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CNDC answers questions for Lady Panthers

By Sue Sitter - | Apr 10, 2021

If Rugby High School girls’ track and field coach Bill Jansen had any questions about how the future looked for their 2021 season, a first-place finish at the CNDC Indoor Invitational answered a few.

“There’s a question mark as to who’s the competition and what kind of competition we’re going to be to others,” Jansen said ahead of the meet.

Eleven schools competed at the indoor event at the Minot State University Dome. The Panthers finished well ahead of the pack with 124 points. Their nearest competitors, second place Beulah and third place Harvey-Wells County, finished with 98 and 91 points, respectively.

With state long jump title holder Brooke Blessum sidelined from that event and the pole vault, where she’d taken third place at state in 2019, teammate Anna Clements stepped up to take first in the event with a 7 foot, 6 inch vault. Haley Mayer took third place with her 6-foot vault.

In the long jump, Mya Geisinger took fifth place with her 14 foot, 9 inch distance. Peyton Hauck took sixth place with 14 feet, 8 inches and Anna Johnson took eight place with a 14 foot, 5 inch jump. Other participants were Taylor Pritschet with 12 feet, 11 inches; Tressa Arnston with 12 feet, 9 inches; Jannika Miller with 12 feet, 9 inches; Annie Risovi with 12 feet, 5 inches; Ashley Martodam with 12 feet, 2 inches and Haley Mayer with 11 feet, 4 inches.

Miller took first place for her 4 foot, 9 measurement in the high jump. Mayer tied for third place with Rolette’s Morgan Casavant for a 4 foot, 5-inch jump. Hauck tied for seventh place with HWC’s Breanna Heilman with a 4 foot, 3-inch jump.

Jansen predicted a strong showing for the Panthers in distance events. His predictions proved true when Brooklyn Bartsch, who had placed third at state cross country last fall finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:37.84. Other finishers for Rugby in that event were Rylie Suchor, who took sixth place with a time of 3:01.21, Jaclyn Duchscher, who finished seventh with a time of 3:03.16 and Ashlyn Dibble, who finished the race with a time of 3:06.98.

Martodam, an eighth grader and co-op team member from Towner, finished in second place for the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 1 inch. Geisinger finished fourth in the event with a 31 foot, 1.5 inch distance. Anna Duchscherer took sixth place for the event with a 30 foot, 7.5 inch jump. Miller placed seventh in the event with a 29 foot, 6-inch distance. Tayor Mayer’s 29 foot, 4.5 inch jump earned eighth place. Other participants for the event included Anna Johnson with 28 feet, 7.5 inches; Risovi with 27 feet, 8 inches; Arnston with 26 feet, 4.5 inches and Haley Mayer with 25 feet, 10 inches.

The Panthers felt former Rugby High student Jacoby Glasser’s absence in the shot put event. Glasser had taken third place at state in 2019 before she moved away from North Dakota.

Riley Grove’s 28 foot, 11 inch throw earned her eighth place. Blessum gave the event a try, throwing for a 26 foot, 2 inch distance, right behind Lauren Voeller’s 26 foot, 11 inch throw. Other participants in the event were Harmony Moore with 24 feet; Anna Bogar with 23 feet, 9 inches; Niah Wollenzien with 21 feet, 10 inches and Annette Fox with 21 feet, 3 inches.

In the 1600-meter run, Hannah Senechal took third place with a time of 6:08.56. Tayler Hamilton finished in third place for the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:28.79.

In the 400-meter dash, Elise Fahnestock’s finish time of 1:09.76 earned her third place. Bostyn Bailey took seventh place with a time of 1:11.81, while Jesse Wolf finished with a time of 1:23.30.

The Panthers saw another third place finish in the 4 by 800-meter relay. The team of Bartsch, Suchor, Jaclyn Duchscher and Senechal had a time of 11:40.26.

Relay teams for the 160-meter and 4 by 400 meter events each finished in fourth place.

For the 160-meter event, the team of Hannah Follman, Taylor Mayer, Hauck and Mikaylee Livedalen finished with a 1:34.39 time.

In the 4×400-meter event, the team of Bartsch, Geisinger, Fahnestock and Follman saw a finish time of 4:45.98.

In the 55-meter dash, Taylor Mayer tied with Martodam for seventh place with a time of 7.81 seconds. Others finishers were Duchscherer with 7.94 seconds; Johnson with 8.14 seconds; Geisinger, 8.15 seconds; Fahnestock, 8.27 seconds; Bailey. 8.30 seconds; Clements, 8.33 seconds; Follman, 8.35 seconds; Livedalen, 8.45 seconds; Arnston, 8.53 seconds; Syndey Schock, 8.57 seconds; Risovi, 8.67 seconds; Pritschet, 8.80 seconds and Elli Kuntz with 10:34 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, finish times for the Panthers were: Fahnestock, 30. 38 seconds; Bailey, 30.30 seconds; Duchscherer, 30.70 seconds; Johnson, 31.01 seconds; Follman, 32.33 seconds; Arnston, 32.56 seconds; Pritschet, 33.21 seconds; Schock, 33.90 seconds; Miller, 34.23 seconds; Risovi, 34.41 seconds and Kuntz, 41.02 seconds.

“I was very happy with the way our kids handled themselves and the way they competed,” Jansen said after the meet. “We were missing a number of girls, so the picture is not clear yet as to what we have team wise, but what I saw was very encouraging,” he added.

“I am looking forward to getting outside and really see what our kids can do,” Jansen said.

The Panthers would travel to Hazen for the Early Bird Invitational April 6. Results from that meet will appear in the April 17 Tribune.

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