Hazen girls win region
By Jarann Johnson
Last year the Hazen Bison had a great season. They had two individual event winners at the state meet. Dakota Wood, senior, won the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Austin Cieslak won the shot put. Last week at the South Central track meet in Bismarck, the Bison proved they are ready to one-up last year’s successful finish.
The only thing the girls’ squad didn’t do last season was knock off Carrington and, after last week’s regional meet, they can add knocking Carrington down to their list of accomplishments this season.
Dakota Wood continued her unbeaten streak in the hurdles this year, taking first in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Wood won the 100H in 14.82 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 45.41 seconds.
Wood is currently the state’s best in both events, and no other runner is within two seconds of her time. Wood’s goal all season long has been to break the current state records in both events, which are held by former Carrington standout Whitney Carlson.
Aside from taking care of business in the 100H and 300H, Wood also got the job done in the 200, winning the 200 in 26.12 seconds. The only race Wood didn’t win at the regional meet was the 100, and that was because her own teammate out-sprinted her.