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In home stretch before regionals, Panthers stay on top

By Sue Sitter - | May 22, 2021

Sue Sitter/PCT Anna Duchscherer leaps into the triple jump at the Rugby Panther Booster Invitational May 17.

Challenging weather and a loaded meet schedule couldn’t keep the Rugby High School Panthers away from impressive achievements during the last two weeks of their regular season.

The Panthers participated in four meets between May 11 and May 17, three of them at home. The lone out-of-town meet took place in Minot May 15. Girls’ Head Coach Bill Jansen said he took four athletes to the Glenburn Invitational in Minot. Even with the small number, the Panthers placed 10th among 17 schools in total team points.

The other meets saw Rugby at the number one spot, where they’ve been for most of the season.

Both boys’ and girls’ teams took first place at the May 11 CNDC meet, the Charlie Hanneman Memorial meet and the Panther Booster Invitational, all held at their home, Johnsen Field.

Temperatures grew warmer for the last few meets. Athletes sought shade and drank plenty of water for the May 17 Panther Booster Invitational, when highs reached into the 80s. Winds proved to be a problem as well, blowing debris across the field and pushing against runners.

“We had a good day under some not ideal conditions but it looks like it may be worse at the end of the week,” Jansen said, looking ahead to the North Central Region meet May 20.

“(We had) two new qualifiers – Mya Geisinger in the Triple Jump and Brooklyn Bartsch in the 400- meter dash,” Jansen added, noting Bartsch had finished with a qualifying time in a short race, adding to her qualifiers in longer 1600-meter races.

“We are hoping the weather is not too bad at the end of the week so the athletes have a chance to perform well at the region meet,” Jansen added.

“The top three in each event at the region meet qualify for state along with anyone that meets the season long qualifying standard,” Jansen explained.

Other state qualifiers on the girls’ team were Mya Geisinger in the triple jump with 34 feet, Janikka Miller in the high jump with five feet, one inch and Anna Clements with a pole vault of nine Clements and Miller had also qualified in the pole vault and high jump before the May 17 meet.

“It feels really good because I worked really hard for this,” Miller, a sophomore, said after her jump. I started in the high jump in eighth grade and I got (four ft., 11 in.)”

“I plan to stay with this,” Miller added. “I think this is a good program. It works us really hard and I think it’s really beneficial for us as a team.”

On the boys’ team, JD Matehs qualified for state again in the 110-meter hurdles with 15.33 seconds. Matehs also qualified in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.00 seconds. Matehs ran the anchor leg of the 4×200-meter relay for a team of Riley Tuenge, Trey Welstad and Warren Walker. The four qualified for state with a time of 1 minute, 35.17 seconds. In the high jump, Cole Slaubaugh qualified for state with a 6 ft. 2.00 in. measurement. Slaubaugh looked well-positioned to add a 2021 state title to his 2019 title for the event.

Full results for the Panther Booster Invitational were:

Girls: 100-meter dash: Taylor Mayer, fourth place, 13.54 seconds; Elise Fahnestock, 14.12; Tressa Arnston, 14.14; Mya Geisinger, 14.17; Anna Johnson, 14.26; Madison Corum, 14.31; Hannah Follman, 14; Sydney Schock, 14.97; Elli Kuntz, 18.65.

200-meter dash: Fahnestock, third place, 28.74; Bostyn Bailey, sixth place, 29.10; Rylah Hager, 29.60; Anna Duchscherer, 29.65; Corum, 29.97; Follman, 30.86; Kuntz, 39.85.

400-meter dash: Brooklyn Bartsch, state qualifier, first place, 1 minute, 1.74 seconds; Bailey, seventh place, 1:06.60; Hager, 1:09.59; Fahnestock, 1:09.85; Corum, 1:11.11; Follman, 1:13.20.

800-meter run: Ella Jacobson, fifth place, 2:47.77; Megan Buckmier, sixth place, 2:51.32; Ashlyn Dibble, eighth place, 2:56.79; Rylie Suchor, 3:03.23; Jaclyn Duchscher, 3:04.26.

1600-meter run: Hannah Senechal, first place, 5:47.40; Jacobson, fourth place, 6:16.86; Dibble, sixth place, 6:27.27; Buckmier, 6:38.07; Duchscher, 6:41.50; Tayler Hamilton, 6:44.30; Suchor, 6:47.15.

3200-meter run: Amelia Shepard, first place, 12:35.01.

100-meter hurdles: Anna Clements, first place, 17.20 seconds; Bella McCabe, fifth place, 18.21; Peyton Hauck, eighth place, 19.02; Schock, 19.80.

300-meter hurdles: Clements, second place, 52.62; McCabe, fourth place, 53.52; Hauck, fifth place, 56.69; Hager, seventh place, 56.91; Schock, 1:00.76.

Long jump: Mya Geisinger, third place, 15 ft. 4 in.; Ashley Martodam, fourth place, 15 ft. 2 in.; Hauck, fifth place, 15 ft., 0.5 in.; Lacie Deplazes, 14 ft. 4 in.; Anna Johnson, 13 ft., 11.5 in.; Janikka Miller, 13 ft., 8.25 in.; Annie Risovi, 13 ft., 4.5 in.; Brooke Senger, 13 ft., 0.5 in.; Sarah Blessum, 13.0 ft.; Duchscherer, 12 ft. 10.5 in.; Arnston, 12 ft., 10 in.

Triple jump: Geisinger, state qualifier, first place, 34.0 ft.; Johnson, third place, 31 ft., 4.5 in.; Miller, fourth place, 30 ft., 5.25 in.; Risovi, fifth place, 30 ft., 1.5 in.; Duchscherer, sixth place, 20 ft., 10.75 in.; Sarah Blessum, eighth place, 29 ft., 8 in.; Deplazes, 29 ft., 5.5 in.; Arnston, 29 ft., 3.75 in.

High jump: Miller, state qualifier, first place, 5 ft.,1 in.; Deplazes, second place, 4 ft., 9 in.; Peyton Hauck, tied for sixth place, 4 ft., 5 in.

Pole vault: Clements, state qualifier, first place, 9.0 ft.; Haley Mayer, second place, 7 ft., 6 in.; Buckmier, third place, 5 ft, 6 in.

Shot put: Riley Grove, fourth place, 32 ft., 1 in.; Brooke Blessum, eighth place, 30 ft., 3 in.; Riley Bonebrake, 29 ft., 5 in.; Lauren Voeller, 29 ft., 2 in.; Lindy Radomski, 28 ft.; Anna Bogar, 27 ft., 6 in.; Senger, 27 ft. 1 in.; Annette Fox, 24 ft. 7 in.; Niah Wollenzien, 23 ft.; Harmony Moore, 21 ft., 2 in.

Discus: Brooke Blessum, third place, 97 ft., 4 in.; Radomski, 74 ft., 4 in.; Moore, 71 ft., 10 in.; Fox, 71 ft.; Bonebrake, 68 ft.; Wollenzien, 59 ft., 5 in.; Voeller, 56 ft., 5 in.; Bogar, 56 ft.,4 in.

Javelin: Blessum, third place, 89 ft., 11 in.; Grove, fourth place, 89 ft., 1 in.; McCabe, seventh place, 81 ft., 4 in.; Bonebrake, 71 ft., 2 in.; Moore, 68 ft., 8 in.; Radomski, 62 ft., 4 in.; Fox, 48 ft., 11 in.; Bogar, 48 ft. 7 in.

4×100-meter relay: Taylor Mayer, Geisinger, Arnston, Johnson, third place, 53.66 seconds.

4×200-meter relay: Taylor Mayer, Bailey, Duchscherer, Martodam, first place, 1 minute, 53.98 seconds.

4×400-meter relay: Bartsch, Fahnestock, Bailey, Corum, second place, 4:24.55.

4×800-meter relay: Jacobson, Buckmier, Suchor, Shepard, second place, 11:03.78.

Boys: 100-meter dash: Warren Walker, seventh place, 12.17 seconds; Hudson Hooker, 12.54.

200-meter dash: Isaac Christenson, 27.95

400-meter dash: Cole Fahnestock, 59.29; Christenson, 1 minute, 4.95 seconds.

1600-meter run: Austin Dibble, second place, 5:00.75.

3200-meter run: Connor Ramsey, third place, 12:33.93; Kristian Fritz, fourth place, 12.49.95.

110-meter hurdles: JD Matehs, state qualifier, first place, 15.33 seconds; Cy Walker, fifth place, 19.23; Logan Gronvold, sixth place, 20.54.

300-meter hurdles: JD Matehs, state qualifier, first place, 41.00; Cy Walker, sixth place, 49.06; Bryceton Deplazes, eighth place, 51.49.

4×100-meter relay: Riley Tuenge, Trey Welstad, Warren Walker, Matehs, first place, 46.11; Hooker, Kory Vetsch, Gronvold, Isaiah Bundy-Smith, fourth place, 48.35.

4×200-meter relay: Tuenge, Welstad, Warren Walker, Matehs, state qualifiers, first place, 1 minute, 35.17 seconds; Hooker, Gronvold, Christenson, Fahnestock, fifth place, 1:42.16.

4×400-meter relay: Tuenge, Vetsch, Hooker, Dibble, third place, 3:58.55.

4×800-meter relay: Fritz, Connor Klein, Ramsey, Dibble, second place, 9:36.30.

Shot put: Bundy-Smith, first place, 43 ft., 5 in.; Ethan Brandt, third place, 41 ft., 8 in.; Connor Klein, 34 ft., 2 in.

Discus: Bundy-Smith, first place, 129 ft., 2 in.; Brandt, fourth place, 105 ft., 5 in.; Klein, 85 ft., 7 in.

Javelin: Welstad, fourth place, 126 ft., 8 in.; Tuenge, sixth place, 120 ft., 11 in.

High jump: Cole Slaubaugh, state qualifier, first place: 6 ft., 2 in.

Pole vault: Vetsch, first place, 11 ft.; Gronvold, second place, 11 ft.; Deplazes, fourth place, 9 ft.

Long jump: Welstad, second place, 19 ft. 6 in.; Slaubaugh, sixth place, 17 ft., 11 in.; Deplazes, 16 ft., 8.5 in.

Triple jump: Slaubaugh, first place, 39 ft., 2 in.; Deplazes, second place, 35 ft., 9 in.

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