Katelynn Lane steadied herself at the starting line and waited calmly for the gun to go off. When it did, the Killdeer senior exploded out of the blocks and gracefully glided over the hurdles and destroyed the field in the 100-meter hurdles at the Killdeer Town Crier track meet on April 30.
It was a dominant performance that epitomized the Cowboys’ dominance in the nine-team field.
Lane blazed to a time of 15.98 seconds, more than a second faster than runner-up Meggie Fischer of Bowman County.
It was also good enough to qualify for the 2017 North Dakota High School Track and Field Championships later this month. But she had already done that a couple of weeks ago.
But something Lane hadn’t done was set a school record. That’s not the case anymore. Her time broke the school record.
She nearly pulled off a double victory in individual races, but fell one-tenth of a second from pulling off that feat in the 100-meter dash. She battled Bowman County’s Cassidy Walby and Skylar Crow of Richardton Taylor in a dead heat. Walby won with a time of 13.44 seconds, followed by Lane at 13.54 and Crow at 13.64.
Shawnee Hansen dominated the other sprints, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She won the 200 in 27.74 seconds and the 400 in 1:04.11.
However, she had to win the 200 twice. Because of a lane-assignment foul up, Hansen and the other competitors in the first heat did not run a full 200 meters, so they had to rerun the race again. Hansen edged Hayley Schmidt of Stanley-Powers Lake at the wire by one-tenth of a second.
Lane and Hansen helped the Cowboys dominate the field run away with the team title, scoring 198.5 points, which was well ahead of runner-up Bowman County.
The Cowboys won eight events and placed in 18 of the 19 events in the meet. In nine of those events, Killdeer had multiple placers, including the shot put, 100, 200, 400 and 100 hurdles where the Cowboys had three.
Killdeer showed the most dominance in the pole vault where the Cowboys again owned the event with seven of the eight placers. Sydney Andersen won the event with a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches, and although Mikka Haugeberg of Watford City placed second, it was all Killdeer after that with Steena Larsen in third, Corrie Dobitz in fourth, Chenneth Morlock and Lane tied for fifth, Rachel Kisse in seventh and Chelsey Morlock in eighth.
Gabi Flaget won the shot put for the Cowboys with a mark of 32 feet, 5 inches. She was joined by Andersen in fifth and Taycee Butts in eighth for the Cowboys in the event.
Killdeer also won the 400- and 800-meter relays and placed third in the 1,600-meter relay and fourth in the 3,200-meter relay.
The team of Elissa Steffan, Chelsey Morlock; Chenneth Morlock, and Molly Nies teamed to post a winning time of 54.01 seconds. Lane, Chenneth Morlock, Andersen and Hansen recorded a winning time of 1:53.65 in the 800 relay.
Other Killdeer placers included: Nies (fourth in the 100 and 200), Steffan (second in the triple jump, sixth in the 100 and seventh in the 200); Rachel Voigt (fourth in the 400); Shyanne Oversen (fourth in the long jump, fifth in the 400O); Danielle Benz (second in the 3,200); Hannah Benz (seventh in the 1,600); Chenneth Morlock (third in the 110 hurdles, fifth in the long jump); Dobitz (seventh in the 100 hurdles); Trae Murray (fifth in the high jump); Rachel Kisse (seventh in the high jump); Chelsey Morlock (fourth in the triple jump); Flaget (fifth in the discus) and Larsen (second in the javelin