Bulldogs Finish in 7th Place
The Bowman County bulldogs rack and field team finished off the 2019 season with a 7th place team finish, scoring 33.5 points behind nine state placers.
On the track, the bullodgs used their relays to do most of the damage as they placed in three of the four relays they ran. Adam Powell, Matthew Osendorf, Brody Headley, and Caleb Duffield placed 6th in the 4x100m relay in a new Bowman County school record time of 45.15 sec. Powell, Duffield, and Headley were then joined by Alex Madrgial and placed 7th in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:33.33. To round out the relays, Duffield and Madrigal teamed up with Brian Miller and Camden Wokal to finish 5th in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:26.72.
In the 110m hurdles, Jacob Svihovec claimed one of his two state places as he finished 8th in a time of 16.97 sec. Svihovec then went to work in the field as he placed 3rd in the triple jump with a leap of 43’10.5”. The jumpers were not done there as Adam Powell finished the long jump in 5th place with a mark of 20’ 8.5”. In the vertical jumps the bulldogs took home two pole vault places, as Corban Massey captured 3rd place with a vault of 12’0” and Alex Madrgial followed with a 5th place height of 11’6”. In the throws Moritz Melzer captured 5th place in the shot put with a toss of 50’4”.
While there is a large number of seniors that will be missed from the 2019 season, don’t count the bulldogs out. The underclassmen have shown depth in all areas of track in field, and will be counting on them to step again in the 2020 season
Stafford, Fischer Leads Girls with State Places
The Bowman County girls team put their bookends on full display this weekend at the NDHSAA State Track & Field Meet. On one end of the spectrum, senior Ellie Stafford placed 7th brought home one individual place as well as two relay places. On the other hand, Jaci Fischer entered her first track meet with three events, and brought home state places in all three. However, sandwiched in the middle of those two are a crew of exceptional track and field athletes, that helped bring home three state placing relays.
Stafford used her skill in the long jump to place 7th with a leap of 16’2.25”. The rest of her damage was done in the relays where she teamed up with Esmeralda Madrigal, Jenna Buchholz, and Abby Smyle to capture 8th in the 4x100m relay, then finished the day with Madrigal, Buchholz, and Alexius Miller to place 5th in the 4x400m relay.
Fischer attacked from the other end of the track doing damage in the distance and mid distance events as she placed 7th in the 800m run in a time of 2:24.87, and 8th in the 1600m run in a new Bowman County school record time of 5:28.99. Fischer also used those skills to anchor the 4x800m relay, teaming up with Madrigal, Miller, and Rhyann Heyen to place 6th in a time of 10:18.99.
While Stafford and Fischer stole the show in the individua events, the nucleus of runners returning in the relays will prove to be strong starting spot for the bulldogs 2020 season.