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Athletes shine during initial track and field meet

Ipswich’s Paige Mehlberg competes in the girls high jump event Tuesday at the NSU Fuller Invite. Mehlberg tied a 38-year-old school record with her winning jump. Photo by John Davis taken 3/25/2021

Some set personal bests, one tied a 38-year-old record and many looked to be in mid-season form during the Class B Fuller Invitational at the Barnett Center Thursday.

Athletes from a nine schools participated in the indoor track and field meet. While no team points were kept, it was easy to spot standout performances.

Paige Mehlberg of Ipswich tied a school record in the high jump dating back to 1983. The senior cleared 5-foot 3-inches to win the event and tie a mark set by Bobbi Jo Bobby.

“I wanted to get a base so I can progress from there. And I wanted to work on my form a lot today, too,” Mehlberg said. “I really don’t know where that (height) came from, if I’m being honest.”

Mehlberg, who also finished second in the 200-meter dash and ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay squad, said she was just happy to be able to compete after COVID wiped out last year’s campaign.

“I’m glad that I got like a nice base to start with. I can only improve from here,” she said. “I’m grateful that we got to come here and I’m grateful that we even got to have this track season since we didn’t get to have one last year.”

Mehlberg wasn’t the only happy athlete at the meet. Webster’s Drew Reetz was all smiles after winning the boys’ pole vault. The sophomore beat his personal best mark by 2 1/2 feet on the way to clearing 12-6.

“I came in at 10 (feet) because I just wanted to get a height,” Reetz said. “My overall goal was 12-6, so I guess I got that.”

Reetz said he enjoys vaulting indoors because there are a fewer elements be concerned about.

“It all just does depend on the track that you’re running on and the mat itself,” he said. “I do like going indoors, because there’s no wind and no sun to go right in your eyes.”

Krystal Geier of North Central also had a big day indoors, but said she prefers competing outdoors.

“I definitely like the outdoors better just because of the fresh air and I just seem to compete a lot better outdoors than indoors,” Geier said.

The senior had a big day winning both the long jump and triple jump.

“Triple jump is definitely harder than long jump,” Geier said. “It’s harder on my knees, but I think my hop helps me to get a lot further in triple jump. In long jump I don’t have that. I just have the one jump so then I can’t get as far.”

Warner’s Cody Larson looked sharp in his first official outing of the spring. The State B individual cross country champion won the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, and anchored the winning 1,600-meter relay team.

Larson started out on the inside lane of the 1,600 and set a blistering pace as soon as the gun went off.

“If I had my choice, I would have rather had lane three or something like that to come in,” Larson said. “I almost got cut off at the beginning there. I ran the first lap a little fast, but that’s alright.”

Larson appeared to get stronger as the race wore on and lapped nearly every runner twice in the event.

“That was the plan,” Larson said of his brisk pace. “Stay consistent throughout the whole thing.”

Nobody won more individual events than Aberdeen Christian’s Ben Rohl. The junior won the 55-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and the long jump.

“I haven’t done this since eighth grade,” Rohl said, “so I’m out of shape.”

When asked what his best event is, Rohl responded, “I haven’t tried the 100, yet. I want to give that a try.”

Aberdeen Christian Coach David Rohrbach knew his sprinter was fast, but because Rohl moved to Aberdeen from Colorado Springs and there was no season last year, Thursday marked his first track meet for the Knights.

“We knew he was fast. We were excited to see him run last year and then COVID happened,” Rohrbach said. “There’s a lot of people we were excited to see run and obviously from a sprint standout we were excited to see what Ben could do, because everyone knew he was fast. He can fly, that’s for sure.”

The Knights also received solid performances from their girls distance runners. Hailey Moeller won the 3,200-meter run, Rachel Beaner was second in the 800, and Kira Goldade was second, Kathryn Steger third and Grace Steger fifth in the 1,600.

“I thought Kira and Stegers both had really good races. I thought Rachel had a good race as well and then Hailey first in the two-mile” Rohrbach said. “They obviously had a real good cross country season (placing second at state), so they did a real good job in the distance races.”

The Knights, who will compete at an outdoor meet in Miller on Thursday, April 1, now have a solid starting point for the season.

“I thought they placed really well. I know some of the girls were wanting some of their times to be different, but as far as placing and just getting out there first meet, I thought everybody ran pretty well,” Rohrbach said. “For the first meet I thought a lot of positive takeaways.”

Participating teams: Aberdeen Christian, Ellendale, N.D., Estelline-Hendricks, North Central, Redfield, Standing Rock, N.D., Warner, Webster.

GIRLS’ DIVISION

55-Meter Hurdles: 1, Ashlyn Weig, Ipswich, :10.75; 2, Tage Buechler, North Central, :11.10; 3, Haylee Weddle, Standing Rock, :11.32; 4, Gabi Wald, Ipswich, :11.66; 5, Sienna Kessler, Ipswich, :12.33; 6, Mya Glenn, Ellendale, :12.41; 7, Kaisa Lematta, Ellendale, :12.43; 8, Josie Knutson, Ipswich, :12.44.

55-Meter Dash: 1, Camryn Rohlfs, Redfield, :07.78; 2, Teryn Jandel, Redfield, :08.01; 3, Chania Crow Ghost, Standing Rock, :08.23; 4, Reaghan Bowers, Ipswich, :08.45; 5, Faith Jandel, Redfield, :08.46; 6, Vanesa Diaz, Ipswich, :08.47; 7, Denae Paulson, Redfield, :08.48; 8, Halle Heinz, Ipswich, :08.61.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Chania Crow Ghost, Standing Rock, :29.79; 2, Paige Mehlberg, Ipswich, :30.22; 3, Shawnteah LaCroix, Aberdeen Christian, :30.56; 4, Chloe Zens, Redfield, :31.70; 5, Kendyl Anderson, Warner, :31.72; 6, Halle Heinz, Ipswich, :31.89; 7, Emma Pierce, Estelline-Hendricks, :31.94; 8, Jenisa Jacobs, North Central, :32.06.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Ava Nilsson, Warner, 1:08.51; 2, Ashley Ptacek, Ipswich, 1:08.59; 3, Kaylee Johnson, Estelline-Hendricks, 1:12.57; 4, Hailey Bierman, Ipswich, 1:12.69; 5, Jesade Siverson, Estelline-Hendricks, 1:13.87; 6, Chloe Zens, Redfield, 1:14.69; 7, Gwen Price, Warner, 1:15.59; 8, Ella Hegg, Webster, 1:15.93.

800-Meter Run: 1, Emily DeRaad, Ipswich, 2:41.35; 2, Rachel Beaner, Aberdeen Christian, 2:45.82; 3, Jesade Siverson, Estelline-Hendricks, 2:48.51; 4, Hailey Moeller, Aberdeen Christian, 2:52.42; 5, Kyleigh Schopp, Warner, 2:53.00; 6, Egypt Painte, Standing Rock, 2:54.83; 7, Madisyn Gellhaus, Ipswich, 2:57.38; 8, Kira Goldade, Aberdeen Christian, 2:59.59.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Rana Hegg, Webster, 6:01.69; 2, Kira Goldade, Aberdeen Christian, 6:15.46; 2, Kathryn Steger, Aberdeen Christian, 6:23.17; 4, Egypt Painte, Standing Rock, 6:24.00; 5, Grace Steger, Aberdeen Christian, 6:31.07; 6, McKenna Glynn, Ellendale, 6:36.95; 7, Sommer DeRaad, Ipswich, 6:37.11; 8, Kyra Utecht, Redfield, 6:39.53.

3,200-Meter Run: 1, Hailey Moeller, Aberdeen Christian, 13:21.51; 2, Ashlinn Hartwell, Ipswich, 14:16.54; 3, Kyra Utecht, Redfield, 14:18.77; 4, Baylee Kulesa, Warner, 14:24.34; 5, Gracyn Kadlec, Ipswich, 14:25.07; 6, Brooke Haaland, Warner, 15:16.89.

Shot Put: 1, Danielle Hawley, Estelline-Hendricks, 33-8.75; 2, Abby Peterson, Ellendale, 29-8.75; 3, Katelyn Geditz, Ipswich, 29-5.5; 4, Faith Nell, Aberdeen Christian, 28-4.25; 5, Summer Scepaniak, Warner, 27-6.75; 6, Reagan Nelson, Redfield, 26-11; 7, Brianna Duerre, Webster, 26-4.25; 8, Mariah Johnson, Estelline-Hendricks, 26-0.25.

High Jump: 1, Paige Mehlberg, Ipswich, 5-3; 2, Kaylee Johnson, Estellline-Hendricks, 4-10.25; 3, Kaylin Slivoskey, Ellendale, 4-8.25; 4, Gracie Lange, Ipswich, 4-8.25; 5, Jennifer Aman, Warner, 4-8.25; 6, Maddie Premus, Webster, 4-6; 7, (tie) Kyra Marcuson, Warner, 4-4. and Hanna Miller, Aberdeen Christian, 4-4.

Long Jump: 1, Krystal Geier, North Central, 15-1.5; 2, Kylie Beare, Estelline-Hendricks, 14-11.5; 3, Avery Rotondi, Ellendale, 13-6; 4, Kennedy Steiner, Webster, 13-4.25; 5, Maddie Premus, Webster, 12-8; 6, (tie) Paige Snell, Webster, 12-2.25, and Abby Opp, North Central, 12-2.25; 8, (tie) Carissa Schwingler, North Central, 11-7.75, and Bayleann Moen, Webster, 11-7.75.

Triple Jump: 1, Krystal Geier, North Central, 31-6.75; 2, Kylie Beare, Estelline-Hendricks, 30-11.25; 3, Bayleann Moen, Webster, 29-4; 4, (tie) Elliot Steiner, Webster, 29-3.25, and Kennedy Steiner, Webster, 29-3.25; 6, Avery Rotondi, Ellendale, 29-1; 7, Kate Wegner, Estelline-Hendricks, 27-8.25; 8, Carissa Schwingler, North Central, 25-10.25.

Pole Vault: 1, Greta Snaza, Milbank Area, 10-6; 2, (tie) Sadie Johnson, Estelline-Hendricks, 7-6, and Annie Witt, Webster, 7-6; 4, Erin Case, Webster, 7-0.25; 5, Quincy Olivier, Ipswich, 7-0.25; 6, Emily Richie, Webster, 6-6.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Ipswich (Emily DeRaad, Ashley Ptacek, Paige Mehlberg, Halle Heinz), 4:44.07; 2, Webster, 4:50.10; 3, Warner, 4:54.11; 4, Aberdeen Christian, 4:57.44; 5, Ipswich, 5:02.94; 6, Warner, 5:11.83; 7, Ellendale, 5:12.45; 8, Aberdeen Christian II, 5:52.93.

BOYS’ DIVISION

55-Meter Hurdles: 1, Josh McQuairie, Ipswich, :09.13; 2, Colton Mohr, North Central, :09.97; 3, Clayton Dunlaney, Warner, :10:38; 4, Lincoln Fortin, Warner, :10.66; 5, Lance Parks, Ipswich, :10.88; 6, Preston Martin, Ipswich, :10.89; 7, Mitch Mohr, North Central, :11.46; 8, Anton Geller, Ellendale, :11.66.

55-Meter Dash: 1, Ben Rohl, Aberdeen Christian, :06.94; 2, Ty Kadlec, Ipswich, :07.01; 3, Dylan Owens, Ipswich, :07.14; 4, Matthew Hettich, Ipswich, :07.15; 5, Trevor Heinz, Ipswich, :07.29; 6, Tanner Evans, Warner, :07.33; 7, Logan Permann, Warner, :07.39; 8, Abe Kretchman, Aberdeen Christian, :07.42.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Ben Rohl, Aberdeen Christian, :24.90; 2, Carson Gohl, Ipswich, :25.20; 3, Matthew Hettich, Ipswich, :25.44; 4, Ty Kadlec, Ipswich, :25.77; 5, Dylan Owens, Ipswich, :26.04; 6, Abe Kretchman, Aberdeen Christian, :26.20; 7, Tyler Hettich, Ipswich, :26.24; 8, Tanner Frickson, North Central, :26.81.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Levi Reis, Ellendale, :58.13; 2, Chase Braun, Warner, :59.73; 3, Turner Thorson, Ipswich, :59.79; 4, Kyle Woodring, Redfield, 1:01.12; 5, Raynor Sprague, North Central, 1:01.49; 6, Maxwell Kulesa, Ipswich, 1;01.54; 7, Brent Bearman, Webster, 1:01.75; 8, Easten Thunder Hawk, Standing Rock, 1:02.01.

800-Meter Run: 1, Cody Larson, Warner, 2:09.37; 2, Drew Reetz, Webster, 2:12.78; 3, Ben Wirth, Warner, 2:13.32; 4, Mattix Hausman, Estelline-Hendricks, 2:27.20; 5, Joseph Mc Aninch, Estelline-Hendricks, 2:27.93; 6, Trey Dunse, Webster, 2:28.26; 7, Walker Larson, Aberdeen Christian, 2:30.71; 8, Camree Pete, Standing Rock, 2:31.27.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Cody Larson, Warner, 4:33.59; 2, Riley Benning, Estelline-Hendricks, 5:10.99; 3, Theo Thurber, Ellendale, 5:13.58; 4, Tayne Dunse, Webster, 5:23.09; 5, Dillon Browning, Warner, 5:27.28; 6, Walker Larson, Aberdeen Christian, 5:37.09; 7, Camree Pete, Standing Rock, 5:38.27; 8, Aiden Thurber, Ellendale, 5:39.96.

3,200-Meter Run: 1, Dillon Browning, Warner, 11:49.76; 2, Lance Bradley, Standing Rock, 12:08.62; 3, Taylor Thorson, Ipswich, 12:34.60; 4, Dylan Wald, Ipswich, 12:56.76; Xavior Kadlec, Ipswich, 13:19.25.

Shot Put: 1, Jackson McNeil, Warner, 43-11.25; 2, Jon Nefzger, Estelline-Hendricks, 42-4.75; 3, Zach Geditz, Ipswich, 39-1; 4, (tie) Jacoby Flegel, Estelline-Hendricks, 38-11.5, and John Moore, Estelline-Hendricks, 38-11.5; 6, Treyson Renken, Standing Rock, 38-5.5; 7, Alex Braun, Warner, 38-4; 8, Eric Severson, Ipswich, 38-2.

High Jump: 1, Chase Braun, Warner, 5-6; 2, Josh McQuarie, Ipswich, 5-6; 3, Tyler Hettich, Ipswich, 5-4.25; 4, Peyton Jung, Warner, 5-2.25; 5, Mitchell Mack, Redfield, 5-2.25; 6, Zach Reuschlein, Ipswich, 5-0.25; 7, (tie) Preston Martin, Ipswich, 5-0.25, and Timothy Rucker, North Central, 5-0.25.

Long Jump: 1, Ben Rohl, Aberdeen Christian, 18-7; 2, Jaydon Keller, Webster, 18-6.5; 3, Dylan Owens, Ipswich, 18-2.25; 4, Jacob Keller, Webster, 17-10.25; 5, Abe Kretchman, Aberdeen Christian, 17-6.75; 6, Ty Cramer, Warner, 17-2.75; 7, Peyton Jung, Warner, 17-2.75; 8, Hunter Cramer, Warner, 16-9.25.

Triple Jump: 1, Jaydon Keller, Webster, 38-2; 2, Peyton Jung, Warner, 37-11.25; 3, Jacob Keller, Webster, 35-9.25; 4, Ty Cramer, Warner, 34-5; 5, Hunter Cramer, Warner, 32-0; 6, Anton Geller, Ellendale, 31-7.25; 7, Holden Bartel, Aberdeen Christian, 27-2.5.

Pole Vault: 1, Drew Reetz, Webster, 12-6; 2, Karson Weber, Milbank Area, 10-0; 3, Tayne Dunse, Webster, 9-6.25; 4, Jaiden McCreary, Webster, 9-6.25; 5, Jayden Johnson, Milbank Area, 9-6.25; 6, Justin Buschenfeld, Estelline-Hendricks, 8-6; 7, Max Duerre, Webster, 8-0; 8, Taylor Thorson, Ipswich, 8-0.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Warner (Landon Leidholt, Chase Braun, Ben Wirth, Cody Larson), 3:49.24; 2, Webster, 4:01.89; 3, Aberdeen Christian, 4:06.12; 4, Ipswich, 4:09.19; 5, Estelline-Hendricks, 4:10.89; 6, Ellendale, 4:17.33; 7, Warner II, 4:17.85; 8, Standing Rock, 4:19.59.

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