Posted 5/26/15 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
The 2015 North Dakota State Track and Field Meet will be a track meet that Watford City’s Ricki Lindley will cherish for a long time. The Watford City junior won the State title in the triple jump with a leap of 36’9.5,” took fourth place in the long jump with a 17’3” effort, and was a member of the Wolves’ 800 meter relay team that took sixth place with a time of 1:49.97.
Lindley ended up the two-day track meet earning 18 of Watford City’s 63 points.
The Watford City girls ended the State Track Meet with 63 points, just trailing third place Carrington by 3½ points.
“The girls preformed extremely well at the State meet,” stated Greg Brown, Wolves’ girls head coach. “Most came home with season Personal Bests. And that is what we are looking for at this time of year.”
Nessa Mathews took second for Watford in the shot put with a throw of 41’6.5” to improve on her third place finish at State last season, while Asha Smith, Bridget Allex and Mikka Haugeberg finished in third place in the 800 meter run, the 100 meter hurdles and the pole vault, respectively.
“The girls excelled all over the track as the results show,” stated Brown. “But what the results do not show is how close some of our athletes were to making the finals.”
According to Brown, the girls team came up just short in four preliminary events with Watford City athletes coming in at 10th place.
“We had some younger athletes that stepped up and proved that they are ready to take over and become big contributors to the team,” stated Brown. “Our seniors this year have taught the younger athletes how to be competitive and to strive to become the best.”
The Watford City girls also placed in three relay events at State with the 3,200 meter relay team, consisting of Kayla Ogle, Morgan Rolfsrud, Lindsay Peterson and Asha Smith, taking third in a time of 10:09.66, while the 1,600 meter relay team of Mikka Haugeberg, Lea Arndt, Kara Langerud and Asha Smith took fourth with a time of 4:13.77. The Wolves’ 800 meter relay team of Nessa Mathews, Lindsay Peterson, Lea Arndt and Ricki Lindley finished in sixth place with a time of 1:49.97.
Other individual place finishers were Asha Smith with a fourth place finish in the 1,600 meter run, Kara Langerud with an eighth place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.06, Kayla Ogle with an eighth place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.81 and an eighth place finish in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:22.10;
In the boys division, Watford City had two individuals, Rait Elliot and Cole McGorman, finish in the top eight, while the boys 1,600 meter relay team also placed.
McGorman took sixthseventh in the high jump with a leap of 5’10”, while Elliot took seventh in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.51. Watford City’s 1,600 meter relay team consisting of Kyle Cook, Logan Gumke, Conner Dennis and Brenden Leaming took eighth place with a time of 3:36.10.
“I am extremely proud of my team,” stated Dave Gumke, Wolves’ boys head coach. “The guys gave everything that they had at the State Meet. It was exciting to see Logan and Brenden finally get that elusive State plaque in the last event of their final State Meet.”
The Watford City boys team ended the State Meet in 30th place with 5½ points.
2015 State Track & Field - Girls Division
Watford City individual results:
100 Meter Dash: 10. Ricki Lindley, 12.88.
400 Meter Dash: . 8. Kara Langerud, 1:01.06.
800 Meter Run: 3. Asha Smith, 2:19.09; 8. Kayla Ogle, 5:22.10.
1,600 Meter Run: 4. Asha Smith, 5:12.59; 8. Kayla Ogle, 22:22.81.
100 Meter Hurdles: 3. Bridget Allex, 16.48; 12. Lea Arndt, 17.65.
300 Meter Hurdles: 10. Lea Arndt, 49.36; 20. Bridget Allex, 51.55.
400 Meter Relay: 10. (Nessa Mathews, Kara Langerud, Bridget Allex, Mikka Haugeberg), 52.10.
800 Meter Relay: 6. (Nessa Mathews, Lindsay Peterson, Lea Arndt, Ricki Lindley), 1:49.97.
1,600 Meter Relay: 4. (Mikka Haugeberg, Lea Arndt, Kara Langerud, Asha Smith), 4:13.77.
3,200 Meter Relay: 3. (Kayla Ogle, Morgan Rolfsrud, Lindsay Peterson, Asha Smith), 10:09.66.
Long Jump: 4. Ricki Lindley, 17’3”; 10. Kara Langerud, 16’5.75”.
Triple Jump: 1. Ricki Lindley, 36’9.5”.
Shot Put: 2. Nessa Mathews, 41’6.5”.
Pole Vault: 3. Mikka Haugeberg, 9’9”.
2014 State Track & Field - Boys Division
Watford City individual results:
200 Meter Dash: 11. Brenden Leaming, 22.81.
400 Meter Dash: 11. Brenden Leaming, 52.27.
800 Meter Run: 13. Kyle Cook, 2:05.75.
110 Meter Hurdles: 7. Rait Elliot, 16.51.
300 Meter Hurdles: 11. Conner Dennis, 43.42.
400 Meter Relay: 16. (Bo Cook, Conner Dennis, Carter Zenz, Justin Schwartzenberger), 46.60.
800 Meter Relay: 16. (Bo Cook, Kyle Cook, Justin Schwartzenberger, Brenden Leaming), 1:36.73.
1,600 Meter Relay: 8. (Kyle Cook, Logan Gumke, Conner Dennis, Brenden Leaming), 3:36.10.
3,200 Meter Relay: 9. (Raehs Puetz, Devin Schmitz, Logan Gumke, Kyle Cook), 8:57.65.
High Jump: 6. Cole McGorman, 5’10”.
Long Jump: 19. Bo Cook, 18’9”.
Triple Jump: 20. Bo Cook, 37’10”.
Pole Vault: . 9. Logan Gumke, 11’6”; Justin Schwartzenberger, 11’0”.