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Tom Mix, Published May 26 2012

North's Larson goes 4-for-4 at ND Class A state girls track

BISMARCK – Fargo North’s Kira Larson is not a stranger to the championship podium at the Bismarck Community Bowl, but occupying the top spot four times in one day is a first for the Spartans standout.

Larson won a state title in the high jump and was the anchor leg of the Spartans’ 400-, 800-, and 1,600-meter relay teams that raced to championships on Saturday in Bismarck.

“It is an awesome feeling to say, ‘I went 4-for-4 at the state meet,’” said Larson, who became the first North girls athlete to win four championships at a state meet. “The high jump is one thing, but winning it with your team means so much more.”

Larson along with Sophie Simonson, Regina Nyanfor and Shaina Pfau kicked off the day with a win in the 800 relay, recording a time of 1 minute, 43.92 seconds.

From there Larson went to the high jump, which she won, posting a jump of 5 feet 8 inches. She edged Bismarck Century jumper Ann Govig on number of misses. Larson and Govig cleared every height from 5-6 to 5-8 on the same attempt, and it came down to Larson clearing 5-5 on her first attempt. Govig needed her second attempt to clear 5-5, sealing Larson’s third career title in the event.

“She jumped great today,” North jumping coach Stephanie Livingston said. “She jumped smart. I’m really proud of how she did.”

“I had just finished the 800 relay and coming off a sprint race it’s kind of hard,” Larson said of the high jump. “Your legs are dead, so my first couple of jumps were a little shaky, but once I got going I started to feel it. Overall, it was a pretty good jump day for me.”

North’s 400-meter relay team of Larson, Nyanfor, Pfau and Toni Rodriguez took first place at 50.05. Larson, Nyanfor, Pfau and Simonson capped the meet off with a first-place time of 4:02.25 in the 1600 relay.

“She had an unbelievable meet,” North head coach Aaron Walker said of Larson. “It was a dog fight in the high jump and the relays too. She has a lot to be proud of. She showed a lot of poise today, and her competiveness just seems to show at these big events.”

The three wins in the relays also impressed Walker.

“I’m just so proud of the kids,” Walker said. “It is a very talented group, and when you mix talent and preparation, you get this opportunity. They took advantage of it.”

South’s Klug wins the 100 hurdles

Fargo South junior hurdler Lindsey Klug treated herself to a state championship on her 18th birthday.

Klug won the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.12 for her first championship. She finished second in the event a year ago.

“Last year I was close, but it didn’t happen,” Klug said. “I’m glad I could finally bring it home this year. It couldn’t have turned out any better. Cake definitely doesn’t beat this.”

Packers pair bring home titles

West Fargo’s Alissa Mears and Christina Bruenjes won individual titles in the 800 meters and the triple jump, respectively.

Mears, who was named senior athlete of the year, won the 800 with a time of 2:18.94. It was the final individual race of her prep career.

“Words can’t explain how great it is,” Mears said of the state championship. “It was a pretty fast tempo race from the beginning. My end time I was hoping for one or two seconds faster, but with the wind factor I was pretty impressed with the way the time came out.”

Bruenjes won her third straight triple jump championship with a distance of 37-6. Her personal best is 37-8, which she was hoping to eclipse.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Bruenjes said. “I feel like tomorrow it will sink in and make me a lot happier, especially knowing all the hard work I put into it.”

Sprints

Mandan’s Morgan Milbrath won four individual championships on Saturday in the 100, 200, 400 and 300-meter hurdles. She now has nine state titles for her career … Fargo South’s Kara Schott took second in the triple jump with a mark of 35-8 ¾ … Fargo Shanley eighth-grader Sarah Jacobson finished second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:14.09 … Bismarck Century’s Nick Walker was named coach of the year … Century won the team title with 129 points … North Dakota High School Activities Association Assistant to the Executive Secretary Sheryl Solberg was honored during the meet for her 34 years of work at the state track and field meet … West Fargo finished fourth in the team race with 78.33 points.


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


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