Hazen track posts plenty of season-best
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen track and field continues to improve their marks as the season progresses, which is very important because the South Central Region track meet is only 14 days away and the state track and field meet is roughly 21 days away.
The Bison had a very strong meet at the North Dakota Relays last Friday, recording several season-best and top-five marks in the state at a big meet that featured Class A schools. The girls took third out of 19 teams and the boys were 13th out of 15 teams.
Even though the Bison didn’t get a chance to see Carrington’s girls’ track team, the reigning state and South Central Region champions, the Bison did show off a lot of depth and improvement at the meet.
The most consistent improver this year has been Dakota Wood. The reigning queen of the Class B hurdles has gotten better in hurdles at every single meet of the year this season.
Wood’s latest improvement saw her cut roughly two seconds off her 300 hurdles time. Wood won the 300 hurdles at the N.D. Relays last week in 44.47 seconds – her fastest time this season.
Wood’s previous fastest time in the 300 hurdles this season was 46.09 seconds. Two other Bison runners also had strong days in the 300 hurdles – Kaylene Klein, junior, was third (47.48) and Raquel Doll, freshman, was seventh (50.59).
Wood wasn’t done showing off her impressive speed there. The senior trackster took second in the 100 (12.38) with the second fastest Class B time in the state, added a first place and season best 100H (15.08) and a Class B leading 200 (26.23).
Wood started this week ranked first in three Class B events in the state (200, 100H and 300H). Both of Wood’s hurdle times are the best marks in state for either class.
Steph Ziegler is also having a great season. Ziegler has the second best 200 time in the state and recorded a sixth place finish at the N.D. Relays last week (26.79). Ziegler’s biggest impact has been on the relay teams this season.
Ziegler helped the Bison get a season best effort out of their 4x200 relay team at the N.D. Relays. The girls’ season-best effort was good enough for first place (1:47.42) and the No. 1 spot in the state for the Class B 4x200.
Elise Hintz, Ziegler, Kaylene Klein and Katie Duttenhefer were all members of the relay. Ziegler also helped the 4x400 team with a first place finish (4:12.52).