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Chris Aarhus and Tom Mix / Forum News Service, Published May 25 2013

Page's tight victory keys Carrington's state girls track title

BISMARCK – Josey Page kept pushing for the finishing line, determined to avoid her fourth consecutive third-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

The Carrington senior passed Central Cass junior Gabby Grommesh after a slow start. In the end, Grommesh made sure Page earned every step.

By a mere thousandth of a second, Page secured her first title in the 100 with a time of 12.407 seconds at the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet on Saturday.

“My blocks were not the best, but I could tell I was gaining,” said Page, who competed both days on a torn ACL. “At the end, I could tell it was neck and neck. The lean helped.”

Grommesh fell behind Page, but it was virtually undetectable from a spectator’s standpoint. A sigh of relief came from Carrington’s fan section when the scoreboard showed Page had won the photo finish.

“I knew going in it was going to be tough competition racing against Josey, and it was,” Grommesh said. “It was a real fun race.”

Page, who was voted as Class B senior athlete of the year, said she knew she had won the race after she crossed, but didn’t celebrate until it was shown on the scoreboard.

“I’ll take it, but that was really close,” Page said. “It was scary. She pushed me so hard. I’m happy I got to run against her.”

It meant another 10 points for the Cardinals, who blitzed the field with 113 points to win their second straight Class B championship. Hazen (62) and Watford City (60) finished a distant second and third, respectively.

Carrington received points in a variety of events, but Page and junior thrower Kayla Hochhalter packed the biggest punch.

“Knowing we had it last year and knowing we had such a good chance this year,” Page said. “That motivated us and pushed us so much harder, like ‘We got this. We can be two-time state champions.’ We knew if we came out and gave everything, it would be good enough in the end.”

Page repeated as champion in the 200 in a time of 25.19 seconds. She also anchored the winning 400 relay and runner-up 800 relay. Hochhalter also did some damage, finishing second in the shot put and third in the javelin. She won the discus on Friday.

“Winning discus was amazing,” Hochhalter said. “I’m not sad, but I wish I would have done better (in the javelin). The wind pushed my javelin down.”

Carrington coach Greg Hoeckle received Class B coach of the year honors.

MV-E’s Johnson adds to state title collection

Maple Valley-Enderlin junior Megan Johnson continued her jumping dominance on Saturday, winning the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, 10½ inches.

Johnson won the long jump on Friday and is in her first year of competing in track and field.

Johnson entered the finals with the top jump, but it almost didn’t stand as the best.

“There are a lot of tough jumpers out there,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t sure I was going to win it. The girl that got second (Ricki Lindley of Watford City), she scared me with that 35-10 jump. I just had to go out there and jump as far as I could.

“I didn’t expect this at all. I didn’t even think I was going to place in any events.”

Johnson also placed sixth in the high jump.

Kindred wins 800- and 1,600-meter relay titles

The quartet of seniors Iveta Harner, Sierra Martinez, Kellie Schmit and sophomore Alexandra Erickson proved to be a winning combination.

The four Kindred Vikings won state championships in the 800- and 1,600-meter relays, racing to times of 1:44.91 and 4:02.57, respectively.

The first victory came in the 800 relay, which Carrington was favored to win.

“This is my last year and I think we all wanted to close the season out with a bang,” said Schmit, who is committed to play volleyball at the University of North Dakota. “We didn’t want to go home with second or third. Last night we all met and looked at Carrington’s time and we knew that with a little hard work we could catch them.”

“There were a lot of great teams racing and it feels great to win,” Erickson added. “We just had enough.”

Sprints

Kindred finished fourth in the team race with 53 points. Maple Valley-Enderlin finished fifth with 37 points. … MV-E junior Kelsey Laufenberg won the shot put with a throw of 42-11. “I’ve been the top-seeded thrower coming into state the last couple of years, but always took second or third,” Laufenberg said. “It was my year I guess.” … Lisbon senior hurdler Natallie Jones finished second in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, finishing with times of 15.00 and 45.47 seconds, respectively.

Team scores: 1. Carrington 113. 2. Hazen 62. 3. Watford City 60. 4. Kindred 53. 5. Maple Valley-Enderlin 37. 6. Lisbon 36. 7. Rugby 32. 8. Dickinson Trinity 29. 9. Mott-Regent 28. 10. Thompson 23. 11. (tie) Central Cass and Langdon-Munich 22. 13. Nelson County 17. 14. (tie) Velva-Drake-Anamoose, Oakes and Hillsboro-Central Valley 15. 17. Parshall 13. 18. (tie) Shiloh Christian and Northern Cass 12. 20. Southern McLean 11.

21. (tie) Grafton, Fargo Oak Grove, Williams County 8. 24. (tie) Bowman County and Hettinger-Scranton 7. 26. (tie) Rolette-Wolford, Sargent County, Strasburg and Benson County 6. 30. (tie) Beulah, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page, Glenburn-Westhope-Newburg and Central Prairie 5. 34. (tie) Hatton-Northwood, Griggs County Central-Midkota and Kidder County-Napoleon 4. 37. (tie) Grant County-Flasher, New Rockford-Sheyenne and New Town 3. 40. (tie) Bottineau, Zeeland, Ellendale, Richardton Taylor and Minot Ryan 2. 45. Northern Lights 1.

Individual results

Finals

100: 1. Josey Page, Carr, 12.407. 2. Gabby Grommesh, CC, 12.408. 3. Dakota Wood, Haz, 12.61. 4. Jocelyn Dinius, L-M, 12.64. 5. Marah Friez, M-R, 12.69. 6. Joanna Larson, NR-S, 12.90. 7. Alexis Woods, Par, 12.94. 8. Brittany Beckler, Haz, 12.98.

200: 1. Josey Page, Carr, 25.19. 2. Alexandra Erickson, Kin, 25.27. 3. Gabby Grommesh, CC, 25.64. 4. Stephanie Ziegler, Haz, 25.80. 5. Marah Friez, M-R, 25.98. 6. Emily Stier, Rug, 26.37. 7. Jocelyn Dinius, L-M, 26.45. 8. Jacey Engelhorn, Carr, 26.92.

400: 1. Alexis Woods, Par, 58.10. 2. Alexandra Erickson, Kin, 58.58. 3. Sierra Martinez, Kin, 59.82. 4. Maartje VanBedaf, Carr, 1:00.18. 5. Courtney Heupel, CP, 1:00.22. 6. Page Anderson, Carr, 1:00.29. 7. Jocelyn Dinius, L-M, 1:00.63. 8. Hannah Christenson, Rug, 1:01.03.

800: 1. Mikayla Forness, Shi, 2:19.60. 2. Katelyn Grinsteinner, DT, 2:21.19. 3. Nicole Warren, Oakes, 2:23.77. 4. Asha Smith, Wat, 2:24.25. 5. Abigail Waloch, SMcL, 2:24.87. 6. Ashley Neumiller, Carr, 2:24.90. 7. Brooke Shimek, Thom, 2:26.05. 8. Courtney Heupel, CP, 2:27.51.

3,200: 1. Asha Smith, Wat, 11:37.31. 2. Ashley Perez, Nel, 11:40.39. 3. Ashley Neumiller, Carr, 11:52.78. 4. Sasha Hovind, Sarg, 11:54.69. 5. Madison Gapp, L-M, 11:57.83. 6. Symbria Bell, NT, 11:58.21. 7. Kate Fox, SMcL, 12:04.10. 8. Claire Brien, NL, 12:04.58.

400 relay: 1. Carrington (Jacey Engelhorn, Madison Wendel, Hannah Lipetzky, Josey Page), 50.77. 2. Hazen 51.08. 3. Lisbon 51.20. 4. Dickinson Trinity 51.38. 5. Bowman County 51.79. 6. Kidder County-Napoleon 51.95. 7. Central Cass 52.21. 8. Northern Cass 52.52.

800 relay: 1. Kindred (Iveta Harner, Sierra Martinez, Kellie Schmit, Alexandra Erickson), 1:44.91. 2. Carrington 1:46.02. 3. Hazen 1:46.90. 4. Dickinson Trinity 1:47.89. 5. Lisbon 1:48.32. 6. Bowman County 1:48.93. 7. Mott-Regent 1:50.03. 8. Parshall 1:50.73.

1,600 relay: 1. Kindred (Iveta Harner, Kellie Schmit, Sierra Martinez, Alexandra Erickson), 4:02.57. 2. Hazen 4:08.12. 3. Thompson 4:10.55. 4. Carrington 4:14.77. 5. Rugby 4:16.05. 6. Hillsboro-Central Valley 4:17.27. 7. Watford City 4:17.71. 8. Hettinger-Scranton 4:18.05.

100 hurdles: 1. Dakota Wood, Haz, 14.91. 2. Natallie Jones, Lis, 15.00. 3. Abby Honeyman, M-R, 15.67. 4. Aubrey Hovland, Rug, 15.91. 5. Madison Hetletved, L-M, 16.17. 6. Vanessa Johnson, NCass, 16.24. 7. Courtney Bubach, Stras, 16.68. 8. Megan Goeser, CC, 16.98.

300 hurdles: 1. Dakota Wood, Haz, 44.30. 2. Natallie Jones, Lis, 45.47. 3. Maartje VanBedaf, Carr, 46.46. 4. Shaice Marx, Thom, 46.85. 5. Jadin Carlson, GCC, 47.06. 6. Abby Honeyman, M-R, 47.12. 7. Kaylene Klein, Haz, 47.32. 8. Sadie Rorich, KC-N, 48.28.

High jump: 1. Aubrey Hovland, Rug, 5-5. 2. Vanessa Johnson, NCass, 5-4. 3. Lexy Wittmayer, R-W, 5-3. 4. Faith Dooley, CC, 5-3. 5. Sarah Quenette, Haz, 5-2. 6. Megan Johnson, MVE, 5-1. 7. Isabel Wedell, Ell, 5-1. 8. Mary Haman, Nel, 5-1.

Triple jump: 1. Megan Johnson, MV-E, 35-10½. 2. Ricki Lindley, Wat, 35-10. 3. Cassie Holt, H-S, 35-2½. 4. MacKenzie Einarson, Graf, 34-7¼. 5. Courtney Bubach, Stras, 34-7. 6. Tessa Heitkamp, Kin, 34-2. 7. Kara Weigel, Zee, 33-4½. 8. Allison Gion, M-R, 33-1¾.

Shot put: 1. Kelsey Laufenberg, MVE, 42-11. 2. Kayla Hochhalter, Carr, 41-2½. 3. Jaylen Newman, VDA, 38-4½. 4. Ebony Berube, Lis, 35-9½. 5. Natalie Stivers, GWN, 35-9. 6. Carly Copenhaver, Carr, 35-9. 7. Quinn Harmon, Ryan, 35-1. 8. Rane Nelson, Sarg, 34-9½.

Javelin: 1. McKayla Haugeberg, Wat, 139-8. 2. Alyssa Olin, M-R, 139-6. 3. Kayla Hochhalter, Carr, 135-1. 4. Becca Erickson, FSHP, 130-8. 5. Darian Hedland, H-N, 124-0. 6. Nicole Warren, Oakes, 123-10. 7. Sam Reinke, Lis, 123-02. 8. Mattie Schmitt, Rug, 122-8.


Chris Aarhus writes for The Jamestown Sun

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