The Cowboys track and field team fell just short of a regional crown Saturday at Beach.
Posted May 24, 2013
FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEACH – The Cowboys track and field team fell just short of a regional crown Saturday at Beach. Dickinson Trinity won the team championship with 111 points while Killdeer finished as runner-up – only two points back. Bowman County finished in third with 94 points.
The sprinters led the way for the Cowboys with victories in three relays. Lewis Dobitz, a member of two of the winning relays, also captured gold in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.28. Dobitz teamed with Tucker Beck, Trenton Rohr and Hunter Lincoln to win both the 800-meter and the 16000-meter relays with finishing times of 1:31.91 and 3:32.52, respectively. Rohr and Lincoln were joined by Caleb Musick and Jake Benson to win the 400-meter relay with a time of 45.14.
Dobitz almost made it a clean sweep of gold medals on the day, but finished second in the 400 with a time of 52.31. Beck and Benson also picked up silver medals. Beck was runner-up in the 200 with a time of 22.99 while Benson qualified for state by finishing second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.79. Beck also placed third in the long jump, clearing 19-10.
Athletes who had not previously qualified for the state meet could do so at the regional meet by placing in the top third (or meeting the state qualifying criteria, time or distance).
“We had a couple kids that barely missed qualifying events,” Killdeer track coach Barb Quintus said. “Hunter missed out on third in a close 800 race. Hayes (LeMieux) was fourth in high jump and discus and really stepped up for us.
“Calum (Blankenship) and Jon (Mossett) went four-five in the two-mile run and both had a shot at third with 150 meters to go. Jake was in the finals in long jump and finished seventh.”
LeMieux cleared 115-1 in the discus and 5-8 in the high jump. Blankenship ran the two-mile run in 11:13.83 followed by Mossett roughly 12 seconds back. Benson cleared 19-1 in the long jump.
Also scoring points for the team were Hoyt Zander in the pole vault, who placed fifth and the 3200-meter relay team of Blankenship, Cody Johnson, David Arthur and Mossett, which placed sixth in 9:56. Brey Gegelman finished his career with a seventh-place finish in the shot put.
“We had a couple of eighth graders step up and compete really well,” Quintus added. “Hoyt Zander was fifth in the pole vault and Daniel Arthur was fifth in discuss.”
Zander cleared 9-0 while Arthur reached 113-11 on his best throw.