Bulldog track & field competes through extremes

As the saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes, it will change.”  Well it was more than five minutes, but in two meets for the bulldogs track and field team, the bulldogs got a little bit of everything.  Eighties and wind on Saturday proved to be beneficial for the sprinters and jumpers, while Tuesday’s cool and rain, helped out the distance runners.


Lacy Feist running a relay race. (Photo by Chris Peterson/For The Pioneer)

Jacob Svihovec didn’t let the wind rattle him, as he and a trio of jumpers took advantage of the warm temps to place first, third and fourth in the triple jump.  Svihovec’s leap of 41-foot-9.5 earned the top spot, claimed a new Bowman County School Record, and qualified for the North Dakota State Track & Field Meet.  He wasn’t out there all by himself, as teammates Adam Powell and Brian Anaya followed close behind.  “The competition is great, and it helps all of our jumpers.”  State Coach Jahner.  Jordan Powell was a double placer for the bulldogs as he threw the javelin a seasons best 141-foot-9 to claim third place, and leaped 10-foot-6 in the pole vault to place sixth.

On the girls side, Cassidy Walby placed runner up in the triple jump with a leap of 33-foot-6.  Fellow long jumper Maury Burke placed eighth in the long jump.  Lacey Feist was double placer in the 1600m and 800m runs while Ellie Stafford placed in the 300m hurdles as well as the high jump.

Tuesday brought the final home meet for the varsity squad, and with it showers and cool temps.  The dawgs battled through the elements claiming 15 event titles and top honors for both teams.  In the field events, Skylar Ruggles and Mat Carlson both won the pole vault, while Meggie Fischer won the high jump.  Fischer wasn’t done there, as she also won the 100m hurdles.

Elsewhere on the track the dawgs dominated the distance events, as Lacey Feist and Camden Wokal won the 3200m runs.  In the 800m run the boys claimed the top four spots as Caleb Duffield outdueled his teammates (Brody Headley, Clay Heimer, Kamrin Madrigal) for the victory.  On the girls side, Alexius Miller won the 800 as well as the 400m dash.  In the relays, the bulldogs showed their depth as they won five of the eight relays events.

The bulldogs will be in action again on Saturday at the Beach Invite, and then return one week later for their Southwest Regional Meet.

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