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Track Teams Nab State Qualifiers at Home

By Staff | Apr 24, 2015

Nolan Hovland set a new school record in the high jump.

The RHS boys track & field team had a record-breaker in their midst at a meet last week on their home turf.

Senior Nolan Hovland not only took first and qualified for the state meet in high jump with a 6’6″ height at the Panther Booster Invitational, he also set a new school record.

In 1999, Jason Frueh had set the previous record with a 6’5″ height.

Hovland also took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 44.5 seconds. He, seniors Tanner Bernhardt, Zach Miller and junior Tyler Schmaltz were part of the second-place-finishing 4×400-meter relay team, who finished with a time of 3:42.54.

Senior Brad Heidlebaugh finished strong in discus, throwing 144’9″ for a first place finish and a state qualifier. He was also a first place finisher and state qualifier along with Eli Luna, Victor Gronvold and Kade Leier in the 4×100-meter relay team, who finished with a 45.72 time.

Heidlebaugh also took third in both triple jump and long jump (with scores of 42’1″ and 20’9″, respectively).

Bernhardt took fifth in both the long and triple jumps, with scores of 20’7″ and 41’3″, respectively.

Gronvold qualified for state in pole vault, taking second with a score of 12′. He also took third in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 17 seconds; and fifth in the 4×200-meter relay along with junior Ryan Michels, Bernhardt and Miller with a 1:43.17 time.

The boys finished the meet at second place with a score of 88. Carrington took first with a combined score of 103.


The girls track & field team took first place at the meet with a team score of 145 and state qualifiers of their own.

Senior Emily Stier qualified for state in both long jump and the 300-meter hurdles. She finished first in hurdles, with a 48.74 time, and second in long jump, with a 16’6.5″ score.

Kari Fritel took second and qualified in shot put, with a 37’11” score.

Senior Jessica Blessum took first and qualified in pole vault, with a 9′ height. She also took fourth in high jump with a 4’9″ height.

The relay teams had a strong showing at the meet. The 4×200-meter team – Emily, Sara and Anni Stier and Karin Selland – took first with a combined 1:51.98 time. Sara and Anni then competed on the first place 4×400-meter team, along with Maria Blessum and Tristin Lunde. They crossed the finish line at 4:20.47. Lunde, Allison Foster, Bailey Nelson and Kelly Swanson, the 4×800-meter team, took first with a combined 10:48.85 time.

Maria Blessum took second in pole vault with 7’6″ and fifth in 100-meter hurdles with an 18.74 time.

Foster also took second in the 3200-meter run with a 12:37.95 time, and third in the 1600-meter run with a 5:55.29 time.

Anni Stier took second in the 400-meter dash with a 1:03.70 time. She also took third in the 300-meter hurdles with a 50.41 time.

Sara Stier took second in triple jump with a 33’2″ score and fourth in long jump with a 16’2″ score.

Lunde took second in the 800-meter run with a 2:35.57 time, and fifth in the 1600-meter run with a 6:05.67 time.

Junior Lauren Kraft took fifth in long jump at 15’11” and sixth in triple jump with 31’9.5″.

Junior Shea Heidlebaugh took eighth in discus, throwing 90’10”.

– Tribune Staff Report

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