CLASS A GIRLS: Ennen ends it right
May 23, 2008 - 23:39:33 CDT
By CINDY PETERSON
Century senior Nicole Ennen, along with everybody else, probably cursed Friday's heavy winds.
Ennen prefers to throw the discus with little or no wind.
Friday's conditions weren't to Ennen's liking, but she still came away with a first-place finish at the Class A state track and field meet.
Ennen defended her crown with a throw of 134-6 in wind gusts of about 40 mph at the Community Bowl.
She helped lead Century to the second-place spot after five events were scored. Minot leads with 36 points, Bismarck is in third with 33 and defending champ Fargo South fourth with 23. The meet wraps up today.
"You just have to deal with the conditions, and you get whatever comes" said Ennen, who will throw for the University of Montana next school year. "This spring has been very windy. It's always nice to end on a high note. It didn't go the way I wanted it to because of the wind. I didn't PR, but I'll definitely take this."
Ennen led after prelims and recorded her throw of 134-6 on her first attempt in the finals.
She came about 5 feet short of setting a personal record.
Teammates Beth Gordon and Hollie Wilz placed third and fourth, with throws of 123-0 and 122-9, respectively.
"We hope for, ‘Let's do our personal best, and the awards will sift out the way that they should,'" Ennen said.
Bismarck's Shannon Schmidt was sandwiched between Ennen and Gordon in second place with a throw of 126-10.
The wind played to Schmidt's liking.
"I like a headwind," said Schmidt, a senior. "For me, I just wanted to go out and take advantage of the wind. You have to keep it low. If you don't, you don't know where the wind is going to take it."
Minot racked up 29 points in the distance events to take the first-day lead.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Brecca Wahlund, Kelsey Beck, Stephanie Greer and Melanie Funke defended Minot's title in a time of 9:29.79.
Minot scored 19 points in the 1,600 run with a 2-3-4 finish from Funke, Greer and Wahlund, respectively.
Funke, who won the event two of the past three years, was bested by West Fargo eighth-grader Alissa Mears.
Mears covered the track in a time of 5:14.50 and Funke finished in 5:16.20.
"I was worried that the girl who led the whole way (Wahlund) was trying to wear me down so the defending champ (Funke) would beat me," said Mears, who placed in the 3,200 at last year's state meet, "but I was able to stay up there. The wind doesn't affect me. I wasn't worried about drafting off other people."
Mears said she didn't feel secure until the race was finished. Funke overpowered Mears in the final 200 meters in a race earlier this season.
"I was scared," Mears said. "I thought that she might have that extra kick that I didn't."
Katie Dockter helped get Fargo South off to a strong start by defending her title in the long jump.
The sophomore won with a leap of 19-0½. Century's Mikaela Hirst finished as the runner-up with a mark of
Kari Novotny scored all of Grand Forks Central's 10 points with a first in the pole vault with a mark of 11-0.
Fargo South Laura Roesler claimed the top seed in three events during
Friday's preliminaries - 100 (11.90), 200 (24.75) and 400 (55.70). She's seeded No. 1 in the 800 (2:05.68).
Emily Grooters of West Fargo picked up the top times in the 100 hurdles (14.79) and 300 hurdles (44.23).
CENTURY TRACK: Ennen signs with Montana
Apr 19, 2008 - 08:05:07 CDT
By Tribune Sports Staff
MISSOULA, Mont. - Nicole Ennen, a state champion discus thrower at Century High School, has signed a University of Montana letter of intent.
Ennen, a senior, is the defending Class A state discus champion. She placed 10th in the shot put as a junior.
Her personal bests are 139 feet, 2 inches in the discus and 37-0Â½ in the shot put.
She has the best discus mark in North Dakota this season at 139-2.
Montana women's track coach Tom Raunig said Ennen will give the Grizzlies depth in discus and shot put, and that she should be able to pick up the hammer and weight throw quickly.
"Nicole is going to give us some much-needed depth in the throws," Raunig said. "She is a good athlete who also played volleyball. ... We think that athletic ability will allow her to continue to improve. ... She comes out of a high school that is known for producing good throwers and is an outstanding student."
Ennen follows former Century teammate Abbey Effertz, a Montana junior, to Missoula.
A4.0 student in the classroom, Ennen's academic interests are in sociology and psychology.
CENTURY TRACK: Ennen's expectations
Apr 03, 2008 - 04:06:07 CDT
Nicole Ennen won her first state track and field championship last spring, but she said it was less than a dazzling experience.
"I was just trying to stay warm," she said as she looked back on her victory in the discus under wet, cold and windy conditions at the BismarckCommunity Bowl.
Ennen, seeded second, sailed the disc 137-7 on her first effort of the meet, a toss no one was able to better.
Naturally Ennen, now a senior, wants to repeat as a champion. She knows she has more than 137-7 in her.
"My goal was 140 at state but it didn't happen," Ennen said. "My personal best was 138."
Her ambitions for the discus are much greater this spring, and she's eager to get started. Century has run three indoor meets thus far, so she's been restricted to the shot put. Until the Patriots get outdoors, she's unable to compete in her favorite event.
"I've been waiting for this season and I'm really excited. ... This week we have our first outdoor meet and Ihope it doesn't get canceled," Ennen said.
It appears Century's first full-scale outdoor meet will be the Coca-Cola meet on Saturday inDickinson. From that point on, it's her goal to keep adding distance week-by-week until the state meet.
"My goal is to add quite a bit of distance, because I'm not thinking people will throw the same (as last spring)," Ennen said. "... Iwant to hit 150 this year."
Ennen is one of four discus placers returning from last year's state meet. The others are junior Rajean Witt-Thomas and senior Katie Johnson of Fargo North and junior Kelci Feland of Minot. Witt-Thomas and Johnson placed fifth and eighth, respectively, and Feland finished seventh.
There's another factor of whom Ennen is well aware. She expects teammate Beth Gordon, a junior who missed last season due to knee surgery, to be a major factor this spring. Gordon qualified for the state meet in the discus as a freshman.
"Beth Gordon is amazing in the shot put and discus," Ennen said. "She hurt herself last year. Now she's back and she is amazing considering how long she missed."
Other throwers in the Century camp who qualified last season are seniors Kristi Backman and Hollie Wilz.
Backman and Ennen placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the shot put at the state meet last year and Wilz was 11th in the discus. In 2006, Ennen and Gordon were ninth and 10th, respectively, in the discus.
Ennen said she's grown accustomed to practicing with excellent throwers all around her.
"I remember when I was a freshman I was kind of intimidated," she said. "We had Whitney Ledger, Erika Schroeder, AbbeyEffertz, Steph Miller and ChristenJackson. It was amazing to see them all (throwing) at that level. It was really cool to have them as role models."
Schroeder, Ledger, Miller, Jackson and Effertz went 1-3-4-5-6 in the discus at the 2005 state meet and Effertz, Schroeder and Ledger placed 1-2-4 in the shot.
Now, Ennen finds herself in the position those role models filled three years ago. "I notice it most at practice,"she said. "When there's no one to start warmups it's the responsibility of me and the other seniors, so it's different but really fun."
There was little doubt Ennen would be involved in athletics from day one.
The daughter of two high school throwers, Dan Ennen and the former Becky Knoll, Ennen dived into sports before she was in elementary school. First there was soccer. Softball, volleyball and basketball soon followed.
But when she picked up a discus for the first time in the city track meet as a fifth grader, all bets were off.
"That was enough to get me hooked,"she said. "Iknew I wanted to be a thrower from the start. Idid try a couple of other events in the fifth- and sixth-grade meet, but the discus has always been the thing I liked the most."
She got more deeply involved in the throwing events at Horizon Middle School and by the time she reached Century, the other sports had become secondary.
"It was tough giving up soccer because I'd played it for God knows how long, but I was more interested in track so Imade the sacrifice," she said.
Ennen threw 35-2 in the shot at last year's state meet, a couple of feet short of her personal best. Placing in two events this spring definitely seems within her reach.
"I would like to be a double placer ... I'm focusing really on the discus, but I'd like to improve in the shot, as well,"she said.
Ennen said the shot put and discus are completely different events that are similar in appearance only. At 5-foot-11, she said she's best suited to the discus.
"The discus has always been the thing Iliked the most. It's different from the shot put," she said. "I can use my body more. Ihave long arms and the discus is more dependent on technique and form than how strong you are."
Ennen may be a defending champion as she heads into her final season of high school athletics, but she said she's not aiming exclusively at the state meet. "A perfect spring would be maybe a personal record at about half the outdoor meets in both my events," she said. "My emphasis is more on meeting my goals."
If she does that, as the saying goes, the rest will take care of itself.
BHS stands out at indoor meet
Mar 11, 2008 - 04:05:08 CDT
By STEVE THOMAS
Paint the Marauder Class A All-City Track Meet maroon.
Bismarck High athletes stood above the crowd in both the boys and girls divisions. Cory Ploof won twice for the Demon boys, who won six of 12 events at the Leach Field House at the University of Mary. Chelsey Yantzer and Megan Meyer doubled up for the BHS girls, who took nine firsts.
Still, Bismarck High co-boys coach Dave Zittleman wasn't taking it all very seriously. Zittleman, who shares coaching duties with Darrell Anderson, is never averse to seeing his athletes perform well, but he's not basing a lot of decisions on what happned Monday, either.
"You never know what to expect," he said of what is traditionally the season-opening meet. "You know your experienced kids have been there before and they'll be prepared - but this is a meet for the younger kids. They can get their feet wet and see what it's all about."
Ploof, a state runner-up last spring in the 100, knew what it was all about. He won the 200 in 23.55 and the long jump with a leap of 20-3. Plus, he finished second in an oh-so-close 55-meter dash. Just four-hundreths of a second separated the top four finishers in the boys' 55 with John Welk of St. Mary's winning in :06.38.
"The 55 dash was as good as it's been in awhile," Zittleman said. "It was really competitive and the times were really good."
Likewise, the high jump, where Century's Dane Vanderpan and Karl Effertz went 1-2, caught Zittleman's eye. "Six-five and six-four early in the season. You just don't see that," he noted.
Zittleman said Monday's meet was almost the equivalent of the first full practice for the four competing teams. "No one has a (indoor track) facility. This is the first time our kids have touched sand," he said. "This is the earliest we've ever had this meet. - We've usually had two weeks practice. - This allows our kids to do a couple of events and see where they're at."
Boys event winners in addition to Ploof, Welk and Vanderpan were Jason Buchscherer of BHS in the 400, Brandon Barnes of BHS in the 800, Joash Osoro of St. Mary's in the 1,600, Zach Christmann of BHS in the 55 hurdles, Grant Horntvedt of BHS in the pole vault, Effertz in the triple jump and Tyler Fleckenstein of Century in the shot put. Century won the 1,600 relay.
Yantzer took first in the 55 hurdles and long jump and Meyer led the way in the pole vault and 200 for the Bismarck High girls. Other individual winners included Lexi Eli of Century in the 55, Hannah Jeske of Century in the 400, Alexa Wachter of BHS in the 800, Taylor Pintar of BHS in the 1,600, Amanda Bennes of BHS in the high jump, Mikaela Hirst of Century in the triple jump and Carman Swenson of Bismarck in the shot put. Bismarck won the 1,600 relay.
The next outing for the four local schools is the Western Dakota Association indoor meet a week from today at the Minot State Dome.
55: 1. John Welk, SM, 6.38. 2. Cory Ploof, Bis., 6.39. 3. Jason Duchscherer, Bis., 6.40. 4. Jordan Oja, SM, 6.41. 5. Channing Mann, Bis., 6.42. 6. Dane Vanderpan, Cen., 6.77.
200: 1. Cory Ploof, Bis., 23.55. 2. Jordan Oja, SM, 24.02. 3. John Welk, SM, 24.22. 4. Channing Mann, Bis., 24.87. 5. Johnny Marquez, Bis., 24.94. 6. Tyler Todd, Bis., 24.97.
400: 1. Jason Duchscherer, Bis., 53.22. 2. Kole Seiler, Cenb., 53.74. 3. Mitch Ohlhauser, Cen., 56.07. 4. Johnny Marquez, Bis., 56.47. 5. Carl Sheldon, Bis., 58.95. 6. Tanner Coyle, Man., 58.96.
800: 1. Brandon Barnes, Bis., 2:08.62. 2. Cole Kroshus, Cen., 2:08.72. John Roller, SM, 2:10.61. 4. Mark Hovland, Bis., 2:11.89. 5. Lucas Degree, Bis., 2:12.39. 6. Pat Bair, Man., 2:12.81.
1,600: 1. Joash Osoro, SM, 4:41.76. 2. Devin Huizenga, Bis., 4:45.68. 3. Jake Martel, Bis., 4:49.76. 4. Brent Flaa, Man., 4:55.13. 5. Brett Kelly, Cen., 4:56.92. 6. Josh Hintz, Bis., 4:58.27.
1,600 relay: 1. Century (Kole Seiler, Matt Woehl, Broderick Neameyer, Jordan Davis), 3:46.83. 2. Bismarck, 3:56.76. 3. Mandan, 4:00.95.
55 hurdles: 1. Zach Christmann, Bis., 8.32. 2. Jordan Davis, Cen., 8.61. 3. Broderick Neameyer, Cen., 8.70. 4. Eric Koppy, Man., 9.25. 5. Mike Zastoupil, Cen., 9.25.
High jump: 1. Dane Vanderpan, Cen., 6-5. 2. Karl Effertz, Cen., 6-4. 3. (tie) Kyle Knutson, Cen., and Matthew Woehl, Cen., Bloth 5-8. 5. Channing Mann, Bis., 5-6. 6. Matt Kessler, Bis., 5-6.
Pole vault: 1. Grant Horntvedt, Bis., 12-0. 2. Alex Koppy, Man., 10-6. 3. Jordan Buechler, Cent., 10-0. 4. Joe Leard, Cen., 10-0.
Long jump: 1. Cory Ploof, Bis., 20-3. 2. Ryan King, Bis., 19-7. 3. Josh Pape, SM, 19-4Â½. 4. Jake Glass, Cen., 18-11Â½. 5. Davis Beattie, Bis., 18-3Â½. 6. Andrew Carmen, Bis., 17-10.
Triple jump: 1. Karl Effertz, Cen., 39-7. 2. Dan Faris, Bis., 39-6Â¼. 3. Grant Horntvedt, Bis., 39-2Â¼. 4. Davis Beattie, Bis., 39-0Â¼. 5. Jake Glass, Cen., 38-1Â½. 6. Jordan Davis, Cen., 37-6.
Shot put: 1. Tyler Fleckenstein, Cen., 54-7. 2. Ryan Geisinger, Bis., 48-1. 3. Ryan Meidinger, Cen., 44-10. 4. Darren Radke, Bis., 44-7. 5. Alex Granfor, Bis., 44-3. 6. Tyler Bradley, Bis., 42-11.
55: 1. Lexi Ely, Cen., 7.55. 2. Megan Meyer, Bis., 7.58. 3. Amanda Bennes, Bis., 7.59. 4. Sharon Boots, Cen., 7.62. 5. Heidi Jundt, Bis., 7.63. 6. Ellecia Rainwater, SM, 7.83.
200: 1. Megan Meyer, Bis., 27.58. 2. Chelsey Yantzer, Bis., 28.13. 3. Katelyn Friedt, Bis., 28.83. 4. Ann Govig, Cen., 29.14. 5. Alicia Zook, Man, 29.31. 6. Janci Eisenbraun, SM, 29.49.
400: 1. Hannah Jeske, Cen., 1:06.6. 2. Nicole McCrory, Bis., 1:06.78. 3. Tristen Bentz, Cen., 1:07.60. 4. Alicia Zook, Man., 1:07.62. 5. Jessie Steinwand, Cen., 1:07.76. 6. Lexi Ely, Cen., 1:08.1.
800: 1. Alexa Wachter, Bis., 2:27.99. 2. Markie Henry, Cen., 2:34.2. 3. Amanda Love, Bis., 2:38.45. 4. Amy Faller, Bis., 2:39.l. Tana Grenz, Cen., 2:42.59. 6. Taylor Hovland, Cen., 2:44.95,
1,600: 1. Taylor Pintar, Bis., 5:43.4. 2. Brooklyn Beehler, Bis., 5:44.93. 3. Lindsay Achtenberg, Bis., 5:46.36. 4. Andrea Markwart, Cen., 5:47.68. 5. Alana Fischer, SM, 5:48.06. 6. Melissa Uhrich, Cen., 5:55.1.
1,600 relay: 1. Bismarck (Brooklyn Beehler, Lindsay Achtenberg, Nicole McCrory, Alexa Wachter), 4:32.17.
55 hurdles: 1. Chelsey Yantzer, Bis., 9.47. 2. Mikaela Hirst, Cen., 9.78. 3. Amy Venjohn, SM, 9,94. 4. Dani Taylor, Man., 9.98. 5. Tonya Hepper, Man., 10.11. 6. Jessica Nelson, Cen., 10.54.
High jump: 1. Amanda Bennes, Bis., 5-2. 2. Anne Govig, Cen., 4-11. 3. Jordan Hahn, Cen., 4-11. 4. Anna Hruby, Bis., 4-9. 5. (tie) Alexis Jacobs, Cen., and Dani Schmautz, Man., both 4-7.
Pole vault: 1. Megan Meyer, Bis., 10-6. 2. (tie) Paige Perry, Bis., and Jessica Rosborough, Bis., both 7-0. 4. Ashlee Laubner, Man., 7-0. 5. Melissa Wiege, Bis., 7-0. 6. Carley Faiman, Man., 7-0.
Long jump: 1. Chelsey Yantzer, Bis., 16-1Â¼. 2. Mikaela Hirst, Cen., 15-9Â½. 3. Hannah Jeske, Cen., 15-5. 4. Brittany Beehler, Man., 15-3Â½. 5. Amanda Bennes, Bis., 14-10Â½. 6. Sharon Boots, Cen., 14-9Â½.
Triple jump: 1. Mikaela Hirst, Cen., 33-4. 2. Jen Dunn, Bis., 31-8Â½. 3. Chelsey Yantzer, Bis., 31-5Â½. 4. Hannah Jeske, Cen., 31-2Â½. 5. Jessica Nelson, Cen.,, 29-6Â½. 6. Libby Olson, Cen., 29-2Â½.
Shot put: 1. Carman Swenson, Bis., 34-1. 2. Kristi Backman, Cen., 34-0. 3. Hollie Wiz, Cen, 32-6. 4. Nicole Ennen, Cen., 31-8. 5. Angie Houser, Cen., 31-1. 6. Elizabeth Brick, Man., 30-10.
Patriots hit field events
May 26, 2007 - 04:07:57 CDT
By CINDY PETERSON
Century's Britney Daniel got her glory for winning a state title in the pole vault Friday at the Class A state track and field meet.
While Daniel stood on the award stand and got recognized in front of a large crowd, teammate Nicole Ennen had to wait a little longer to be honored.
Daniel captured a title in the pole vault with a jump of 10-6 at the Community Bowl. Ennen threw the discus 137-7, edging out teammate Stephanie Miller's mark of 133-5.
But Ennen had to wait until today to be recognized. The Class A girls discus finished just before the rain hit, calling an early end to the day's proceedings.
After waiting until 4:30 p.m. the final field event of the day to throw, Ennen hit her winning mark on her first throw.
"Ihad all day to get more nervous,"said Ennen, a junior. "I needed to get a good one out there to start with. I was trying to build on that."
Athletes competed in wind gusts of about 40 mph.
"I tried not to let the wind affect the way I threw,"Ennen said. "I just tried to get it out there."
Daniel described Friday's conditions as less than ideal for a pole vaulter.
"The wind can pull the top of your pole and put you in a direction you don't want to be in,"the senior said. "But we practiced all week in the wind."
Daniel nailed 10-6 on her first attempt in the finals. She vaulted 11-0Â½ at the West Region meet last weekend.
Favored Fargo South put itself in a position to win the meet. The Bruins racked up 56Â½ points on Friday after six completed events.
Minot is sitting in second with 42 points. Century is in third with 38, Bismarck fourth with 222/3 and Dickinson fifth with 141/3.
South picked up 26 points in the long jump. Katie Dockter placed first with a leap of 18-1Â½. Leslie Olson was second (18-1Â½), Samantha Prigge third (17-11Â¼) and Emily Roesler seventh (16-11). The prelims of the long jump were made final because of the weather.
South got big bonus points when freshman Greta Zietz unseated three-time defending champ Katelyn Steffan of Dickinson in the high jump.
Zietz entered the meet tied for the seventh seed (5-1) with seven other jumpers. Zietz improved four inches to win with a jump of 5-5. Steffan placed second at 5-4.
"My first couple of jumps were rough, but I built up energy and anger," Zietz said. "It's a great accomplishment. Ijumped for joy after I did it."
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The Bruins are in a good position for today's finals. Laura Roesler finished first in the 100, 200 and 400 in Friday's prelims. She also brings in the top seed in the 800. Roesler won all four events last year.
Katie Dockter is seeded No. 1 in the triple jump.
Minot picked up 24 points in the 1,600-meter run. Melanie Funke won her second title in the event with a time of 5:16.63. Stephanie Greer placed second (5:19.77) and Brecca Wahlund third (5:22.38).
Funke won the 1,600 as a freshman and lost last season to Jamestown's Katie Conlon.
"To win ... that was my agenda,"Funke said. "I wanted it bad. After last year I had a bad taste in my mouth, and I wanted to get rid of it."
Funke also led off the winning 3,200 relay. She teamed with Tari Helmers, Vittoria Poole and Stephanie Greer to clock a time of 9:48.22.
Minot dominated the event all season. Funke and her teammates knew the elements made it a challenge to break a record.
"With the weather it wasn't conducive," Helmers said. "The state championship was our main goal."
Bismarck made a step in defending its state team crown. Kelsey Reimnitz is seeded behind Roesler in the 100, 200 and 400. Eliza Neigum is seeded No. 1 in the shot put.
Schroeder takes one final shot
Fear not, ye throwers that are underclassmen - there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
At long last, Century star Erika Schroeder is finally a senior.
But don't expect Schroeder to go out with a whimper. As one of the most decorated throwers in state history, Schroeder is poised for a phenomenal senior season.
"I'm excited to graduate, but I'm still trying to get (personal bests) and some more distance in my throws," Schroeder said. "I definitely want to get a couple more state titles."
Schroeder first hit the varsity scene as a seventh-grader, and qualified for her first state meet as an eighth-grader in 2002 - when she took second in the discus.
Since then, Schroeder has won three state discus titles in a row and solidified her spot as one of the state's all-time greats.
Schroeder will be trying to become the first to win four straight state discus titles since Grand Forks Central's Dani Parkos pulled off the feat from 1989-92.
"If you've ever heard the expression 'coach's dream,' she definitely fits those parameters," CHSthrowing coach Mark Murdock said. "She has a lot of ability, and she has the desire to work hard.
"She came to us as a seventh-grader and threw well right away. She's just continued to get better."
Stepping into varsity practice in the vaunted Century throwing program could be daunting for any seventh-grader, but Schroeder wasn't as intimidated as one might think.
The senior said that when she first got involved with the CHS throwers, she was welcomed as one of the gang immediately.
"The people here were amazing," Schroeder said. "Immediately, it was like I was part of the family."
Under Murdock, that family has been quite the force to be reckoned with.
Behind Schroeder and the rest of the Century throwers, the Patriots claimed their second state title last year.
Century scored 109 points - getting 59 points in the three throwing events alone.
Having that kind of top-notch competition at practice every day is what has helped turned the Century throwers into a powerhouse.
"It's been extremely important to have that (depth) in the program,"Murdock said. "That's when everybody can see what it takes to be a champion and understand the work it takes to get there."
Murdock said that Schroeder stepped in and started working to become one of the top prep throwers in the country immediately.
The senior is not a loud and boisterous personality, but her leadership by example is second to none, the coach said.
"She's one of those quiet competitors, that's for sure,"Murdock said. "You probably wouldn't know she's a multiple-time state champion by talking to her, but she definitely comes to compete."
While Schroeder has dominated the discus at the past three state meets, the shot put title has been a bit more elusive.
Schroeder was third in 2002, second in 2003, third in 2004 and second last year.
She had the top mark in the event going into the state meet each of the last two years, but was upended by teammate Abbey Effertz both times.
"It's been a little frustrating, but everybody has a bad day once in a while," Schroeder said with a laugh. "What can you do? You can't do much about it except try and do better the next time."
Schroeder already has the school record in the shot put at 46-8Â½, and her mark of 157-0 in the discus is second only to Effertz's mark of 158-11.
Schroeder said she's looking forward to competing in college at Virginia Tech, but there is still some work to do for the Patriots.
"I'm really excited about the chance to compete at that level, but I've got my senior season first,"Schroeder said. "This senior year has gone by fast, but I'm going to finish it giving the best I can."
All right. So maybe the rest of the state still has a couple of months to worry.
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Century, the defending state champion, had one winner on Monday - and it was no surprise that it came in a throwing event.
Senior Erika Schroeder easily won the shot put with a mark of 43-8, more than six feet ahead of the second-place finisher.
"Erika looked good, and that was a good performance considering she missed some practice because she's been sick,"Century coach Julie Stavn said. "She's a competitor, and she's worked hard in the offseason for this year."
Last year's state championship run was squarely on the shoulders of the throwers, and Stavn said that weekend was a good motivator entering this spring.
"The girls are enthusiastic and pumped for this season,"Stavn said. "It made believers out of these kids.
"The kids realize what can happen."