The 2019 spring sports season has been anything but easy. Relentless wind and cool temperatures have put a damper on things, but you wouldn’t know it by the looks of the Bowman County track and field team. The bulldogs used the last week to add eight more qualifiers for the NDHSAA State Track & Field Championships, bringing the bulldogs to a team total of 18.
At the Badlands Conference Meet the bulldogs snatched up two important qualifications as both the boys 3200m relay (Brian Miller, Caleb Duffield, Camden Wokal, and Alex Madrigal) and 1600m relay (Duffield, Madrigal, Adam Powell, and Clay Heimer) earned conference titles along with their state qualifying times.
The next week at the Killdeer Town Crier it was the girls turn as the 3200m team (Esmeralda Madrigal, Alexius Miller, Rhyann Heyen, and Jaco Fischer) clocked in at 10:14.91 earning a trip to the state meet. Later that day, Jaci Fischer also captured the title in the 1600m run with a qualifying time of 5:32.50. Corban Massey took advantage of the pleasant day to reach the qualifying mark in the 300m hurdles, as he raced to a title in a time of 42.39 sec. The boys sprinters also got in on the action as Adam Powell, Matt Osendorf, Clay Heimer, and Brody Headley punched their ticket to the state meet in the 4x100m relay.
Saturday, drew wind, cold, and three more qualifiers for the bulldogs, this time in the field events. Brendan Rasmussen and Moritz Melzer took control of the throws as Rasmussen threw the discus 135’4” and Melzer tossed the shot put 47’7” to earn them trips to the state meet. In the jumps, Brian Anaya leaped 41’10.5” in the triple jump to punch his ticket to the state meet.
The bulldogs have two very important tests left, as they travel to Dickinson on Tuesday for the last chance meet. With he forecast looking to be warm, the bulldogs will be looking to take advantage of the conditions. Saturday the bulldogs will host the Southwest Regional Championships at Reinhiller field. The meet is slated to start at 10:00 am for the field events and 12:00 noon for the track events.
Results, meet information, and news for Bowman County Track & Field can be found at www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/School.aspx?SchoolID=8645