Hi-Liner Track & Field Improving by Leaps and Bounds

Friday’s Eastern Dakota Conference Indoor Championships at North Dakota State were a promising display of Hi-Liner athleticism.

“Setting 12 new personal records at the EDC Indoor was a reputable way to end the indoor season,” Hi-Liner head coach Trevor Bakalar said.

“Bekah Peterson had another good meet and continues to look strong as we move to our outdoor season. Bekah placed fifth in her first 400m run of the season and set a new personal record with a time of 1:08.22. In the Triple Jump her distance of 31 feet, 3.5 inches placed her seventh.”

“Jumpers Grace Ihry and Ellie Winter are starting to come into form as they both set new personal records in the Long Jump. Grace jumped 13 feet, 8.25 inches to lead the way for the Hi-Liners and Ellie was not far behind with a jump of 13 feet, 4.5 inches. Both girls have made a nice addition to the jumping squad after a two-year layoff.”

“Tabatha Branam set a new personal record in the Shot Put with a distance of 24 feet, 0.5 inches. Tabatha had a late start to her season, so this is good news to see her performing well early.”

“Miranda Wittenberg, in her second Pole Vault competition, cleared a height of 6 feet, 3 inches. Miranda, in her first year pole vaulting, has shown much improvement over the past few weeks and looks to continue to do so during the outdoor season.”

Notable Performers
Jamie Ronning, 200 (New personal record)
Deanna Schneider, 400 (New personal record)


“John Halgrimson was the only placer for the boys team as he placed eighth in the 200 with a time of 24.25 seconds,” Bakalar said. “John led the boys team sprint and throwing squads by setting new personal records in the 60 with a time of 7.49 seconds, and Shot Put with a distance of 40 feet, 5 inches. John’s distance of 18 feet, 9.75 inches in the Long Jump placed him 10th overall.”

“Eli Allen jumped well in the Long Jump with a performance of 17 feet, 2 inches. Eli has only recently began jumping, so his performance sets a good mark for him to try and improve on during the outdoor season.”

“Gabe Brown also continues to improve with his jumping performances as he set a new personal record for the second straight meet with a distance of 16 feet, 9.5 inches.”

Notable performers
Jack Jenson, 60 (New personal record)
Dustin Lindgren, 60 (New personal record)
Erik Milender, 60 (New personal record)

Valley City enters the outdoor season next, where the athlete’s performances count toward qualifying for the May 22-23 State Meet in Bismarck, N.D, The home meets set for April 8 and April 10 are cancelled due to weather, so April 15 in Carrington, N.D. is the new outdoor opener.