« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Tom Mix, Published May 19 2012

Packers hit their peak with East Region girls relay record

FARGO – The West Fargo girls 3,200-meter relay team picked a great time to turn in its best time of the season.

The Packers relay quartet of Brooke Grooters, Keana Karnopp, Christine Baltezore and Alissa Mears posted a time of 9 minutes, 44.51 seconds, taking first place in the event at the North Dakota Class A, East Region track and field meet on Saturday at South High School.

The time also broke the East Region meet record of 9:44.64 set by Fargo Shanley’s Carrie Welle, Jenny Beare, Danielle Clark and Aaron Clark in 1993.

Mears ran the anchor leg and was intrigued when she crossed the finish line, then surprised minutes later when it was determined the time was a new meet record.

“When I looked at the clock when I passed the line and people were saying, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s the same second as the record,’ and I was like, ‘No way,’ and we were waiting and waiting,” Mears said. “When they had it announced, it was an amazing feeling, especially as a senior and having run with these girls for a long time. It was a big accomplishment for us.”

The Packers improved greatly on their seed time of 9:54.84.

“It was fun to see,” West fargo track and field coach Darin McKinnon said. “Every time you go to a conference competition, you know there are always going to be good records, some that are going to be around for a long time. It was something they really wanted. I couldn’t be happier for them.”

“They earned that. It was a good way to start out the meet as well.”

Shanley entered the meet with the best state-qualifying time in the state at 9:47.85.

“We knew coming into the race it was going to be a tough race between us and Shanley,” Mears said. “That is our competition. We weren’t going for time really, it was more for place today.”

Mears also took first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.64.

Shanley’s Jacobson takes first in 1600

A late burst served Fargo Shanley eighth grader Sarah Jacobson well en route to a first-place showing in the 1,600 meters.

She placed second in the event last year at the state meet and raced to a time of 5:13.34 for the region title.

“There was a lot of competition in the Eastern Dakota Conference this year,” Jacobson said. “I just tried to stay focused and believe in myself.”

Jacobson – who also placed third in the 3,200-meter relay, fourth in the 3,200 meters and sixth in the 800 meters at state last year – said being strong and mentally prepared will be key for her to improve on those finishes at the state meet, which begins Friday at the Community Bowl in Bismarck. She has qualified in the same four events this spring.

“I’m always striving to do better,” Jacobson said.

Bruenjes wins 3rd triple jump region crown

West Fargo junior Christina Bruenjes placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 37 feet, 7½ inches. She is the two-time Class A defending state champion in the triple jump and posted her third region championship in the event.

“It was a pretty good day,” said Bruenjes who has been battling a shin injury this season. “I was a little nervous, but I knew if I jumped my best I could do it.”

She was a half-an-inch shy of matching her personal record.

Valley City’s Coghlan wins the javelin

Valley City senior Jenna Coghlan had only competed in three meets before Saturday, but that did not stop her from winning the East Region championship in the javelin with a throw of 112 feet, 10 inches.

Coghlan also plays on the Hi-Liners softball team and was coming off a meet in which she threw a personal best mark of 114-6.

“I thought I was doing all right,” Coghlan said. “I actually had a softball game yesterday so my arm was tired. For some reason, I throw better when my arm is tired from softball. My personal record is 114-6, so I’m right up there. Hopefully I can step it up for state.”

“She is a very hard worker,” Valley City throwing coach Connie Courtney said. “For her to throw 112-10 and win the East Region championship is a big deal.”

Team scores: Fargo Davies 134.5, West Fargo 134, Fargo South 124.5, Fargo North 89, Fargo Shanley 82, Grand Forks Red River 76, Valley City 31, Wahpeton 25, Grand Forks Central 24, Devils Lake 21.

100: 1, Levin, WF, 12.19. 2, Johnson, S, 12.71. 3, Jacob, VC, 12.73. 4, Carlson, FD, 12.76. 5, Gaylah, FD, 12.81. 6, Mark, FD, 12.86. 7, Willson, VC, 12.89. 8, Suppa, WF, 12.92. 9, Pifer, FS, 12.97. 10, Davis, GFC, 13.00. 11, Bruenjes, WF, 13.02.

200: 1, Levin, WF, 25.39. 2, Adah, S, 26.00. 3, Langerud, WF, 26.82. 4, Carlson, FD, 26.84. 5, Marsh, FD, 26.89. 6, Pifer, FS, 26.92. 7, Simonson, FN, 26.92. 8, Wright, FN, 27.04.

400: 1, Levin, WF, 57.95. 2, Nyanfor, FN, 58.56. 3, Marsh, FD, 1:01.16. 4, Bostrom, FS, 1:01.70. 5, Taber, FS, 1:02.19. 6, Wynn, W, 1:02.27. 7, Brenner, S, 1:02.73. 8, Erickson, FD, 1:03.00.

800: 1, Mears, WF, 2:17.64. 2, Strandemo, FS, 2:18.05. 3, Jacobson, S, 2:23.68. 4, Lysne, DL, 2:24.01. 5, Grooters, WF, 2:26.94. 6, Bostrom, FS, 2:29.98. 7, Rone, RR, 2:30.20. 8, Kanwischer, S, 2:31.17.

1,600: 1, Jacobson, S, 5:13.34. 2, Strandemo, FS, 5:18.10. 3, Lachowitzer, FD, 5:21.64. 4, Lysne, DL, 5:30.12. 5, Berntson, VC, 5:30.23. 6, Sarafoleon, FN, 5:45.10. 7, Schreiner, RR, 5:45.50. 8, Vetter, FD, 5:46.50.

3,200: 1, Lachowitzer, FD, 11:35.88. 2, Swenson, FN, 11:55.42. 3, Bessler, FS, 11:56.80. 4, Thomas, GFC, 11:57.51. 5, Swenson, FN, 11:57.73. 6, Vetter, S, 11:57.92. 7, Baltezore, WF, 11:59.52. 8, Backlund, S, 12:09.13.

100 hurdles: 1, Klug, FS, 15.11. 2, Jordan, S, 16.44. 3, Bork, FD, 16.51. 4, Uglem, FN, 16.57. 5, Storbakken, RR, 16.60. 6, McQuade, WF, 16.77. 7, Sand, WF, 16.79. 8, Pfeiffer, FS, 16.95.

300 hurdles: 1, Simonson, FN, 15.40. 2, Todhunter, RR, 46.62. 3, Bork, 47.27. 4, Taber, FS, 47.51. 5, Adah, S, 47.78. 6, Pfau, FN, 48.11. 7, Wynn, W, 48.69. 8, Pfeiffer, FS, 49.32.

400 relay: 1, FN (Nyanfor, Pfau, Rodriguez, Larson), 50.10. 2, FD, 50.94. 3, WF, 51.10. 4, S, 51.58. 5, VC, 51.87. 6, FS, 52.96. 7, W, 54.04. 8, GFC, 54.37.

800 relay: 1, FN (Nyanfor, Pfau, Simonson, Larson), 1:43.99. 2, WF, 1:44.95. 3, FD, 1:46.24. 4, S, 1:46.78. 5, FS, 1:48.87. 6, RR, 1:49.28. 7, W, 1:52.11. 8, VC, 1:54.76.

1,600 relay: 1, FN (Nyanfor, Pfau, Simonson, Larson), 3:56.15. 2, WF, 4:07.96. 3, FD, 4:08.49. 4, FS, 4:10.42. 5, W, 4:10.54. 6, RR, 4:12.08. 7, VC, 4:19.09. 8, S, 4:21.62.

3,200 relay: 1, WF (Grooters, Baltezore, Karnopp, Mears), 9:44.51. 2, S, 9:46.29. 3, FD, 9:53.31. 4, FN, 10:07.19. 5, W, 10:10.42. 6, GFC, 10:14.85. 7, RR, 10:35.77. 8, FS, 10:46.92.

High jump: 1, Larson, FN, 5-5. 2, (tie) Goodman, FS; Arason, RR, 5-1. 4, (tie) Mark, FD; Haugen, 4-11. 6, (tie) Ries, S; Klabo, FD; Schott, FS; Moffet, FD; Pifer, FS; French, WF; Ries, S; Bontje, FN, 4-9.

Long jump: 1, Schalow, FD, 17-9. 2, Bruenjes, WF, 17-8. 3, Steffen, 17-5. 4, Bakken, RR, 17 ¼. 5, Schott, FS, 16-9. 6, (tie) Sabol, RR; Goodman, FS, 16-4. 8, Storbakken, RR, 16-3.

Triple jump: 1, Bruenjes, WF, 37-7 ½. 2, Sabol, RR, 35-8. 3, Schott, FS, 34-11 ½. 4, Bakken, RR, 34-8 ¾. 5, Ledoux, FD, 34-5 ¼. 6, Papachek, FD, 34-5. 7, Brown, VC, 33-11 ¾. 8, Hoy, FD, 33-4 ½.

Discus: 1, Reller, GFC, 118-1. 2, Strand, RR, 112-5. 3, Walker, WF, 11-2. 4, Bolstad, FD, 108. 5, Kingsley, FD, 105-4. 6, K. Brandt, DL, 103-9. 7, J. Brandt, DL, 101-1. 8, McIntosh, WF, 99-2.

Shot put: 1, (tie) Kingsley, FS; Bolstad, FD, 37-8 ½. 3, Brandt, DL, 36-00. 4, Reller, GFC, 34-9. 5, Schaefer, WF, 34-8 ½. 6, (tie) Walker, WF; McIntosh, WF, 33-4 ½. 8, Bissimwa, FD, 33 ½.

Javelin: 1, Coghlan, VC, 112-10. 2, Klabo, FD, 112-8. 3, Moffett, FD, 108-7. 4, Bolstad, FD, 105-11. 5, (tie) Ripplinge,r RR; Arason, RR, 103-1. 7, Breuer, W, 99-9. 8, Anderson, S, 98-8.

Pole vault: 1, Stotz, WF, 9-9. 2, Ekman, S, 9-6. 3, (tie) Schalow, FD; Goodman, FS; Brown, W, 9-3. 6, (tie) Cwikla, FD; Thompson, W; Schmidt, RR; Berg, FN, 8-6.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 451-5651