Hazen girls win state championship
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison won the 2015 North Dakota Class B State Track and Field Meet last weekend by a 38.50 point margin. Not only did the Bison win the competition but they also made winning the competition look easy.
Track and field is like most team sports – in order to win the title, a team is going to need a star. And their star is going to have perform well. The Hazen Bison got a star performance out of their senior leader, Dakota Wood.
Wood, an NDSU recruit, defended her state titles in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles with ease. Wood won the 100H in 14.71 seconds and the 300H in 44.10 seconds.
Aside from ending the year unbeaten in her signature events, Wood also showed skill in the 100 and 200. Wood’s times in the 100 (12.37) and the 200 (25.95) were good enough for second place in both events, meaning the senior scored 36 points at the state meet. The most points an athlete can record at the state meet is 40 because of the four-event rule, which only allows athletes to compete in four events.
The Bison’s star was awarded senior athlete of the year at the state meet’s closing ceremony. But the Bison also saw plenty of other runners and field athletes make sure that this year’s state title wouldn’t simply be the year the Hazen Bison had Dakota Wood.
The Bison placed in 13 events without Wood and 17 total. Wood was joined in the 100 and 200 by junior Steph Ziegler.
Ziegler placed sixth in the 100 (12.87) and third in the 200 (26.09). Ziegler wasn’t the only Bison athlete who placed in multiple individual events.
Grace Zimmerman, freshman, placed in two events. Zimmerman placed fifth in the 200 (26.27) and third in the 400 (59.70).
Junior Kaylene Klein also had a strong day, taking fourth in the 400 (60.01) and second in the 300H (45.43).
The only other individual two-event placer for the Bison was Krista Slaubaugh, a junior. Slaubaugh took eighth in the long jump (16-09.75) and third in the triple jump (35-05.25).
The single-event placers at the meet were Erin Ost and Sarah Quenette. Quenette jumped 4 feet, 11 inches at the meet and ended up in a four-way tie for sixth.
Ost took fourth in the discus with a toss of 117-04. Aside from having a strong showing in the individual events, the Bison also did really well in the relays, placing in three.
The Bison took first in the 4x100 (50.39) with the relay team of Elise Hintz, Ziegler, Alley Berger, and Katie Duttenhefer. The 4x100 team doesn’t have a single senior, so the chance for a repeat win in the event is a possibility
The 4x200 team also won at the state meet. Klein, Ziegler, Zimmerman, and Duttenhefer were on the relay that won the event. The Bison don’t have a single senior on this relay team either.