BISMARCK -- There should be a sign posted behind the No. 1 position on the awards stand at the North Dakota state Class A track and field meet that reads “Reserved for Shelby Frank.”
On Friday, the Grand Forks Red River junior whipped the competition and survived the elements to win her fourth straight Class A discus title with a throw of 154 feet, 11 inches. That easily bested the second-best throw of 112-11 by Fargo Shanley’s Kelly Christmann.
The only person not happy with Frank’s performance on a cold, rainy and windy day was Frank.
“The conditions were really, really bad,” Frank said. “It was raining and cold and cloudy. I should be proud of what I did for the weather but I do wish since it was the state meet it could have gone a little bit better.”
Frank entered the event with a qualifying mark of 167-0. Teammate Jade Azure had the second-best qualifying mark of 128-9 but finished fifth with a 108-9.
Frank won state title with throws of 155 the last two seasons. Missing that mark took something away from the win, regardless of how big a win it was.
“It’s not really about that to me,” Frank said of her 42-foot win. “It’s more about beating myself. Even though I won by a lot -- that’s good for records and stuff -- but it’s more about beating my own records.”
Frank was the only Grand Forks athlete winning an event on Friday. Red River’s Claire Leach and Leecia Flaten placed in the triple jump, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.
In the high jump, Red River’s Roxy Fish placed seventh.
Central’s Mikayla Weiss placed eighth in the 1,600.
In the boys division, GF Central’s Ben Hoverson placed third in the triple jump.
Also, Wahpeton’s Josh Darwin took first in the high jump with a leap of 6 foot, 6 inches. He tried unsuccessfully to set a new record of 6-11.