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Fusion Win Eastern C Track Title


Jeffrey Scholia of the R&L Fusion, left, and Fairview's Pat Hardy battle in the 1600-meter relay run.

For the first time in the cooperative's history, the R&L Fusion captured the Eastern C divisional championship in boys track.

The Fusion won the meet in Sidney Thursday with 119 points. Fairview placed second with 89 and Savage earned third with 85 points.

"The kids worked hard," Fusion Coach Larry Sommerfeld said of the title.

One of the keys was the program's distance runners, who scored 47 points at the divisional meet. Sommerfeld credits distance "guru" Cesar Morales with the strong showing. "He does a great job of motivating them," Sommerfeld said. "They are an exceptional group of boys."

Jeffrey Scholia enjoyed an outstanding meet for the Fusion as the sophomore earned first in the long jump (20-9), first in the 100 (11.52) and first in the 200 (23.81).

Tim Wright, a senior, finished first in the 1600 (4.43.36) and 3200 (10.42.04). Sean Williams placed second in the 800 (2.10.04), third in the 1600 (4.49.78) and third in the 3200 (10.54.48). Ian Fatzinger, a senior, took fourth in the 800 (2.11.08) and 1600 (4.55.04).

Also placing for the Fusion boys were Casey Watson with second in the javelin (145-3), Kelvin Hill with fourth in the 400 (54.88) and Brock Miller with fourth in the 100 (11.84).

The Fusion's 1600-meter relay team consisting of Scholla, Fatzinger, Miller and Hill took first with a time of 3.38.06. The 400-meter relay of Scholia, Watson, Casey Cayer and Miller placed second in 45.42.

Fairview's boys used two first-place showings by Ben Hardy in their second-place team performance.

"We competed well. We can't complain," Fairview Coach Greg Hardy said. "I'm super proud of the team and the effort. Hopefully, everybody will PR at the state meet."

B. Hardy won divisional titles in the discus (152-3) and shot put (44-7). He placed third in the 200 (24.41) and fifth in the 100 (12.17).

Tanner Reynolds took second in the 400 (52.36) and second in the 100 (11.8).

Pat Hardy placed second in the discus (125-7). Taryn Candee earned third in the 300-meter hurdles (43.87), fifth in the long jump (18-8) and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.72). Mitchell Shaide took fourth in the triple jump (38-1) and Brett Andreasen was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (45.44). Also placing sixth for Fairview's boys were Shaide in the high jump, Parker Jensen in the javelin, Carson Cayko in the 300-meter hurdles and Jason Klein in the 800.

Fairview's 400-meter relay team of Candee, B. Hardy, Reynolds and Klein finished first in 45.35. The 1600-meter relay team featuring Reynolds, P. Hardy, Candee and Jon Lebsock placed second in 3.39.77.

Leading Savage's boys to a third-place team finish was Bryar Lange with a first in the 400 (51.36), second in the 200 (23.44), second in the long jump (20-7), second in the triple jump (41-0) and sixth in the 100 (12.18).

Paxton Miller earned first in the javelin (147-5), third in the pole vault (19-9), third in the shot put (40-7) and third in the long jump (19-9). Tucker Lien took second in the pole vault (11-6) and sixth in the 200 (25.17). Riley Hagler placed second in the shot put (41-10) and Tanner Lien placed fifth in the pole vault (10-0). Jared Stonehocker took sixth in the 3200 (11.59.21). The 1600-meter relay team of Tanner Lien, Tucker Lien, Miller and Hagler finished fifth (3.51.45).

MonDak won the girls title with 107 points. Circle placed second with 78 and Scobey took third with 72.

Other area boys qualifying for the Class C state meet included:

Bainville: Beau Hyatt finished second in the 1600 and 3200.

Culbertson: Adam Buxbaum earned first in the high jump (6-2), took third in the 200, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 200. Austin Pederson took fifth in the discus. The 400-meter relay team finished sixth.

Froid-Lake: Bailey Christoffersen placed third in the 800.

Area girls qualifying for the state meet included:

Bainville: Bonny Krodegal took second in the 1600, Elise Romo placed third in the 300-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay team finished sixth.

Brockton: Faith Longtree took fifth in the 800.

Culbertson: Tessa Larson placed third in the discus. Abby Ator took sixth in the shot put.

Fairview: Kelly Danielson finished first in the 3200 and fifth in the 1600, Amber Berry earned first in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 400, Bailee Vitt placed third in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the pole vault, Kassidy Schriver took fifth in the shot put and Courtney Seadeek was sixth in the 800. The 400-meter relay team of Vitt, Danielson, Laurel Erickson and Berry finished third, and the 1600-meter relay team of Vitt, Danielson, Erickson and Berry took fifth.

Savage's Soda Rice clears a height in the pole vault.

Froid-Lake: Mackenzie Dethman took second in the 800, second in the discus, fifth in the 400 and sixth in the triple jump. Paige Robertson finished second in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600. Tawnee Robertson took fourth in the 3200 and sixth in the 1600. Anistyn Young finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles. The 1600-meter relay team finished sixth.

Fusion: Rain Rehbein took second in the long jump and sixth in the 100, Shaye Johnston placed fourth in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump, Haley Olson finished third in the 3200 and the 400-meter relay team of Johnston, Ellie Smith, Togzhan Fazi and Rehbein placed fourth.

Savage: Brynn Salsbury was second in the shot put, fourth in the discus and fifth in the javelin. Lexi Joslin placed second in the pole vault. Soda Rice placed fourth in the pole vault, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. Kiana Miller was fourth in the shot put.


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