Track and field kicks off with top spots at Baker quad

Alex Madrigal placed first in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, and as runner-up in the pole vault event.

Last Friday the Bowman County Track & Field team kicked off its competition season at the Baker Invite. Times and distances were impressive for their first meet of the year. Two of the most impressive came in the field events, where Mathew Carlson and Meggie Fischer were on the verge of state qualifying marks in the Pole Vault and Hugh Jump respectively. “Early season meets are really nice just to see where you are at, getting times and adjusting training sessions to that.” Explained Coach Jonathan Jahner. What the bulldogs did see shows promise for what the season holds.

Bowman County’s Mathew Carlson vaults to a height of 11 feet, six inches at the Baker Quad.

The boys team captured the team title with a well-rounded approach. In the field events, Carlson led the pole vaulters that claimed the top three spots. Brian Anaya, Jacob Svihovec, and Adam Powell pulled off the same feat in the triple jump. Powell continued a great jumping day by winning the long jump as well. In the throws, Jordan Powell and Bryan Knopp placed 2nd and 3rd in the javelin, while Tristen Peterson returned from an injury last season to capture 4rd in the discus. On the track, the host Baker Spartans did most of their damage in the sprints, but the bulldogs took over in the mid and long distance events.

Carlson continued his strong day with a win in the 400m run while Porter Lindstrom took 3rd. The 800m and 1600m were dominated by Alex Madrigal, as he was pushed by teammates Kamrin Madrigal (3rd in the 800), and Andrew Miller (2nd in the 1600). The bulldogs also showed strength in the relays as the boys placed 2nd in the 4x100m relay and captured the top two spots in the 1600m relay.

On the girls side the final result was also a team title, with the pace set by a trio of distance runners. Lacey Feist, Mikayla Bartholomay, and Abigail Bartholomay claimed the top three spots in the 3200m run. Feist also claimed the top spot in the 1600m run. That was just the beginning for a very balanced attack from the bulldogs. In the sprints Cassidy Walby claimed the top spot in the 200m dash, and anchored the 2nd place 4x100m relay along with Maury Burke, Abby Smyle, and Kelsie Goodshield. Goodshield also did her damage in the mid-distance vents, finishing in 2nd place in the 400m dash. The bulldogs showed a little depth in the 400 as Stafford and Burke joined Alexius Miller and Meggie Fischer to dominate the 1600m relay. Away from the track, Becki Fuchs won the discus, and placed 3rd in the pole vault. Skylar Ruggles placed second in the pole vault while Walby and Fischer picked up victories in the triple and high jumps respectively.

Due to weather, the Bulldogs were forced to reschedule their home opener for Tuesday, May 9th. This means the Track and Field team will be in action again on Friday, April 7th at the Queen City Classic in Spearfish, S.D.

Alison Hoff and Rhyann Heyen hand-off the baton in the 4×100-meter relay.