hoyt Zander in the pole vault. Zander, who placed fourth at state last year, has the top mark this year at 13 feet, 6 inches, an inch higher than Dylan Brandt of Kindred.
Katelynn Lane is ranked in the top 10 in the two hurdles events. She is fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.90 seconds and 10th in the 300-meter hurdles in 48.24 seconds.
Rope Smith is ranked third in the discus after he set a Region 5 meet record with his winning toss of 149-08 feet. Alex Sadowsky is ranked eighth in the event with his 138-02 effort at the regional meet.
Garrett LeMieux is rated fourth in the high jump after leaping 6-feet, 4 inches early in the year. Only an inch separates the top-four-rated jumpers.
Corrie Dobitz had found a rhythm the past couple of weeks and posted the fifth-best mark in the pole vault at 9-6. She is part of the Cowboys’ dominance in the event the event that saw Killdeer qualify four for state, and the others are also in the top 10. Chenneth Morlock, Rachel Kisse and Sydney Andersen have all cleared nine feet and are rated six through eight.
Tony Kluver, who has been on a roll in the javelin all season, is seeded eight after he tossed the spear 158-05 in the Region 5 meet.
Shawnee Hansen, a state medalist last year and state-qualifier in three individual events this year, is seeded 10th in the 400-meter dash.
And two Cowboy relay teams are also in the top 10. The 400-meter relay team is seeded eight with a time of 52.14 seconds while the 1,600-meter relay team is 10th with a time of 4:15.84.
The other Killdeer seeds include: Steena Larsen, 13th in the javelin (117-00); Zander, 14th in javelin (143-07) and 16th in long jump (20-09.75; Gabi Flaget, 14th in the shot put (35-10); Hansen is seeded 16th in the 100-meter dash (12.96) and 17ty in the 200 (26.84); and Jace Andersen, a surprise state-qualifier in the 3,200-meter run, is seeded 21st with a time of 10:54.21.
In the relays, the Killdeer girls 800-meter relay is seeded 11th (1:50.46) and the boys 400-meter

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