In spite of a massive downpour, gusting 20 miles per hour winds, Killdeer emerged with some standouts in Friday’s regional track championships in Bowman.
Killdeer’s Kacen Gartner came up with a big win, edging Johnnie Brown of Beulah by just one-hundredths of a second to claim the 100 meter title by an 11.52 to 11.53 margin.
It was one of only individual wins by the Cowboys.
The Cowboys finished the wet and soggy afternoon with a sixth-place finish, scoring 47 points.
Bowman County won the boys team title at the regionals with 194 points, while Beulah was second with 99, barely ahead of Dickinson Trinity (98). The Mott-Regent/New England co-op team was fourth with 76 points. Beach finished fifth with 50 points, ahead of Killdeer (sixth, 47), Grant County-Flasher (seventh, 37), Richardton-Taylor (eighth, 32), Hettinger-Scranton (ninth, 21), Glen Ullin-Hebron (tenth, 18), New Salem-Almont (11th, 8) and Heart River (12th, 6).
Outside of Garten’s narrow win, the other winner for the Cowboys was Jace Anderson in the 3,200 meters. Anderson and Owen Duttenhefner placed one-two in the long distance race through the pouring rain and the gusting winds.
The top three performers at the regionals earned a berth in the state championships in Bismarck.
The two-day championships start Friday and conclude Saturday.