Wildcats place 6 at Washburn
By Jarann Johnson
The Center-Stanton Wildcats attended the Washburn meet last week and came away with six place-winners. The boys had five placers and the girls produced one at the meet.
The boys were once again led by senior jumper Daniel Kraft. Kraft took first place in two events, winning the long jump and triple jump.
Kraft’s winning mark in the long jump was 20 feet and .50 inches and his winning mark in the triple jump was 39 feet and 7.50 inches. Kraft’s long jump mark was about 8 inches away from state-qualifying.
The state-qualifying standard in the long jump is 20-09, and there haven’t been any boys in the state to state-qualify the event. Kraft was about two feet away from qualifying the triple jump. There are currently six state-qualifiers in the triple jump.
Kraft’s lowest placing of the tournament was in the high jump. Kraft finished runner-up with a jump of 5-10. The winning mark at the meet was set by Ryan Michels, Rugby, at 6-02, which is also the state-qualifying mark.
The only other Center-Stanton athlete to place for the boys was Macauley Haag. Haag took seventh in the triple jump (36-07) and fifth in the javelin (127-08). The javelin was won by Garrett Roemmich (Linton-HMB) with a mark of 173-05. Roemmich holds the top mark in the state in the javelin at 175-04.
The girls had one placer at the meet. The girls were led by Annika Towe. Towe took fourth in the 1600 meter open, which is a mile-long distance race.
Towe finished in 6 minutes and 14.50 seconds. The race was won by Cassidy Huesers in 5:33.55, which is about two seconds faster than the state-qualifying standard. The top mark in the girls 1600 in Class B belongs to Asha Smith, Watford City, at 5:17.
The track team will be headed to the Bismarck Bowl this weekend. The weather is supposed to be cloudy and rainy, so it may be a challenge for Center-Stanton to pick up their first state-qualifier of the year.