Kacen Gartner was stride for stride with Hazen’s Spencer Mathias in the homestretch of the 200-meter finals at the Killdeer Town Crier track meet on April 30. Mathias moved ahead slightly with about 15 meters to go.
But on this day and in this race, Gartner found a move that made his day and spoiled Mathias’ bid to sweep the short sprint races.
With a burst of last-second determination, the Killdeer sophomore surged past the surprised Gartner and drew a roar of approval from teammates and friends standing at the finish line.
Both leaned at the wire
Gartner first, by two-tenths of a second. Gartner’s winning time was 23.94 seconds, while the senior from Hazen who had already won the 100 was saddled with second in 24.14.
It was a sweet victory for Gartner, who won his first individual race of the season.
And he helped the Cowboys score 95 points and place second in the Town Crier. Bowman County ran away with the team title, amassing 182 points in the 10-team field.
But the Cowboys certainly held their own on their home turf. Killdeer won three events in the meet and placed in 11 events. The Cowboys also had a state-qualifying effort in the pole vault – again.
In addition to Gartner’s victory, Garrett LeMieux won the high jump for the third time this season and Tony Kluver won the javelin for the second week in a row.
LeMieux cleared six feet in the high jump while Kluver tossed the javelin 147 feet, six inches.
Meanwhile, Hoyt Zander battled Watford City’s Baredon Gumke in the pole vault. Zander cleared 12 feet, 6 inches but so did Gumke. And then Gumke cleared 13 feet and Zander didn’t and settled for second. But Zander’s effort was a state-qualifying mark, the second time he has reached that standard this year.
Zander, LeMieux, Stephen Westarp and Pat Williams each placed in two individual events.
To go with his winning effort in the high jump, LeMieux was sixth in the shot put. Zander also placed fourth in the javelin. Westarp, meanwhile, placed third in 800- and 1,600-meter runs. Williams placed seventh in the shot put and discus.
Williams was among three placers in each of the shot put and discus. Liam McFadden was second in the shot put with mark of 40-01, followed by LeMieux and Williams.
Alex Sadowsky led the Cowboys’ charge in the discus, placing fifth, followed by Rope Smith in sixth and Williams.
Other Killdeer placers included: the 400-meter relay team in second; the 800-meter relay team in third; Dylan Tabor in sixth in the high jump; Liam Reilly in eighth in the 200, and Garrett Calkins in eight in the 3,200-meter run.