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BISMARCK -- A month ago, Logan Dick didn't know if she'd get a chance to compete at the North Dakota Class B girls high school track and field meet. Dick not only recovered from an ankle injury; she left here Saturday as a state champion. The senior ran one of the legs on the Langdon-Munich team that won the 4x200 relay. Dick is the lone senior on the quartet of Julie Dinius, McKenzie Hart and Mercedes Stein that won with a time of one minute, 46.67 seconds. "It makes it more satisfying, coming off the injury and still being able to compete like this," Dick said. "It's awesome.
BISMARCK -- With a state pole vault championship clinched, Jordan Fisk had the bar elevated 5 inches to 14 feet, 2 inches. The significance of the height is that Steve Sand holds the Langdon-Munich school record of 14-1. "That would be huge to get the school record. We've had some pretty good vaulters," Fisk said. Add the junior to that list. He became the Cardinals' fifth boys pole vault champion.
BISMARCK -- Tournament jitters bring out the best in Kali Hook. The Griggs County Central junior was the only shot putter to exceed 38 feet here Friday in the opening day of the North Dakota Class B girls high school track and field meet. In fact, Hook surpassed 39 feet three times, with a winning throw of 39 feet, 6 inches. "My goal was to hit 40 feet," said Hook, a third-place finisher in the shot at state as a sophomore. "But I was really happy to hit three 39-footers. "I was worried I wasn't going to hit it. I get nervous pretty easily." Hook hit her first 39-footer in the prelims.
BISMARCK -- Friday was just like any other day at pole vaulting practice for Kari Novotny and Ashley Zeitvogel. Well -- except for a few things. They were wearing their track uniforms, Novotny of Grand Forks Central and Zeitvogel of Grand Forks Red River. And they were competing against each other for a state title. The Grand Forks vaulters finished second and third here in the opening day of the North Dakota Class A high school track meet. Bismarck's Megan Meyer won the vault, clearing 10 feet, 9 inches.
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River and Stephen-Argyle finds themselves in uncharted waters on the golf course. On Monday, the Gators won the team championship in the North Subsection 8A girls golf meet. They shot a 405 to beat runner-up Kittson County Central by 18 strokes. The subsection title is the first in Christine Reese's 11 seasons as head coach. To her knowledge, it's never happened before in the program. Likewise, Stephen-Argyle won its first boys subsection championship, shooting a 336 to runner-up Lake of the Woods' 351.
MAYVILLE, N.D. -- John Clancy is running after a relative. The Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg senior is tied for the No. 7 seed in the 400 going into the North Dakota Class B high school track meet, which begins Friday in Bismarck. Clancy is not only running after a state title -- he's chasing a long-standing school record in the 400 held by his uncle, Tim Clancy. "I don't see Tim too often,'' John Clancy said. "But when I do, (his school record) usually comes up. I give him a hard time that I'm going after it. "It's something to strive for.
Cass Heigaard watched Fordville-Lankin/Park River's run through basketball's postseason with mixed feelings this winter. The Flyers won their second consecutive Region 2 championship and wound up one win shy of a North Dakota Class B girls basketball state title, losing by two points to Kidder County in the state championship game. Heigaard was a contributor off the bench on the 2007-08 Flyers team that went to state; this winter she was a spectator, sidelined by physical problems. "I was happy they did as well as they did," Heigaard said. "But there were mixed emotions.
STEPHEN, Minn. -- Basketball hoops are commonplace in driveways across the area. But jumping pits like the one that used to be on the Aakre farm in rural Stephen -- now that's another matter. "That's the only family I know of in the 25 years I've coached track who had a jumping pit in their backyard," West Marshall boys high school track coach Garry Kotts said. That pit has helped the sons of Leif and Cheryl Aakre develop into standout jumpers.
GRAFTON, N.D. -- Grafton is one of the largest schools in North Dakota Region 2 high school track. But when Wade Berg was a freshman, the Spoilers managed only five points in the 2006 boys region meet. "It was embarrassing," said Berg, now a senior. "Most people would want to quit. You felt like a real loser. "But the kids in my grade, and the one below it, stuck it out." Perseverance paid off. Grafton won the boys region team title here Saturday.
The Minnesota State High School League will hold its state track meet in June. For Jaclyn Scanlan, however, her favorite state track meet is today. Scanlan and her East Grand Forks Senior High teammates will compete in the Minnesota High School Coaches Association-sponsored state true team meet in Stillwater. The difference between this and the MSHSL meet is numbers -- individuals qualify for the June meet, while entire teams qualify for the true team meet. "I like this one because everybody on the team goes," Scanlan said. "It's exciting. It's more fun than the state meet in June.