Cowboys eye state berths at regional meet

What’s at stake is a chance Saturday is a chance to chase state championship glory.

Some have already punched their ticket to the 2017 North Dakota State High School Track and Field Championships next weekend.

Others are close.

All will have one more chance Saturday at the 2917 Southwest Region Track and Field Meet in Beach.

The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the big dance.

Additionally, athletes can qualify for state if they meet established state-qualifying standards.

The field events are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. and the running events at 11 a.m.

The afternoon session is slated to start at 1 p.m. with field events while the running events are scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Cowboys go into the regional meet with several invididuals already qualified for the big show.

Killdeer has seven individuals and two relay teams that have already qualified for state.

Shawnee Hansen and Katelynn Lane qualified for two individual events. Hansen is in the  200- and 400-meter dashes while Lane is going in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Hansen and Lane have also helped the Cowboys’ 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams qualify for state.

Both were joined by Elissa Steffan and Chelsey Morlock in the 400-relay while Hansen teamed with Chelsey Morlock and Rachel Voigt in the 1,600-relay.

Killder will also have four in the pole vault, including Sydney Andersen, Corrie Dobitz, Chenneth Morlock and Rachel Kissee.

Steena Larsen has also qualified in the javelin.

On the boys side, Hoyt Zander, Rope Smith and Garrett LeMieux have secured spots at the state meet.

Zander qualified for state in the first meet of the season in pole vault and has consistently reached the qualifying standard of 12 feet all season.

Smith, who has been balancing track and rodeo, qualified in the discus.

LeMieux made his way to state in the high jump. 

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