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BURNING up the track

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Both Milnor-Wyndmere-Lidgerwood and Hankinson may not have fielded full teams at state track — held Friday and Saturday at Bismarck — but the two teams had a number of athletes come home with state hardware after placing.

Bryar Erickson of M-W-L was the highest finisher. He placed in two events, taking second in the 200 meter dash (23.05) and fourth in the 100 meter dash (11.34). Teammate Trey Lunneborg was sixth in the 200 meter dash (23.20).

Hankinson’s Jasmin Mauch has been ranked high all season in the girls shot put. During Saturday’s finals she showed why after hurling the shot 38-01.50 feet, which earned her a third-place finish.

M-W-L senior Evan Braaten finished third in the 100 meter hurdles (15.44), and then took fifth in the 300 meter hurdles (41.43). Not done there, Braaten also took ninth in the high jump after clearing a height of 5-feet, 10-inches.

Hankinson senior Hayden Boll also competed in three events. He took fourth in the javelin (161-04) and ninth in the shot put (48-07.50).

Richland senior Kennedy Flaa took fourth in the triple jump (35-02.25), while M-W-L junior Jessica Kuchera took sixth place in that event (34-08.75). Flaa followed up this performance by taking seventh in the high jump (4-11).

M-W-L distance runners Dreah Frolek took fifth in the 3,200 meter run (11:39.87), while sister Drew Frolek was sixth in the 800 meter run (2:24.87).

M-W-L relay teams also stood on the podium Saturday. The girls 4-by-200 relay made up of Laura Gutzmer, Lily Baldwin, Sara Martinson and Kuchera took fourth (1:48.91), while the boys 4-by-100 relay team of Josh Martinson, Erickson, Riley Brandt and Lunneborg was fifth (44.97), the girls 4-by-100 relay of Gutzmer, Baldwin, Martinson and Kuchera were sixth (51.38) and the boys 4-by-200 team of Lane Grasto, Erickson, Josh Martinson and Braaten were seventh (1:33.59).

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Karen Speidel is the News-Monitor Media Managing Editor

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