Top athletes in the state compete at one of the most anticipated state track meets in history(WDAY Sports) - One of the most anticipated state track meets in history got underway today in Bismarck as the best athletes in the state had to battle the heat and the wind. WDAY 6's Trevor Peterson did the same and has more from the capital city.
The hottest weather in years at the state track and field meet at Bismarck meant plenty of records being broken and also plenty of surprises. One of those surprises came in the A boys 1600 as West Fargo's Jamison Gehrig, who came in with just the 7th fastest time, finished second behind Bismarck's Brandon Barnes.
Another huge surprise came in the B boy’s javelin as Lisbon's Adam Coykendall, who came in with just the 11th best throw in the state, threw a state best 192 feet 2 inches to win. Eclipsing his own personal best by more than 15 feet.
“This whole season I’ve kind of been below the radar. I knew I was capable of throwing at least this far, but I wasn't able to get it all together until just now.”
Coykendall wasn't the only winner from Lisbon today. In the B girl’s high jump, senior Callie Olson cleared 5'4 to claim her second state high jump title. Because of a knee injury, Olson had been jumping off her opposite leg for the entire outdoor season. Today was the first day she went back to left leg jumping again.
“It went pretty well, so I feel pretty great about today. When I was a sophomore it was more of a surprise, it was never really a goal. It's been my goal all this year and it feels great to finally have this title back.”
Sergeant County's Jamie Grevlow tossed the javelin 128 feet 4 inches to claim the B girls title in that event. And South junior Brock Larsen won his second consecutive A boys pole vaulting championship, clearing 15 feet.
“Last year I was kind of thinking that I'd place good, but I didn't think I'd win it. This year was great. It feels good to do it again.”
Trev also tells us that South standout Laura Roesler lost in the 100 meter prelims by three one-thousandths of a second, her first loss since 2005 and Wahpeton's Ryan Smith set the state record in the 200 and finished 2nd!