The lady bulldogs have been in the thick of the region competition all year long, and the Southwest regional Meet on Friday was no exception. Treacherous conditions led to many athletes scratching events due to athlete health and safety. When the “rain stopped falling” the bulldogs found themselves 6.5 points behind team champion Beulah, and ½ point behind Mott-Regent/New England.
The bulldogs counted on their depth to rack up points in event after event. The bulldogs scored in all but 5 events, 2 of which the bulldogs pulled their athletes.
Jaci Fischer led the way with a regional title in the 1600m run, and placing 4th in the 800m run, and 5th in the 1600m relay. The distance crew led the bulldogs by qualifying 4 new individuals on the day. In the 800m run Alexius Miller placed 3rd, while Kenley Bowman mirrored that finish in the 1600m and 3200m run. Paysha Rex rounded out the distance qualifiers as she placed 2nd in the 3200m run. Also on the track Esmeralda Madrigal finished 3rd in the 300m hurdles to punch her ticket to state. Madrigal was joined by Abby Smyle, Ellie Stafford, and Jenna Buchholz to place 3rd in the 4x200m relay (a race the bulldogs have already qualified for the state meet).
In the field events Becki Fuchs placed 3rd in the discus earning her a trip to the state meet, while Jill Svihovec took 3rd in the long jump, an event Jill has previously qualified in.
“Knowing we were that close, you always second guess your decisions.” Pointed out Coach Jonathan Jahner. “But every team made those same decisions, I am glad we got through the day and our athletes are healthy.” The bulldogs are going to need that health to be there for this weekend as they will compete in the State Track & Field Meet is Bismarck. The bulldogs have 11 girls qualified in 11 different events, so they are sure to be busy throughout the weekend. Full results of the Southwest Regional Meet can be found at www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=350952&show=all
The state meet schedule can be found below.