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Watford City girls take seventh at ND Relays

Posted 4/28/15 (Tue)

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

The Watford City’s girls track team proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with at the State Class B Track Meet as the Wolves took seventh place at the North Dakota Relays at the Bismarck Community Bowl on Friday.
Ricki Lindley continued her domination of the triple jump in the state as she posted a mark of 36’7” to win Friday’s event, while Mikka Haugeberg finished in second place in the pole vault with a vault of 9’9”.
In other individual events, Nessa Mathews took third in the shot put with a throw of 39’10”.
“We’ve had some great practices, and we are now seeing it pay off as our times are starting to drop,” stated Greg Brown, Wolves’ varsity girls head coach. “It is always good to see great competition. This is getting to be the exciting time of the year as times will continue to get faster and meets will get more exciting.”
In the relays, Nessa Mathews, Lindsay Peterson, Mikka Haugeberg and Ricki Lindley posted a state-qualifying time of 1:50.48 in the 800 meter relay.
Morgan Rolfsrud, Lea Arndt, Ricki Lindley and Mikka Haugeberg took fifth in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 4:25.01, while Nessa Mathews, Ivy Dodds, Bridget Allex and Lindsay Peterson took eighth in the 400 meter relay with a time of 53.81.
In the boys varsity division, the Wolves placed 14th out of 15 teams with Logan Gumke placing sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 12’0”, while Kyle Cook, Logan Gumke, Conner Dennis and Brenden Leaming took eighth in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 3:44.63.
“We took 11 guys to the Relays and competed against the Class A schools,” stated Dave Gumke, Wolves’ varsity boys head coach. “We had some good performances and improvements in marks even though we only placed in two events.  The guys will see the benefits of this meet by the end of the season when it counts.”