Thompson runner overcomes illness to win mile at state track
BISMARCK — Nine months ago, Thompson junior Lana Krack would have had trouble walking up the podium steps at the North Dakota state high school track meet.
On Friday, she received her award as state Class B 1,600 meter champion.
Krack, who is also shooting for titles in the 800 and 3200 on Saturday, completed a comeback from a serious case of anemia last fall to win her first title.
"Ever since we figured it out, it's been wonderful," said Krack, who turned in a 5:12.42. Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page's Mikayla Koenig was second in a time of 5:14.99.
Last spring, she could run a lap before feeling exhausted and she failed to qualify for the state meet. It wasn't until midway through the cross-country season last fall that doctors diagnosed her.
Doctors prescribed her iron pills and she still has regular check-ups to monitor her progress.
"We didn't figure it out until the cross-country season when I just kept getting worse and worse," Krack said. "On August 26, I found out. On October 31, I placed third in the state meet. I've just been feeling better and better."
Krack's fastest time last season was a 5:42, which kept her out of the state meet. Her fastest time this year was a 5:07. "After the first lap of the mile, my legs felt dead. Now I expect it, but it doesn't come," Krack said. "My goal is to win the two-mile, and the 800 is just a gut check."
Krack is the top qualifier by nearly 13 seconds in the 3,200 and is third-fastest in the 800.
Also on the track Friday, Hillsboro's 4x800 relay team of Jensyn Zink, Reagan Baesler, Grace Dryburgh and Gracie Wright took first in 9:42.59.
Watford City was second in 9:44.97.
Benson County's Austin Doornbos won the high jump with a leap of 6-5, the same as runner-up Beau Driscoll of Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, but in fewer attempts.
Northern Lights' Dawson Schroeder won the shot put with a 56-4.5.
The remaining track finals will be decided on Saturday.