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Scooter Pursley / Special to The Forum, Published May 25 2012

Kindred's Plankers bests field, family with Class B state track title

BISMARCK – Kindred senior Jack Plankers has a message for his dad: Beat you.

Plankers unleashed a personal-best and Plankers family record 55-foot, 11-inch throw to win the shot put Friday at the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet.

In doing so, he finally shut up his dad, Roy, who had chided his son all track season about having a better throw while in high school at Duluth (Minn.) East.

“My dad had a 55-foot throw in high school and I kind of wanted to beat him today,” Plankers said. “I definitely wanted to get it. He’s been riding me. When I got a personal-best of 53, he told me he still had a better throw.”

Plankers came in with a top throw of 52-10 on a cold, blustery day at the Bismarck Community Bowl. His PR helped Plankers hold off Lisbon’s Austin Doll and Stanley-Powers Lake’s Landon Smith, both of whom lived up to their seedings at second and third, respectively. Doll was a distant second with a toss of 50-1½.

Plankers, who has committed to play football at North Dakota State, followed the shot put with a 161-3 for seventh place in the javelin. Hazen’s Tyler Parker won the javelin with a 176-5.

That’s 18 points

Lisbon senior Nick Anderson was both pleased and disappointed after winning the triple jump and placing second in the high jump.

Anderson came in with the third-best triple jump with a 43-4. But he jumped 44-10¾, a personal best by a foot and a half to win by more than a foot.

“I’ve always seemed to peak at state,” said Anderson, who was third in the triple jump as a sophomore and junior.

Anderson shared the top mark in the high jump and cleared 6-4, along with Hettinger-Scranton’s Stephen Kristy. Kristy won on the bases of less misses.

Anderson barely managed to clear 6-4, leaving the bouncing bar up on his third try.

“It feels great for the triple jump, but I was disappointed with the high jump,” Anderson said. “But I got 18 points for my team.”

Repeat performances

Carrington senior Sierra Rosenau and Richland senior Olivia Johnson successfully defended their titles.

Rosenau said she wasn’t out to set any records. She just wanted to defend her javelin title.

“First place is good enough for me,” Rosenau said after her 137-7 took first by more than two feet. “My dream was breaking the state record, but getting first was a goal of mine.”

Johnson took the shot put title with a 42-3, exactly a foot less than her state-best qualifying mark, but much better than the 40-10 of runner-up Kelsey Laufenberg of Maple Valley-Enderlin.

“It wasn’t my personal best, but for the conditions it was good,” Johnson said. “Everybody had to deal with them”

Her throw was nearly three feet better than last year’s winning 39-7.

“Last year was really bad conditions.”

Johnson’s winning throw came on her second attempt in the preliminaries.

On the track

Only two track finals were held Friday. Parshall’s Ken Wells ran 4 minutes, 27.74 seconds in the 1,600.

Dickinson Trinity won the 3,200 relay in 8:26.45.

Jumping for joy

Watford City eighth-grader Ricki Lindley won the triple jump with a 36-1¾ and Rugby junior Aubrey Hovland took the high jump with a mark of 5-6.

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