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Eric Peterson, Published May 29 2011

ND state track: Richland's Johnson wins elusive title in Class B girls

BISMARCK – Second place wasn’t an option for Richland junior Olivia Johnson on Saturday at the Community Bowl.

Johnson won the Class B girls shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 7 inches at the North Dakota state track meet.

She moved up that final spot on the awards stand after finishing in second place in that event at the state meet as a freshman and sophomore.

“It really stinks getting second,” Johnson said. “I mean it’s fun, but you always wish you would end up getting first. This year I just came out on top. I probably put more pressure on myself than everyone else had put on me. I just wanted to make sure I lived up to the expectations and did the best I could do.”

Johnson came into the meet seeded No. 1 in the shot put with a throw of 40-8 and didn’t disappoint. While she was unable to eclipse that mark, she walked away with a state championship.

“I just wish I could have gotten a higher mark, but I’m happy with the win,” said Johnson, who is also a standout basketball player for the Colts.

Johnson said she popped her winning throw on her first attempt of the competition.

“Then I scratched my next two that were probably over 40,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she wasn’t initially sure that she had won the championship right away because Standing Rock senior Ryan Whitebull finished in second place with a toss of 39-6 ½.

“It’s like the greatest feeling ever because I didn’t know I won right away,” said Johnson, who also placed fifth in the javelin. “So I was over worrying and everyone was giving me hugs, and I was like, ‘Did I win?’ and they’re like ‘Yeah.’ So then it just kind of hits you.”

Kindred earns first place in 1,600 relay

Kindred cruised to first place in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4 minutes, 8.51 seconds, nearly five seconds faster than the second-place team.

“All those tough practices we had to go through, they all paid off in the end,” said Kindred sophomore Kellie Schmit, who ran the anchor leg.

Sophomores Iveta Harner and Sierra Martinez and eighth-grader Alexandra Erickson joined Schmit on the winning team, which likely will be together for the next couple track seasons.

“We’ll be back next year,” Schmit said before her teammates completed the thought by in unison saying, “And the year after that,” with a laugh.

Rosenau caps memorable year

Carrington junior Sierra Rosenau helped the Cardinals win the Class B girls state basketball championship in the winter. She capped her school year with an individual state title in track.

Rosenau took first place in the Class B girls javelin with a toss of 138 feet, 11 inches on Saturday. She was the top seed entering the meet with a season-best toss of 140-6.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” Rosenau said of her basketball and track success. “I love state track and I’ve been waiting for javelin. I was just excited to throw.”

Carrington freshman Kayla Hochhalter finished second in the javelin with a toss of 130-4.

“At all the meets (this season), I’m pretty sure we went 1-2,” Rosenau said. “It’s great to have competition in your hometown. I’m proud of Kayla, too.”

Sprints

Carrington’s Greg Hoeckle was the Class B girls coach of the year. … Napoleon’s Rikki Schmidt was Class B girls senior athlete of the year.


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