The season is just three meets old and Killdeer’s Katelynn Lane has punched her ticket to the big dance.
And she’s tasted victory twice already.
Lane won first place in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.29 seconds at the Bison-Miner Invitational in Hazen on April 11. Her winning time was good enough to qualify for the 2017 North Dakota High School Track and Field Championships next month.
Lane joins teammate Hoyt Zander as state qualifier. Zander secured his spot in the state meet in the pole vault when he cleared 12 feet, 6 inches in the season-opening Killdeer Cowboys “Quick Trigger” Invitational on April 7.
Lane has exploded out of the blocks in the 100-meter hurdles this season. In addition to her victory at the Bison-Miner meet, she was first in the inaugural “Quick Trigger.” And most recently, she placed fifth at the Bowman County Invitational in Bowman on Tuesday.
Her success in the event has helped the Killdeer girls enjoy some early success as a team. The Cowboys won the “Quick Trigger”, were 11th in the 22-team Bison-Miner meet despite being woefully undermanned, and fifth in the 14-team Bowman County meet.
In Hazen, the girls scored 25.7 points by placing in five events. In addition to her victory in the 100-hurdles, Lane placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles. Meanwhile, Rachel Kisse placed third in the pole vault and Chelsey Morlock tied for seventh. In the triple jump, Elissa Steffan was sixth, followed in seventh by Chelsey Morlock. And in the javelin, Julia Moreno was seventh.
In Bowman, Killdeer had its full contingent and scored 73.5 points. The Cowboys placed in nine events, including the pole vault where they had six of the top eight marks.
Sydney Andersen was second in the event, followed in by Chelsey Morlock in third, Rachel Kisse fourth, Corrie Dobitz and Chenneth Morlock tied for fifth and Lane in seventh.
Taycee Butts and the team’s 800-meter relay team also took second place honors in Bowman. Butts was second in the discus with a mark of 101 feet, 10 inches and the relay team turned in a time of 1:54.26.
Anderson also added a third-place effort in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.69.
Other placers included: Shawnee Hansen, fourth in the 200-meter dash; Jaylynn Hicks, sixth in the 1,600-meter run, followed by Danielle Benz in seventh; Trae Murray, seventh in the high jump; Gabi Flaget, s fifth in the discus; and Lily McFadden, fifth in the javelin.