Hazen girls’ streak ends
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen girls started the season proving they were still loaded with talent. Hazen won their first two meets of the year and state-qualified several athletes, but the competition at the Charlie Denton Relays last week was tougher.
The Charlie Denton Relays were held at the Bismarck Bowl and featured some of the state’s best teams in Class A and B. Most of the Class A West Region teams were at the meet and eastern Class B power Central Valley-Hillsboro also competed.
The Hazen girls tied for seventh with Central Valley-Hillsboro. The highest placing Class B school at the meet was Watford City, who took third overall.
Even though the girls didn’t win the meet, they still accomplished their main objective, which was qualifying more athletes for state.
Kaylene Klein, senior, ran well in the hurdles. Klein won the 300-hurdles with a time of 47.43 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in the state.
The best Class B 300-hurdles mark belongs to Elaina Swartz, Park River, at 46.85 seconds. Klein also ran a state-qualifying time in the 100-hurdles (16.66), which also puts her at second on the Class B 100-hurdles leaderboard. The fastest time belongs to Langdon senior Jocelyn Dinius (15.94).
The competition at the meet was so fierce non-placers were state-qualifying, which is a rarity in track and field. Usually a competitive meet will result in three to five state-qualifiers, but this loaded field resulted in many more.
The 100 meter open featured 12 state-qualifiers. Hazen pushed two state-qualifiers across in the event.
Katie Duttenhefer didn’t place, but her 13.03 time in the 100 was just under the 13.04 qualifying standard.
The other state qualifier for Hazen in the 100 meter open was Grace Zimmerman. Zimmerman took eighth place in 12.87 seconds. Beatrice Kjelland, Park River, owns the top time in the state at 12.24 seconds in the event.
The 200 was just as loaded with 12 state qualifiers in the event. Hazen pushed three state qualifiers across in the event with one being a placer. Zimmerman was the lone placer for Hazen, taking sixth overall (26.57).
Steph Ziegler (26.89) and Kaylene Klein (26.93) were the Hazen non-placers who qualified for state. Klein’s run was just under the 26.94 cut off. All three are in the top eight for Class B 200 times this season and Zimmerman stands in second.