Bison track owns the day
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison track program has produced state winners before and is always thought of as a team to watch carefully. Last weekend at the state Class B meet in Bismarck, the Bison claimed three individual events and proved that keeping a watchful eye on the Bison is a wise thing to do.
Austin Cieslak claimed a title in the shot put by throwing the shot 49 feet, 11.50 inches on his last throw of the day. Before that throw Cieslak’s fellow teammate, Seth Kreil, was leading the competition with a throw of 49-07. Kreil and Cieslak finished first and second in the shot scoring 18 points for Hazen in the event.
Cieslak add eight more points by taking second in the discus. Cieslak threw the discus 153-08 for second place honors and Elijah Grady, New Town, won the event with a throw of 160-03. Kreil didn’t place in the event and threw 120-08, but will be a top returner to watch out for in both events next year.
There were four seniors in the discus who placed this year and five seniors in the shot who placed this year. The Bison’s boys’ team didn’t score any points in any other events at the meet. The Bison’s sprint relay team – Spencer Mattheis, Josh Erhardt, Tristian Burr, Collin Maas – didn’t advance out of prelims for the 400 relay (46.02) or the 800 relay (1:34.77).
Carl Hayes made it to 11-06 in the pole vault, six inches better than his regional track showing. But it still wasn’t enough to place. Hayes finished in a three-way tie for ninth. Harrison Aide, Bottineau, won the event with a 14-00 vault.