Valley City High School track and field coach Trevor Bakalar said the state meet in Bismarck over the weekend was full of ups and downs for his teams.
Although there was a bit of disappointment — namely, the Hi-Liners’ 4x100 and 4x200 girls relay teams and senior sprinter Molly Willson missing the finals — there was also the delight that three seniors got from placing in their final season.
Pole vaulter Paul Viland, the only member of the boys team to make the trip, and girls javelin thrower Jenna Coghlan each took fourth place in their event. Sprinter Jenna Jacob also placed individually for the the first time in her career, taking sixth in the 100 meter dash.
“That was really good way for those seniors to finish off their careers,” Bakalar said.
The team seemed poised to do well based on Friday alone, when Viland and Coghlan had their events.
Viland finished his career with a personal best vault of 13 feet, only three inches shy of the school record and a top three finish.
In the javelin, Coghlan didn’t show any signs of fatigue, despite having played in an Eastern Dakota Conference softball tournament game the night before in Fargo.
She put together a top throw of 112-1, the best of any EDC athlete at the meet, but five feet short of the top three.
“I knew there were going to be a lot of tough girls from out west,” Coghlan said. “I still got number one in the EDC, which I’m happy about.”
Bakalar said the key for her was being relaxed, despite the state environment.
“She never felt any pressure,” he said.
The team didn’t have the same luck with its sprinters.
Willson, who was the quickest sprinter on the team for most of the season, missed the finals in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes by narrow margins.
“It was a little disappointing for her,” Bakalar said, noting she struggled recently with an injury.
Willson and Jacob were also part of relay teams that also narrowly missed the finals.
Bakalar said the relay teams put up times similar to what they had been throughout the season and was pleased with the effort.
“I really thought we would make it just the way we had been running,” he said.
Jacob also missed qualifying in the 200, but made the 100.
She was Valley City’s only representative in Saturday events and finished sixth in the 100. It was the only time she’s placed individually at a state meet, Bakalar said.
Local state championship meet results
Friday and Saturday
*Denotes a placer
*Pole Vault, 4th (13-0)
*Javelin, 4th (112-11)
*100 dash, 6th (13.02)
200 dash, 10th (27.39)
100 dash, 13th (13.4)
200 dash, 12th (27.59)
1,600 run, 18th
Jacob, Brienne Roehrich, Abby Brown, Willson
4x100 relay, 10th
Jacob, Becca Mundfrom, Bekah Peterson, Willson
4x200 relay, 11th
Barnes Co. North
100 dash, 17th (12.02)
200 dash, 20th (24.28)
1,600 run, 12th
*3,200 run, 4th
*100 hurdles, 8th
Long jump, 16th
*Triple jump, 8th
1,600 run, 13th
3,200 run, 9th
Enderlin/ Maple Valley
High jump, 9th (5-10)
Levi Berntson, Michael Dominquez, Daniel Lindgren, Ryan Larson
4x800 relay, 10th
*Shot put, 2nd (40-10)
Javelin, 19th (98-7)
3,200 run, 18th, (12:53.73)
*Triple jump, 6th (34-1)
Alayna Jordahl, Katrina Hoaff,Mackenzie Bickford, Cochrane
4x100 relay, 18th
Maddie Riddle, Witt, Talitha Hirschkorn, Cochrane