Killdeer thinclads place two at Class B State Track Meet in Bismarck

Rope Smith (second from right) stands on the podium placing second place in the Class B State Track Meet in Bismarck last week in discus. (Inset) Smith with his second place throw in the discus. He was joined on the podium by Katelynn Lane who also placed second in the meet in the 100-meter hurdles.

Killdeer’s Rope Smith and Katelynn Lane placed second and others set school records at the 2017 Class B North Dakota High School Track and Field Championships last week in Bismarck.

The Killdeer girls team, which placed in five events, including two relays, placed in the top 10. The Cowboys scored 26.5 points for ninth place. Hazen won the state title with 78 points.

The boys, meanwhile, placed in four events and scored 18.5 points for 14th place. New Town won the team title with 85 points

Smith turned in his best effort in the discus, recording a mark of 158 feet, 8 inches to place runner-up behind Wyatt Hanson of Stanley/Powers Lake, who won with a toss of 163-01 feet. Smith’s mark was nearly 10 feet more than his previous best.

Lane, meanwhile, came within .04 seconds from winning gold, posted a time of 16.14 seconds to place second in the 100-meter hurdles. Elaina Swartz of Park River-FL was first place.

Lane was also involved in setting a new school record in the 800-meter relay. She teamed with Chelsey Morlock, Sydney Andersen and Shawnee Hansen to post a time of 1 minute, 48.12 seconds to place fourth. The previous record was 1:50.40.

Andersen, Hansen, and Morlock were joined by Rachel Voigt in the 1,600-meter relay that placed fifth in 4:12.67.

Hansen and Andersen also won individual honors at the state meet for the second year in a row.

Hansen, who missed a few meets at the beginning of the season because of an injury suffered during basketball season, placed eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.31.

Andersen rebounded from one of her worst performances at the Southwest Region meet when she topped off at 8 feet, 6 inches, set a school record when she cleared 9-09 to tie for third at the state meet. Andersen placed eighth at state last year.

Corrie Dobitz also placed for the Cowboys in the pole vault. Dobitz cleared 9-03 to place sixth.

On the boys side, Hoyt Zander placed for the second year in a row in the pole vault. He took third this year after clearing 13- 03. He was fourth last year.

Garrett LeMieux tied for sixth in the high jump with Drew Wittich of Sargent Central after clearing 6 feet.

Tony Kluver posted his best effort of the season in the javelin with a toss of 160-2 to take seventh place.


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