Depth helps Killdeer girls place second at regionals

The Killdeer girls track team enjoyed great success because of balance and depth at the Southwest Region Track Meet in Beach on May 20.
Problem is, Dickinson Trinity had a little more to win the regional title with the Cowboys coming in second in the 13-team field. The Titans won the meet with 144 points, followed by Killdeer with 121.5 and Bowman County was third with 120.
Killdeer’s Shawnee Hansen won the 100-meter dash and was one of four Cowboys to place in four events. Overall, the Cowboys placed in 17 of the 19 events, including all four relays and the pole vault and shot put. Four Killdeer athletes placed in the pole vault and three in the shot put.
The Titans, however, countered with four individual champions and had placers in 14 events. And they used three events – 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, triple jump and javelin – to distance themselves from the outscored Killdeer 58-16.
Still, Hansen and company stayed close by competing and never giving up.
Hansen, Sydney Andersen, Katelynn Lane and Chenneth Morlock all placed in three individual events and participated in relays that placed.
Hansen won the 100 with a season-best and state-qualifying time of 12.96 seconds. The victory was the sixth event in which the talented sophomore qualified for the 2017 North Dakota State High School Track and Field Championships in Bowman this weekend.
She also ran second in the 400 in 1 minute, 1.79 seconds, which was good enough for state, but she had already qualified in the event earlier this season. Hansen also placed fourth in the 200 in 26.89 seconds and teamed with Andersen, Trae Murray and Rachel Voigt on the Cowboys’ fourth-place winning 1,600-meter relay.
In addition to the relay, Andersen, meanwhile, was third in the pole vault (8-06 feet), sixth in the 400 (1:03.43), and eighth in the shot put (31-03).
Lane placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.90 seconds and fifth in the 300-hurdles (50.15) and eighth in the 100-dash (13.51). She also teamed with Molly Nies, Elissa Stafford and Chelsey Morlock on the 800-meter relay with a state-qualifying time of 1:53.36.
Chenneth Morlock placed fifth in pole vault (8-06), sixth in long jump (16-00), seventh in 100-hurdles (17.94) and teamed with Steffan, Nies and Chelsey Morlock on the 400-meter relay team that placed third (53.78) to qualify for state.
Corrie Dobitz led the Killdeer assault in the pole vault, placing second after clearing nine feet. After Andersen, Rachel Kisse was fourth (8-06) followed by Chenneth Morlock.
Gabi Flaget led the Cowboys in the shot place, taking second with a mark of 34-04.5 feet. Taycee butts was fifth (32-05) with Andersen in eighth.
Steena Larsen turned in a personal best of 117 feet to place second in the javelin. She had already qualified for state in the event.
Other placers included: Kisse (fifth in high jump), the 3,200-meter relay team of Hannah Benz, Voigt, Kisse and Danielle Benz (sixth), Danielle Benz (sixth in 3,200-meter run), Hannah Benz (seventh in the 1,600- run), Murray (seventh in high jump), and Awnah Altringer (seventh in discus).


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