Zander, LeMieux soaring high

Hoyt Zander is 2-0 in the pole vault in this young season. The senior from Killdeer again won the event, this time in the Bowman County Invitational on Tuesday, clearing 12 feet.

Earlier this month, Zander qualified for the 2017 North Dakota High School Track and Field Championships by clearing 12-6 at the inaugural Killdeer Cowboys “Quick Trigger” Invitational.

His victory on Tuesday helped the Cowboys score 58 points and place fifth in the 13-team event. Although Zander was the only champion, the Cowboys placed in 11 events.

Zander, however, is not the only one off with a quick start for the Cowboys. Garrett LeMieux continued to soar in the high jump, placing fourth with a leap of 5-08. It was the third consecutive meet in which the junior has placed in the event.

LeMieux has two victories under his belt this year. He won the “Quick Trigger” and was on top at the Bison-Miner Invitational on April 11 in Hazen with a mark of 5-10. He helped the undermanned Cowboys score 27 points and an 11th-place tie in the 22-team meet.

In Bowman, LeMieux also placed fifth in the discus, as the Cowboys scored points in 10 events. In addition to Zander and LeMieux, Kacen Gartner placed third in the 100-meter dash and the Cowboys’ 400-meter relay team placed third.

Other Killdeer placers included: Stephen Westarp, fourth in the 800-meter run; Liam McFadden, fourth in the shot put; Alex Sadowsky, fifth in the javellin; Cole Dukart, fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 200-meter dash; Rope Smith, sixth in the discus; and the 800-meter relay, which placed eighth.

At the Bison-Miner meet, the Cowboys placed in five events. In addition to LeMieux, other placers included: Dukart, fourth in the 110-hurdles; Rope Smith, seventh in the discus and eighth in the javelin; Sadowsky, fifth in the discus, Dylan Tabor, seventh in the javelin, and the 1,600-meter relay team.    

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