It was a good day to throw the javelin for Steena Larsen.
On a blustery day at Dickinson State University’s Biesiot Activities Center in the BAC High School Track and Field Classic, Larsen tossed the javelin 116 feet, four inches to win the event and punch her ticket to the 2017 North Dakota High School State Track and Field Championships later this month.
Her mark easily eclipsed the state-qualifying standard and it bettered her previous personal best by nearly 14 feet.
Larsen was not the only Killdeer athlete to strike gold at the meet.
Shawnee Hansen had her hand in two gold-medal efforts, winning the 400 and helping the Cowboys’ 400-meter relay team.
Hansen teamed with Sydney Andersen, Chelsey Morlock, and Rachel Voigt to win the relay in 4 minutes, 20.29 seconds.
She won the individual event with a time of 1:04.01, edging Sarah Mayer of Dickinson Trinity .49 of a second. She also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash in 27.09 seconds.
Killdeer placed in 10 events in the meet, including, of course, the pole vault and the 400 with three Cowboys in the mix.
Anderson led the way in the pole vault by placing third with a mark of 8 feet, 9 inches. Corrie Dobitz was fifth (7-09) and Chenneth Morlock sixth (7-09).
In the 400, Andersen was third behind Hansen (1:06.70), and Voigt eighth (1:09.32).
In other events, Murray was seventh in the javelin (101-07), seventh in the high jump (4-07) and sixth in the discus (95-10); Chenneth Morlock fifth in the long jump (15-08) and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.73); Rachel Kisse was sixth in the high jump 4-07); Elissa Stefan fifth in the triple jump (32-00); and the 400-meter relay was fourth.
At the Badlands Conference meet in Bowman, Hansen won the 400 and placed in the 100 and 200 to lead the Cowboys to a second place finish behind Dickinson Trinity.
The Titans won the meet with 128 points, followed by the Cowboys with 90 in the 14-team field.
Hansen won the 400 with a time of 1:04.28, and placed seventh in the 100 (13.61) and eighth in the 200 (27.76)
Katelynn Lane and Chenneth Morlock each took second place for the Cowboys. Lane placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.61. Lane was also eight in the pole vault. Meanwhile, Morlock leaped 16-03 in the long jump. Morlock was also fifth in the pole vault.
Other Killdeer placers included: Sydney Andersen (third in pole vault, sixth in the 400); Voigt sixth in the 800); Danielle Benz third in the 3,200); Corrie Dobitz fourth in pole vault; Kisse sixth in pole vault; Larsen seventh in pole vault and third in the discus; Steffan eighth in the triple jump, Gabi Flaget fourth in the shot put; and Taycee Butts eight in the discus.
At the DHS Carlson Booster Track and Field Invitational at Dickinson State, Lane won the 100 hurdles in 16.03 and helped the Cowboys to an eight place finish with 34.5 points.
Hansen was second in the 100 and seventh in the 200. Andersen was sixth in the 400 and fifth in the pole vault. Dobitz was seventh in the pole vault while Flaget was eighth in the shot put and the 800-meter relay team was third.