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TRACK AND FIELD: Panthers Prepare For Regional Meet

By Staff | May 15, 2015

Lori Gronvold Nolan Hovland (back) passes the baton to Brad Heidlebaugh during the 4x200-meter relay at the Panther Booster Invitational last week in Rugby.

The Rugby High School boys & girls track & field teams are competing today in a regional meet on their home turf.

But they had some preparation for it last week at the Panther Booster Invitational.


The girls finished first in the 4×100- (Kristina Brossart, Sara and Anni Stier and sophomore Karin Selland – 55.22), 4×200- (Sara, Anni and Emily Stier and Maria Blessum – 1:52.20), 4×400- (4:35.23) and 4×800-meter (senior Allison Foster, freshman Tristin Lunde, senior Bailey Nelson and Selland – 10:49.20) relays.

The boys were not to be outdone, as they finished first in the 4×100 (junior Ryan Michels, sophomore Kade Leier, senior Brad Heidlebaugh, freshman Kaden Jaeger, 47.22 time), 4×200 (Heidlebaugh, Michels, seniors Nolan Hovland and Tanner Bernhardt, 1:36.97) and 4×800(sophomores Jacob Blessum and John Mueller, freshman Jace Scherr and junior Tyler Schmaltz) relays.

Lunde took first in the 800-meter run (2:40.19), and second in the 1600-meter run (6:14.15). On the boys’ side of things, Jacob Blessum took third in the 1600 with a 5:37.60 time. Senior Noah Kraft took second in the 800 (2:18.59) and Blessum took third (2:20.89).

Foster took first in the 3200-meter run (12:34.05). For the boys in that event, Mueller took first (11:49.48) and seventh-grader Dawson Schepp took second (11:51.94).

Jaeger took first in the 100-meter dash (12.29) while senior Eli Luna (Towner) took second (12.33). Jaeger also took third in the 200-meter dash (25.38).

Hovland took first in the 200 dash (24.96) and Leier took second (25.16).

Bernhardt took first in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 54.63 seconds.

Sophomore Jazlyn Brossart took first in the 100-meter hurdles (18.62), and classmate Shawn Schaan took second in the 110-meter hurdles (18.66).

Junior Victor Gronvold took first in the 300-meter hurdles (42.33), and Schaan took third in that event (48.73).


Senior Emily Stier was another bright spot for the girls, finishing first in the long jump (16’7″), the 300 hurdles (49.46) and the 400 dash (1:01.92).

Freshman and sister Sara took first in triple jump (33′ 10 1/2″), and third in long jump (15′ 11 1/2″).

Eighth-grader and sister Anni took second in 300 hurdles (52.58), and fourth in 400 dash (1:07.33).


Field events were another high point for both teams.

Schaan and classmate Kari Fritel took first and third, respectively, in javelin. Schaan threw 110’2″, while Fritel threw 78′. Schmaltz took second, throwing 108’7″.

Shea and Brad Heidlebaugh both excelled in discus. Shea threw 96’2″ for a first place finish, and Brad threw 149’8″ for a first place finish and a state-qualifying spot.

Brad Heidlebaugh and Fritel also took first in shot put. Heidlebaugh threw 39’11”, while Fritel threw 35’11”.

In pole vault, senior Jessica Blessum took first with a 9′ score, while Jaeger took first for the boys also with a 9′ score.

Blessum also took second in high jump (4’9″), and for the boys Michels took first and Hovland took second, both reaching 6’2″.

Senior Zach Miller took first in triple jump (43’6″) and third in long jump (21’1″).

Bernhardt took first in long jump (43’6″) and second in triple jump (43′ 5 3/4″).

– Tribune Staff Report

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