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It's all on the line for 9C thinclads

District 9C Meet marks the beginning of track's postseason


Last updated 5/11/2021 at 9:12am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Chinook's Toby Niederegger goes over the high jump bar during last month's Cal Wearley Invitational. All area teams are back at the Havre Middle School Track for the District 9C Meet, which gets underway Wednesday at 10 a.m.

There's one last track meet at the Havre Middle School Track, and it's a big one.

The District 9C track meet will begin the postseason for 9C teams. All eight teams in the conference will compete this weekend: Fort Benton, North Star, Chinook, Turner, Big Sandy, Box Elder, Chester-Joplin-Inverness and Hays Lodge Pole. Out of all the teams, Fort Benton should have the advantage going into the meet.

"The two Fort Benton teams are definitely the favorites to bring home the district championships. It seems like they have won every track meet all year," said North Star head coach Brian Campbell. "Well coached and well disciplined teams."

Several Longhorns will be looking for strong finishes this week. William Ullery looks to continue his strong season in the sprints. He has won the 100-meter sprint four times this season, including three straight wins in the event. He has also won the 200 seven times in the eight times he has competed in the event.

Nick Marias looks to continue to dominate the long jump as he has won the event all eight times he has competed in the event this season. Colter Ball looks for his seventh win in the javelin this season. Hayden Diekhans searches for his fourth win in the triple jump and Jace Thompson will compete for his seventh win in the pole vault.

The boys relay teams for Fort Benton should have another strong showing this week. Their 400 relay team has won their event four times this season and placed third twice. Their 1,600 relay team also has four wins with one second-place finish.

Fort Benton will also have many strong competitors on their girls team. Aspen Giese will compete in the long jump which she has placed first in five times this season. Abby Clark will look for another win in the 100-meter hurdle, 300-meter hurdle and high jump.

North Star will be represented by Laynie Sattoriva, who has had a strong showing in the 400, 800 and pole vault this season. On their boys team, Colton Spicher will compete for his second straight win in the 100-meter hurdle. In both the long jump and triple jump, Garrett Spicher will compete for his second straight win.

On Chinook's girls team, Anna Terry will compete for her fifth win in the 3,200 this season. Chinook's Toby Niederegger will compete in the high jump, which he has won four times this season, where he will face Fort Benton's Marias.

"I would not take my eyes off the boys high jump as we have two athletes that have already qualified for state in Nick Marias and Toby Niederegger," Campbell said.

While Turner has a small team, they have some athletes that should have strong showings. Shyan Krass looks to continue her strong season in the 3,200 and discus while Dakota Krass will compete in the 800 and shot put. Turner's 1,600 girls team is also coming off a second-place finish at the Jason Groseclose Memorial.

Big Sandy also has some athletes. Kody Strutz is coming off wins in the 100, 200 and 400 in his last meet while Eva Wagoner will compete for her first win in the girls 300-meter hurdle after placing in the top three in three straight meets.

The other 9C schools should have strong showings at some events. Box Elder's 400 girls relay team is coming off a first-place finish in the Jason Groseclose Memorial meet. The CJI boys 1,600 relay team is also coming off a first-place finish in that meet. Daniel Henry of Hays-Lodge Pole will also search for his third win in the 3,200 this season.

With this being the first meet of the postseason, every team and athlete will have to compete their hardest in order to advance in the postseason and stay alive for conference and state titles.

"Every meet now is important. You cannot compete in the next meet if you do not qualify this meet," Campbell said. "This is the meet that you start seeing the teams come together for the goal of bringing home trophies. Honestly, I think this is the most enjoyable meet of the year."

The District 9C track meet will begin at 10 a.m. this Wednesday at Havre Middle School.


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