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Kindred's Odegaard breaks longest-standing state mark

BISMARCK -- Halley Odegaard did Saturday what no Class B girls track athlete had done in 19 years when she dumped Napoleon's Lora Schloss from the record books in the high jump.

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BISMARCK -- Halley Odegaard did Saturday what no Class B girls track athlete had done in 19 years when she dumped Napoleon's Lora Schloss from the record books in the high jump.

Odegaard, a Kindred sophomore, won her third straight state high jump title, then went for, and set, a state record with a jump of 5-9¼ at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

Schloss' record was the longest-standing in Class B girls track. Odegaard's effort gives her family two state records. Her brother and jumping coach, Brady, is the state's Class B triple jump record holder.

"I was trying to go for the record because I knew I could jump it," Odegaard said. "The first year I was here I said I could get that if I worked hard."

The record, however, didn't come without some anxious moments early. Odegaard missed her first two attempts at 5-1 before clearing the bar on her third try.

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"That was nerve wracking," she said.

Odegaard also won the triple jump with a leap of 37-2½. Odegaard's record was one of three to fall on the day.

Watford City freshman Christine Bruins ran a 2:16.05 in the 800 to best the old mark of 2:16.59 set by Richardton-Taylor's Brittany Messer in 2001. Bruins also won the 800 in 2:16.05.

Leeds-Maddock sophomore Krista Anderson bettered her one-year-old mark in the 3,200, posting a 10:47.02. That was nearly seven seconds better than the old mark.

"I felt a lot better. My legs felt so much better today," said Anderson, who finished a disappointing fifth Friday in the mile. "I was determined today. I seem to run better on a second day when I'm upset."

There was no upset in the team race where Carrington won for the fifth straight year. The Cardinals piled up 73 points to finish well in front of Leeds-Maddock with 48.

The Cardinals got 40 points from freshman Whitney Carlson, won won the long jump Friday, and followed that up with victories Saturday in the 200 (26.40), 400 (58.58) and 300 hurdles (44.37).

"That long jump, pulling that off after two scratches, and then the 300 hurdles. That's cool," Carlson said. "I just let everything go."

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Other winners Saturday were Bottineau's Kelsey Aide in the pole vault (10-6); Carrington's Adriana Friezen in the 100 hurdles (14.98); Harvey's Kayla Wolfe in the 100 (13.01); Wells County's Amanda Krahler in the javelin (131-6); Hazen in the 400 (51.05) and 800 relays (1:47.21); and Mohall-Sherwood in the 1,600 relay (4:06.15).

Kindred's Joan Halland was named girls coach of the year, and Messer of Richardton-Taylor was named senior athlete of the year.

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