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TRACK AND FIELD: Girls, Boys Teams Improve at State

By Staff | May 29, 2015

Lori Gronvold Victor Gronvold passes the baton to teammate Tanner Bernhardt (left) during the 4x400-meter relay at the State Class B Track & Field meet last week in Bismarck. The team took fifth place.

Last year, the Rugby High School boys track & field team took sixth at the state meet, while the girls were in an ugly five-way tie for 11th with Harvey-Wells County, Parshall, Mott-Regent and Medina-Pingree-Buchanan.

This year that wasn’t the case, as both teams worked their way up the ladder and improved their standings from last year.

The boys finished second in the preliminary rounds and fourth overall this year, with a final combined score of 48.

UND signee Nolan Hovland upheld his state champion status in high jump. Last year he jumped 6’4″ on his first attempt, and this year set a school record of 6’6″. At the state meet he cleared 6’8″. Rising senior and teammate Ryan Michels took third in the event, clearing 6’4″.

Hovland also took second in triple jump with 46′ 5 1/4″, and was part of the 4×400-meter relay team (along with classmates Zach Miller and Tanner Bernhardt, and rising senior Victor Gronvold) that took fifth, finishing in 3:34.48 minutes.

Heidlebaugh took second in discus (149’11”) and seventh in shot put (45′ 6 1/2″).

Bernhardt took sixth in long jump, jumping 21’3″.

Gronvold took fourth in pole vault (12’6″) and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (41.57 seconds).

The girls finished sixth in the preliminaries and seventh overall, with a final score of 39.5.

University of Jamestown signee Emily Stier took second in long jump (17′ 7 1/4″) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (47.61 seconds).

Classmate Jessica Blessum took second in pole vault, clearing 10’3″, and competed in high jump.

In triple jump, rising sophomore Sara Stier took seventh (34’5″) and rising senior Lauren Kraft took eighth (34’4″).

Rising junior Kari Fritel took third in shot put, throwing 39’2″.

The 4×200-meter relay team – Sara Stier, rising freshman Anni Stier, Emily Stier and rising freshman Maria Blessum – took seventh (1:50.30). The 4×400-meter relay team – Blessum, Emily Stier, Anni Stier and University of Jamestown signee Allison Foster – took second (4:08.13).


Rolette-Wolford jumper Lexy Wittmayer was able to uphold her state title in high jump.

This year, the rising senior cleared 5’6″. Last year, she set a state/class B record of 5’10”.

Rolette-Wolford was tied with Kidder County-Napoleon for 18th, with a team score of 10.

– Tribune Staff Report

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