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Rugby Dominates at CNDC Meet

By Staff | Apr 10, 2015

Rugby runners Nolan Hovland (left) and Victor Gronvold (center) compete in the 55-meter hurdles at the CNDC Indoor Track & Field meet at the MSU Dome. Gronvold took third in the event, and Hovland took fourth.

The Rugby High School Boys and Girls’ track teams led the way in scoring at the CNDC Indoor Track Meet, held last week at the Minot State University Dome.


For the girls, first place finishes in the triple jump, long jump, high jump, 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay events helped toward a 117 score, catapulting them over second place Langdon Area (who scored 79).

Stier sisters Emily and Anni, Maria Blessum and Emily Salwey crossed the finish line with a 4:32.80 time in the 4×400 relay. Nelson sisters Bailey and Taylor, Tristin Lunde and Allison Foster finished the 4×800 relay in just a hair over 11 minutes.

Emily and Anni Stier also competed in the 4×160 meter relay along with Karin Selland and Lauren Kraft. That team took second, finishing with a 1:32.14 time.

Emily also took first in long jump with 16’0.5″ and finished the 55-meter dash in 7.82 seconds. Her sister Sara was .08 seconds faster in the event and also took 8th in the 55-meter hurdles.

Senior Jessica Blessum took first in the high jump at 4’9″, and tied for second in pole vault with 7’6″. She also competed in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:13.78.

Maria Blessum was in the second place tie in pole vault, took 7th in hurdles and fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:06.19).

Kraft took first in the triple jump with 32’2″, and third in long jump with 15’4.5″.

Karsyn Hager took fourth in pole vault with 6′, and finished the 200-meter dash in 33.3 seconds.

Lunde took sixth in the 400-meter dash.

The fourth and fifth place winners in shotput were decided by an inch. Junior Shea Heidlebaugh took fourth with 28’1″, while freshman Morgan Hjelden took fifth with 28′.

Sophomore Kourtney Sattler took fourth in triple jump and competed in the 55 and 200-meter dashes and long jump.

Foster took second in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:05.75.


On the boys’ side, top three finishes in the triple jump, and first place finishes in the pole vault and high jump helped the Panthers rise to the top with a 105 score. (Des Lacs-Burlington-Lewis & Clark and Harvey/Wells County both tied for second with scores of 72.)

Seniors Brad Heidlebaugh, Tanner Bernhardt and Zach Miller were able to take first, second and third, respectively in the triple jump. Bernhardt and Heidlebaugh also competed in the long jump, taking second and sixth respectively while fellow Panther Ryan Michels (junior) took eighth.

Senior Nolan Hovland took first in the high jump, and fellow Panthers Michels and Miller took third and fifth, respectively. Hovland also took fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.

Also competing in hurdles for Rugby were Shawn Schaan (6th), Jacob Blessum (10th) and Ethan Clements (13th).

Junior Victor Gronvold took first in pole vault, while fellow Panthers Clements and John Mueller took fourth and sixth, respectively. Gronvold also took fourth in the 55-meter dash and third in hurdles.

The 4×160 meter relay team took second for Rugby with a time of 1:18.95.

Mueller took fourth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:25.58 and ninth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:43.80.

Both teams’ next competition takes place on their own stomping grounds after school gets out on Thursday, April 16.

– Tribune Staff Report

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