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Heath Hotzler, Published May 24 2009

ND Class A boys state track: Equipment switch vaults Fargo South's Larson to state track title

BISMARCK – Brock Larson’s pole vault experiment materialized into a state title Saturday.

Using a 15-foot pole for the first time this season, Larson vaulted a personal-best 14 feet, 9 inches to capture first place in Class A boys during the North Dakota state track and field meet at the Community Bowl.

“I wanted to do something new for state,” said Larson, a Fargo South sophomore who quarterbacked the Bruins’ football team to the Class 3A state title game this year. “I had nothing to lose. Go big or go home.”

Larson used a 14 feet, 6 inch pole all season.

He said he felt it was time to move up after clearing 14-6 during the East Region meet.

Larson said North Dakota State University agreed to loan him a 15-foot pole for state.

However, he had almost no time to practice with the new piece of equipment.

It didn’t matter.

“I was kind of thinking I had a chance at state,” Larson said. “But I didn’t really think I could win it.”

But there was some pain with the pleasure.

Larson already had the state title in hand when he turned his ankle on his first attempt at clearing 15 feet. He suffered the injury when after his vault he stepped awkwardly onto the vault box.

Larson’s ankle was taped, and he walked with a severe limp getting on and off the awards stand.

“I want to try to work my way up,” Larson said. “But it looks like (I’ll be keeping the 15-foot pole next season).”

Wahpeton’s Smith nabs win in 100 dash

Wahpeton sprinter Ryan Smith saw Bismarck St. Mary’s sophomore John Welk out of the corner of his eye at the finish line.

Smith knew coming into the 100 meters that the race would be close. However, this was ridiculous.

Smith earned his first state title with a time of 11.261. Welk finished second at 11.265. Both times were rounded up to 11.27 in the final standings.

“I got a pretty good start,” said Smith, a junior football and track and field standout. “John is really fast. I knew it was going to be between me and him. It was a fun race.”

Smith, whose sisters Kiki and Allie were both Huskies standouts, also finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 22.51. Welk won that event with a time of 22.39.

“It feels amazing,” Smith said.

Sprints

Bismarck won the boys team race with 125½. Minot was second at 84½ and Jamestown third at 69½. … Jamestown senior Andy Lillejord earned the boys long jump title with a leap of 22 feet, 2½ inches. West Fargo’s Luke Solum was second at 21 feet. Lillejord earned the triple jump crown on Friday with a distance of 43-3…Grand Forks Red River senior Ryan Todhunter set an overall state meet record in 300 hurdles with a time of 37.65. The previous mark of 37.77 was set by Grand Forks Central’s Ryan Chappell in 2004. Todhunter is committed to the University of Minnesota.

Team scores: 1. Bismarck 125½. 2. G.F. Red River 85. 3. Minot 84½. 4. Century 74. 5. Jamestown 69½. 6. Dickinson 55. 7. West Fargo 54. 8. St. Mary’s 45. 9. Fargo South 28. 10. Valley City 26. 11. Wahpeton 23. 12. G.F. Central 20. 13. Mandan 15. 14. (tie) Williston and Fargo North 13. 16. Devils Lake 8½. 17. Fargo Shanley 2.

Individual Results

Finals

100: 1. Smith, Wah, 11.27. 2. Welk, SM, 11.27. 3. Smart, Min, 11.35. 4. Todhunter, GFRR, 11.36. 5. Gefroh, GFRR, 11.39. 6. Elliott, VC, 11.56. 7. Dingle, GFRR, 11.63. 8. Roesler, 11.65.

200: 1. Welk, SM, 22.39. 2. Todhunter, GFRR, 22.39. 3. Smart, Min, 22.51. 4. Smith, Wah, 22.51. 5. Elliott, VC, 22.66. 6. Gefroh, GFRR, 22.72. 7. Channing Mann, Bis, 22.75. 8. Jacobs, Cen, 23.00.

400: 1. Smart, Min, 48.92. 2. Williams, Dic, 50.06. 3. Loehr, GFRR, 50.56. 4. Charles, FN, 50.58. 5. Mann, Bis, 50.74. 6. Kuehn, WF, 51.14. 7. Marquez, Bis, 51.20. 8. Siverson, WF, 51.28.

800: 1. Barnes, Bis, 1:57.60. 2. Beaudoin, Min, 1:57.97. 3. Sem, FN, 1:58.75. 4. Osoro, SM, 1:58.77. 5. Uetz, WF, 1:58.78. 6. Slusser, Jam, 1:59.06. 7. Wohl, Min, 1:59.15. 8. Hovland, Bis, 1:59.58.

3.200: 1. Osoro, SM, 9:12.49. 2. Huizenga, Bis, 9:25.28. 3. Kelly, Cen, 9:37.51. 4. Brown Otter, Bis, 9:39.03. 5. Nuss, Bis, 9:42.23. 6. Thompson, Wil, 9:44.82. 7. Slusser, Jam, 9:45.25. 8. Gehrig, WF, 9:54.85.

400 relay: 1. G.F. Red River (Prout, Pope, Dingle, Gefroh), 42.98 (record, Bismarck, D. Churchill, C. Faller, J. Puhalla, B. Solemsaas, 42.98. 2006). 2. Bismarck 43.44. 3. Century 44.07.

800 relay: 1. G.F. Red River (Prout, Schober, Dingle, Gefroh), 1:29.48. 2. Century 1:30.45. 3. Bismarck 1:30.48.

1.600 relay: 1. Century (Ohlhauser, Bashus, Woehl, Davis), 3:25.09. 2. West Fargo 3:25.71. 3. Dickinson 3:27.50.

110 hurdles: 1. Todhunter, GFRR, 14.26 (record, Chappell, GFC, 14.36. 2005). 2. Maurer, Man, 15.43. 3. Jemison, FS, 15.57. 4. Carlson, Jam, 15.77. 5. Magstadt, Dic, 16.10. 6. Greuel, Min, 16.12. 7. Larson, Min, 16.35. 8. Schmidt, GFC, 16.44.

300 hurdles: 1. Todhunter, GFRR, 37.65 (record, Chappell, GFC, 37.77. 2004). 2. Greuel, Min, 40.18. 3. Schmidt, GFC, 40.24. 4. Briggs, FS, 40.49. 5. Magstadt, Dic, 40.55. 6. McCreary, GFC, 40.66. 7. Davis, Cen, 41.00. 8. Coyle, Man, 41.41.

Pole vault: 1. Larson, FS, 14-9. 2. Lillejord, Jam, 14-6. 3. Levorsen, Dic, 14-3. 4. Wald, Dic, 13-9. 5. Buechler, Cen, 13-3. 6. Deem, GFC, 13-0. 7. Karaz, Shan, 12-6. 8. Helten, DL, 12-6.

Long jump: 1. Lillejord, Jam, 22-2½. 2. Solum, WF, 21-0. 3. Neumiller, Bis, 20-10. 4. Nelson, VC, 20-7½. 5. Moody, Dic, 20-3¼. 6. Rostvedt, Min, 20-2¼. 7. Pope, GFRR, 19-10¾. 8. Williams, WF, 19-10.

Discus: 1. Bradley, Bis, 152-7. 2. Klein, Bis, 152-7. 3. Kielpinski, Man, 151-2. 4. Meidinger, Cen, 145-6. 5. Granfor, Bis, 144-6. 6. Eiler, FS, 143-5. 7. Trappan, Wah, 143-0. 8. Schwartzkopf, Cen, 142-3.


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