Hazen girls keep four of the state’s top marks
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison girls track and field team made their goal clear early this season and last week they continued their mission to repeat as state champs strongly. At the end of the week the Hazen Bison owned four of the best marks in Class B.
Kaylene Klein, senior, owns the fastest time in the 300-Hurdles in Class B at 46.34 seconds. Klein ran the 46.34 at the Badlands Conference Meet last Tuesday, which was a state-qualifier and first place finish.
There is only one Class A time in the state that is faster than Klein’s time and that is Wahpeton junior Tylee Irwin’s 46.13 300-hurdles time. The Badlands Meet had other highlights than Klein’s top Class B effort.
Grace Zimmerman, sophomore, won the 100, 200 and 400 with state-qualifying times. Zimmerman ran the 100 in 13.02, the 200 in 26.27 and the 400 in 60.34. The 200 and 400 times were season best for Zimmerman.
Two other Bison runners also ran season best in the 200. Seniors Steph Ziegler and Klein took second and third in the race. Ziegler ran a 26.63 and Klein ran a 26.79 at the meet.
All together there were nine first place finishes for the Bison. Hazen was lead by Zimmerman’s three first place finishes, Klein’s first place finishes in the 100- and 300-hurdles and Krista Slaubaugh’s first place triple jump effort.