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Tom Mix, Published May 19 2012

North's Mjelstad takes East Region boys pole vault title

FARGO – Fargo North’s Grant Mjelstad tried to go for a school record late Saturday afternoon in the pole vault.

The senior vaulter came up short in that bid, but still set his personal record in the event, clearing 14 feet, 6 inches for the championship at the North Dakota Class A, East Region track and field meet at South High School.

Mjelstad was the only vaulter in the field able to clear 13-9 and topped Grand Forks Central senior Alex Torrey, who finished second at 13-0. After clinching the title, Mjelstad’s ambition grew and the bar kept going higher.

“Since I knew I had first place in the region clinched, I figured that I may as well go for a new personal record, and that is why I bumped it up to 14-6,” Mjelstad said.

After he attained 14-6, Mjelstad and North vaulting coach Nick Magee requested the bar be raised to 14-9¼, a height that if attained would have broke North’s school record. Mjelstad will have one more shot at that record at the state track and field meet set to begin Friday at the Community Bowl in Bismarck.

“I’m feeling really good right now,” Mjelstad said. “I’m definitely going to push hard for that state meet and try 14-9¼ again and see if I can’t get that wrapped up. I was a little bummed out I didn’t hit that, but I did get a new person record though.”

Mjelstad’s personal-best vault entering Saturday was 14-0. It’s been a big leap from a year ago when his best was 12-6.

North boys track and field coach Gary Mailloux said Mjelstad shared with him his intentions on attempting to break the school’s record before the season began.

“He has just been a steady performer for us all season long,” Mailloux said. “He came into the year with some personal goals. He was very meticulous in getting himself ready. We are just excited and pleased with him.”

Mjelstad placed fifth at state a year ago. He also posted personal records in the 110 hurdles (15.63 seconds) and the 400-meter relay (43.60). North’s time in the 400-meter relay broke a school record.

“He has been doing well this year, but it seems like every week he is doing a better job at making new heights and getting over bigger poles,” Magee said. “The difference between him this year and last year is he want to get on those bigger poles and he knows what it takes to get up to bigger heights.”

Heinen salvages day with triple jump win

West Fargo junior Jaime Heinen won a region championship in the high jump as a ninth grader in 2010. He now has an East Region triple jump crown to add to his trophy case.

Heinen posted a personal best 44-11½ mark in the finals to seal the title helping the Packers to a team title with 188 points. Grand Forks Red River scored 153 points for second and North finished third with 107 points.

“It feels amazing,” said Heinen of the championship. “I didn’t do as well as I wanted to in the high jump or the long jump so I had kind of a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to finish out the day strong and I jumped out of my mind I guess.”

Heinen finished second in the long jump (21-11) and fourth in the high jump (6-0).

His jump bested his previous personal best by a foot and a half and his season-best mark by two feet.

“I feel pretty comfortable right now,” Heinen said “I know how far I can jump If I ever have a bad jump again.”

Arvidson making the most of rookie season

It is his first year of participating in track and field, but that didn’t stop Red River senior Mack Arvidson from winning an East Region title in the long jump.

Arvidson, who also plays baseball for the Roughriders, won the long jump with a jump of 22-10.

“It was pretty excited to win,” said Arvidson who was a North Dakota Mr. Basketball finalist and a member on GFRR’s state championship boys basketball team. “I knew it was going to be very good competition with some of the West Fargo kids. I got a good jump right away and that just kind of set the tone.”

Davies’ Bates places first in high jump

Al Bates had already sealed a trip to Bismarck in the high jump with a mark of 6-4 earlier in the year, but on Saturday the Fargo Davies freshmen won an East Region title with a 6-3 jump.

He hit the jump on his third attempt in the finals. Had he missed it, he would have taken second in a tie-breaker with Arvidson, who finished second at 6-2.

“It was in the back of mind,” Bates said about the prospect of finishing second. “I was just worried about getting above the bar. I felt really good today.”

Team scores: West Fargo 188, Grand Forks Red River 153, Fargo North 107, Grand Forks Central 102, Fargo Davies 84, Fargo South 38, Devils Lake 25, Fargo Shanley 19, Wahpeton 16, Valley City 9.

100: 1, Thompson, FN, 10.89. 2, Siverson, WF, 10.90. 3, Gunderson, WF, 11.29. 4, Wetzel, W, 11.33. 5, Austin, GFC, 11.34. 6, Irmen, FD, 11.48. 7, Prekel, FS, 11.48. 8, Groth, FD, 11.50.

200: 1, Thompson, FN, 22.27. 2, Siverson, WF, 22.43. 3, Burkholder, GFRR, 22.75. 4, Bothun, GFRR, 22.84. 5, Spacek, WF, 22.99. 6, Irmen, FD, 23.08. 7, Thompson, FN, 23:10. 8, Brooks, GFC, 23.21.

400: 1, Sem, FN, 50.54. 2, Kath, FD, 51.50. 3, Medhaug, W, 51.65. 4, Clark, WF, 53.00. 5, Prekel, FS, 53.11. 6, Hjelseth, FD, 53.20. 7, Hansen, WF, 53.81. 8, Thompson, FN, 53.81.

800: 1, Sem, FN, 1:59.59. 2, Shafer, GFC, 2:00.88. 3, Jennings, DL, 2:01.14. 4, Startz, S, 2:02.26. 5, Leach, GFRR, 2:03.89. 6, Bitter, FD, 2:02.02. 7, Schulz, WF, 2:05.50. 8, Klave, GFRR, 2:05.93.

1,600: 1, Leach, GFRR, 4:30.58. 2, Shafer, GFC, 4:32.86. 3, Scheel, FD, 4:33.40. 4, Baltezore, WF, 4:34.00. 5, Albrecht, WF, 4:34.25. 6, Trevino, DL, 4:36.78. 7, Thompson, FS, 4:36.78. 8, Roehl, GFC, 4:37.29.

3,200: 1, Scheel, FD, 9:51.87. 2, Sauvageau, WF, 9:52.09. 3, Bjorlie, FN, 9:52.39. 4, Hahn, WF, 9:59.29. 5, Baltezore, WF, 10:06.27. 6, Albrehct, WG, 10:10.31. 7, Roehl, GFC, 10:11.22. 8, Aswege, WF, 10:15.27.

110 hurdles: 1, L. Bothun, GFRR, 14.36. 2, Evers, GFRR, 14.49. 3, Huffman, FN, 15.37. 4, Bishoff, WF, 15.51. 5, Mjelstad, FN, 15.63. 6, A. Bothun, GFRR, 15.88. 7, Asa, WF, 15.90. 8, Deem, GFC, 16.72.

300 hurdles: 1, Huffman, FN, 39.82. 2, Asa, WF, 40.37. 3, Evers, GFRR, 41.04. 4, Brooks, GFC, 41.18. 5, Gause, GFC, 42.17. 6, Schulz, WF, 42.43. 7, Griffin, FD, 43.07. 8, Mjelstad, FN, 43.87.

400 relay: 1, WF (Spacek, Gunderson, Heinen, Siverson), 42.75. 2, FN, 43.60. 3, GFRR, 44.11. 4, FD, 44.81. 5, GFC, 45.66. 6, S, 46.62. 7, VC, 47.46. 8, DL, 50.49.

800 relay: 1, WF (Spacek, Gunderson, Schulz, Siverson), 1:30.55. 2, FN, 1:30.77. 3, FD, 1:32.02. 4, GFC, 1:33.57. 5, FS, 1:34.70. 6, GFRR, 1:35.42. 7, S, 1:34.70. 8, VC, 1:37.00.

1,600 relay: 1, FN (Thompson, Uglem, Huffman, Sem), 3:30.17. 2, GFRR, 3:30.69. 3, WF, 3:33.23. 4, W, 3:33.79. 5, FS, 3:38.66. 6, DL, 3:39.06. 7, FD, 3:39.30. 8, S, 3:39.98.

3,200 relay: 1, FD (Bitter, Scheel, Kottsick, Norstog), 8:16.85. 2, S, 8:24.21. 3, FS, 8:31.75. 4, DL, 8:33.90. 6, WF, 8:33.95. 7, GFC, 8:34.05. 8, FN, 8:34.25.

High jump: 1, Bates, FD, 6–03. 2, Arvidson, GFRR, 6–02. 3, Bishoff, WF, 6–00. 4, Heinen, WF, 6–00. 5, Pope, GFRR, 5–10. 6, Johnson, WF, 5–08. 7, Althoff, WF, 5–08. 8, Mussman, GFC, 5–08.

Long jump: 1, Arvidson, GFRR, 22–10. 2, Heinen, WF, 21–11. 3, Asa, WF, 21–02. 4, Adams, GFC, 20–10Zc. 5, Erickson, WF, 20–10. 6, Burkholder, GFRR, 20–07. 7, Gunderson, WF, 20–06½. 8, Bishoff, WF, 20–06.

Triple jump: 1, Heinen, WF, 44–11½. 2, Shafer, GFC, 43–04. 3, Dreher, WF, 41–06½. 4, Mussman, GFC, 41–02¾. 5, Goeser, DL, 41–00. 6, Adams, GFC, 40–11½. 7, Kehson, FS, 40–10¾. 8, Bishoff, WF, 40–08½.

Discus: 1, Bjerk, GFRR, 198–01. 2, Zahradka, GFC, 156–09. 3, Winkler, GFRR, 147–50. 4, Johnson, WF, 147–03. 5, Jensen, FS, 143–09. 6, Page, GFRR, 141–10. 7, Hoplin, GFRR, 135–04. 8, Simpson, GFC, 134–01.

Shot put: 1, Bjerk, GFRR, 50–07½. 2, Zahradka, GFC, 50–02. 3, Fugleberg, FS, 49–10. 4, Simpson, GFC, 47–07½. 5, Vane, WF, 47–01. 6, Page, GFRR, 47–00. 7, Le, FS, 45–08½. 8, Winkler, GFRR, 45–04½.

Javelin: 1, Hoplin, GFRR, 188–02. 2, Baumann, GFRR, 185–01. 3, Mattila, WF, 176–11. 4, Johnson, WF, 170–01. 5, Jordahl, FD, 166–01. 6, Simpson, GFC, 165–09. 7, Verghis, FS, 163–00. 8, Roehrich, WF, 161–09.

Pole vault: 1, Mjelstad, FN, 14–06. 2, Torrey, GFC, 13–00. 3, VIland, VC, 12–09. 4, Welk, FD, 11–06. 5, Myhre, DL, 10–06. 6, Melby, FD, 10–06. 7, Nelson, GFC, 10–06. 8, Friswold, WF, 10–06.


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