BISMARCK -- When Thompson miler Lana Krack woke up Friday morning and flipped on the weather report and heard what she wanted to hear, she knew it would be her day at the North Dakota state Class B track meet.
“I love this weather! This is honestly my favorite, drizzling and 50 degrees,” Krack said. “When I saw the forecast, I thought ‘yes, this is good. I can do this.’ ”
Krack did it all right, defending her championship in the 1,600 meters in a personal-best time of 5:04.38. That was three seconds faster than she had ever run it and the first time this season she beat her winning time of last year.
Krack had no competition after the first lap, which was led by Langdon Area’s Elise Ramberg, who finished second in 5:19.21.
Krack said patience was the key, no matter how excited she was about the weather.
“I like to keep it controlled in the first lap,” Krack said. “I tried to rein it in the first lap. You can make it real miserable if you go out too fast. Usually once I get past the first lap it’s pretty good.”
With one lap to burn off adrenaline, Krack settled into a groove and ran alone, eventually finished a full straightaway ahead of Ramberg.
Krack will go for a double in the 3,200 on Saturday. That, she says, is her favorite event.
“It’s the first race I ran as a seventh-grader and I was afraid the mile would be harder,” Krack said. “In the two mile, you have time to figure out where you’re at and if you make a mistake you have time to figure it out later. The mile you don’t have as much time.”
Krack later ran a leg on the winning 4x800 relay in 10:04.33. Her teammates were Claire Snyder, Kaela Schultz and Emma Cullen.
Edgeley-Kulm’s Isaac Huber won the boys’ 1,600 in a meet-record time of 4:17.58.
“We went out pretty fast but the second lap was a little slow,” Huber said. “On the third lap, I thought I could go for it.”
Huber ran the first lap behind New Town’s Jaiven Hale, who finished second in 4:24.70. But Huber moved into the lead on the back stretch of lap two and stayed in front the rest of the way. He had a five-yard lead at the bell but pulled away of the last 400 meters.
“It was a little windy and a little wet, but in North Dakota you can’t just hope for good weather because it’s not going to happen.”
Huber glanced at the clock as he made his final turn and thought he had a chance at the mark.
“I looked at the clock and knew I could do it if I went hard. It was a pretty quick 100.”
New Town won the boys’ 4x800 relay in 8:08.42.
New Rockford-Sheyenne’s Bo Belquist won the long jump with a 21-8.75 after entering with the sixth-best qualifying mark.
Hillsboro-Central Valley’s Kaden Pastian beat top qualifier Austin Widmer of Fargo Oak Grove in the discus with a toss of 180-4.
“Me and Austin have been battling all year. This went back and forth as well. It’s awesome to have that competition,” Pastian said. “My second-to-last throw is always my best. This one was, too.”
The Class B girls’ pole vault was postponed until Saturday morning.