Depth and experience helped the Killdeer girls track team start the year with a bang.
By Bryan Gallegos
The Cowboys won six events scored in just about every event to win the hastily-scheduled Killdeer Cowboys “Quick Trigger” Invitational on April 7. Killdeer won the six-team meet with 189.5 points, edging out Hazen’s 189 points.
The meet was the Cowboys’ season opener after the Bowman Invitational was cancelled on April 4 due to bad weather. Killdeer was also scheduled to compete in an indoor meet at Minot State University on April 7, but school officials chose to instead host the “Quick Trigger”.
Rachel Voigt, Katelynn Lane, Sydney Andersen, Elissa Steffan, and Gabi Flaget each won individual titles and the team of Andersen, Flaget Voigt and Trae Murray won the 1,600-meter relay.
But it was definitely a team effort.
In addition to winning a third of the events, Killdeer scored points in 14 events. The Cowboys had at least three placers in four of those events, and nine times the team had at least two placers.
It was never more evident of their dominance than in the pole vault. Anderson won the event with a mark of 8 feet, 6 inches, but she was followed teammates Corrie Dobitz, Chenneth Morlock, Rachel Kisse, Lane and Chelsey Morlock. That event accounted for 36 points.
In the triple jump, Steffan won with a mark of 30.7 feet, and she was followed by Taycee Butts in second and Kylee Boltz in fourth. That added 23 more points to the total.
Lane led a trio of Cowboys in the 100-meter hurdles, winning the event in 16.64 seconds. Chenneth Morlock was third and Dobitz sixth. That event was good for 19 points.
And in the high jump, although the Cowboys didn’t win the event, they placed second (Kisse), third (Murray) and fifth (Boltz), which scored 17.5 points.
They got 15 points from the 800-meter run when Voigt won with a time of 2:51.64 and Kisse placed fourth. They added a dozen more from the shot put, with Flaget winning with a toss of 32-8.5 feet and Anderson placed seventh.
The Cowboys prevailed despite missing Shawnee Hansen, who is currently nursing a foot injury sustained during basketball season. Hansen qualified for state in five events and set two school records as a freshman.