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Published May 30 2010

ND state track: Lisbon's Birchem bounces back for discus crown

BISMARCK – Lisbon discus thrower Hillary Birchem didn’t want a replay of the Region 1 meet.

The start looked like it, but the finish was much better.

After scratching three times to not mark at last weekend’s regional, Birchem scratched her first attempt at state on Saturday at the Community Bowl, but bounced back to win her second consecutive state title in the event.

“I wasn’t worried about it happening again. I just thought of this as a whole new meet,” Birchem said. “I was pretty relaxed, and it worked out.”

Birchem’s first throw was a monster, too. She threw a bomb over the heads of the officials in the field, but it didn’t count because she scratched at the circle.

The senior, who is going to Concordia next year, managed a toss of 122 feet, 11 inches to win by five feet.

“I wish I would’ve thrown a little farther, but it’s exciting,” Birchem said. “I wanted to win it. I wanted to be up there again.”

Squirrels’ Mogen saves best for last

Coming in with the 17th-fastest qualifying time in the 200, Central Cass’ Jacob Mogen just wanted to make it to finals.

He got there and proved he belonged by finishing second in the event.

“If I wasn’t running in the lane next to (champion Jon Dinius of Langdon-Munich), that doesn’t happen,” Mogen said. “I just wanted to get out of prelims, but that? That’s pretty good.”

Mogen said he doesn’t run track for trophies or recognition or anything like that, but he was pretty happy about it.

Lisbon relay just misses on title in 400

Derek Rotenberger, Adam Coykendall, Nathan Mangin and Brandon Schell came oh-so-close to giving Lisbon a state title in the 400 relay for the second year in a row.

Langdon-Munich edged the Broncos at the finish line, winning the event in 44.22. Lisbon was second in 44.26.

Schell and Coykendall were on the team that won the event last year.

Anderson continues dominant decade

Benson County’s Alyssa Anderson won the 3,200 in 11:16.73, giving her family the last 10 Class B girls titles in the event. Her sisters Krista and Lindsay won the first eight, and Alyssa has won the last two.

Now an eighth-grader, Alyssa was four years old when the run started.

“Back then I thought the two-mile was just two laps,” Alyssa said with a laugh. “I just hope to keep the streak going.”

Sprints

Rugby won the boys team title with 69 points, 12 points in front of runner-up Rugby. … Benson County claimed the Class B girls title with 74 points. Hazen was second with 65. …

L-M’s Dinius was the Class B boys senior athlete of the year, while Hazen’s Allison Opp was the girls senior athlete of the year. … Rugby’s Scott Grochow was the boys coach of the year, and Leland Opp was the girls coach of the year.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548