May 13, 2015

Ready for regionals

By Jarann Johnson
The Miners had a little bit of a dress rehearsal at the Richardton-Taylor Booster Invite last week. The meet hosted by Richardton took place at the Dickinson State University track, which is where this week’s regional meet will also take place.
The girls were led by three dual-event placers. Emily Alt had a good showing in the hurdling events. The freshman hurdler placed in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Alt took fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.77 seconds and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 52.05 seconds. Alt is about one second way from qualifying in the 100 hurdles and four seconds in the 300 hurdles.
There are no qualifiers in the region, so the young hurdler may be close to grabbing a state tournament spot by place. Watch for her to be close to a top-three spot at the regional meet this weekend.
Abbey Schantz, sophomore, was also a two-event placer at the meet. Schantz took seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet and 10.5 inches.
Schantz’s highest placing at the meet was in the javelin, where she took fourth (96-06). Fellow Miner teammate Jaime Murschel, senior, took second in the javelin (109-02).  
Murschel will have to make sure that she finishes above 115 feet or in the top three to earn a trip back to the state meet this year in javelin. Murschel also added an eighth place showing in the shot put (28-05) to end her day at the meet with two placings.
Each of the relay teams placed for the Miners at the event. The 4x100 team took fourth, the 4x200 team took sixth, and the the 4x400 team took fourth overall.
The group will have to improve if they want to get to state, considering a lot of the South West Region teams were at the meet.
The boys also had a strong relay day placing in each event, and showed that they could be one of tough teams in the region. The 4x100 team qualified for state, taking second overall (44.55).


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