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Rugby boys reign at Class B state track meet

By Staff | May 30, 2010

Rugby’s boys track squad was runner-up at the Class B state meet a year ago.

They made sure they wouldn’t be second-best again.

Behind three individual titles by junior Eric Kuntz, Rugby won the team crown with 69 points on May 29 at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

It was the Panther boys first title since 1996 and second in as many seasons for the school. Rugby’s girls won the title in 2009.

Kuntz won the pole vault and also the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, becoming the first Panther boy to win three individual events at the Class B state meet. He also finished third in the boys long jump.

That proved to be a key event for the Panthers as senior Aaron Teigen finished second and senior Ian Keller was sixth. A day earlier, Keller finished fourth in the long jump.

The distance events were also a key area for the Panthers. The team finished third in the 3200 meter relay and also picked up points in the 800 and 1600 meters. Senior Dylan Yoder was fourth in the 800 while senior Dustin Jundt was fifth in the 1600 and sophomore Kyle Volk placed eighth in that event.

Dickinson Trinity was runner-up with 57 points while Langdon-Munich was third with 54.

Rugby’s girls squad also had another strong meet, finishing third with 53 points. Benson County (Leeds-Maddock-Minnewaukan) captured the team title with 74 points. It was the Wildcats third title in the last six years.

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