With 18 teams, the competition was stiff, but both Killdeer High School track squads proved they were up to the challenge April 23.
By EDDIE HIBBS III
For the Herald
Posted May 3, 2013
BOWMAN — With 18 teams, the competition was stiff, but both Killdeer High School track squads proved they were up to the challenge April 23. The Cowboys placed second overall, tallying 88 points to finish seven points behind first-place Bowman. The Killdeer girls placed fifth with 50.50 points. Watford City took top team honors with 147 points.
Sophomore Lewis Dobitz shined again for the Cowboys, accounting for 24 points in individual competition and adding 10 points for his part in a winning relay race.
Dobitz took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.03 with the nearest competition coming from sophomore teammate Lincoln Hunter, who finished second in 55.89.
Dobitz was close to returning home with four gold medals. He placed second in the 200-meter dash. Brandon Hill of Hettinger-Scranton edged the sophomore, winning the event in 23.04. Dobitz was third in the 100-meter dash at 11.44 with a crowded line at the finish line. Seth Ewoniuk of Heart River won the race in 11.34.
Dobitz and Hunter teamed with senior Jake Benson and Caleb Musick to capture the gold in the 400-meter relay, finishing in a time of 46.52.
In individual action, Hunter also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.94) and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.36). Benson placed second in two events, both the 110-meter hurdles (17.74) and the long jump (20-07).
Like Benson, freshman Hayes LeMieux also won silver in two individual events – both field events. LeMieux finished second in the high jump (5-08) and the discus throw (109-11).
Senior Brey Gegelman added to the team point totals with a fourth place finish in the shot put (38-05) and finishing seventh in the javelin throw (109-11).
Sophomore Kallisha Keller tallied the most points in individual competition for the Killdeer girls and was one of three individuals to place third in her respective events. Keller cleared 8-6 in the pole vault, earning the bronze medal and six points for the team. She also finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.04 seconds and three more team points.
Senior Lexi Clarke and sophomore Jurnee Murray also returned home with third-place finishes. Clarke finished the 800-meter run in 2:46.65 while Murray finished the 300-meter hurdles in 56.19.
The pole vault was a good event for Killdeer as three of the top eight placers were locals. Freshman Rylee Clarke tied for fourth in the event, clearing 7-0 while sophomore Jocelyn Walker placed seventh, clearing 6-06.
Brooke Fettig placed in a pair of events. The senior long-distance runner placed fifth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:33.13 and eighth in the 800-meter run at 2:55.91.
Freshman Kasey Houghton also placed in two events, finishing seventh in both the 200-meter dash (29.54) and the javelin throw (69-00).
Freshman Abbie Zastoupil also earned points in the field events with a seventh-place showing in the shot put with a mark of 27-6.5.
Killdeer’s 800-meter relay team placed second, finishing in a time of 1:59.19, while the 1600-meter relay squad placed sixth, finishing in 4:59.23.
The girls 800 relay team took 2nd and consists of Kallisha Keller, Lexi Clarke, Rylee Clarke, and Kasey Houghton.