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GF Central's Elde, GF Red River's Arason secure multiple wins at East Region meet

West Fargo Sheyenne and Davies finish first in the boys and girls divisions.

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Grand Forks Central runner Carter Elde clears the final hurdle of the boys 300 meter hurdles event ahead of the pack during the N.D. East Region outdoor track and field meet held at Cushman Field in Grand Forks on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — It hasn’t been the best season to prepare for outdoor track and field, with flooding, howling winds and rain putting a damper on practice time throughout this spring. Despite the conditions, Grand Forks Central’s Carter Elde and Grand Forks Red River’s Logan Arason amassed quality efforts throughout the year and both were able to win multiple events on the big stage during Saturday’s East Region Meet at Cushman Field.

At the start of the season, both squads imagined a comfortable outdoor practice schedule at the location of Saturday’s meet but were offered time at the UND High Performance Center up to their first meet of the year.

“As the season progresses, you definitely get a feel for that tightening up in that last meter and you are able to push through,” Elde said following his 110m hurdle victory.

Before the 110m, Elde took first place in the 300m hurdle—his best race this season—and the 400m dash.

The senior's performance earned him Outstanding Senior Athlete honors and gave Central 30 points to their team total. His 30 individual points were more than Wahpeton, Shanley, Devils Lake, Valley City and Horace earned in the entire meet.

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The Knights were able to earn 73.5 points and fifth place honors with his effort. West Fargo Sheyenne finished first on the boys side, while Fargo Davies won the girls meet.

“I feel like we have just worked a lot this season on threshold training. Just pushing through when it hurts. I feel that is my biggest strength,” said Elde.

The 400m dash was the hardest-fought victory for Elde. With Fargo South’s Austin and Justin Zulu bearing down on the finish line, he was able to withstand the tightness in the last 50 meters and push out ahead.

“I didn’t want to get beat. I pushed through it and I think that helps a lot in the 400m is having that strength that gets added on from running those hurdles,” he said.

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Red River's Logan Arason competes in the boys javelin event as part of the N.D. East Region outdoor track and field meet held at Cushman Field in Grand Forks on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

While on the topic of strength, Red River's Arason was able to confidently pull in two field victories. He easily sealed the discus throw with a 160-foot toss and squeaked out the javelin by a fourth of an inch, with a 164-05 distance that finished just ahead of Wahpeton’s Ethan Manock’s 164-1 throw.

Looking back at the prep for this season, Arason has been at even more of a disadvantage. He is a tall and built athlete that takes up a lot of space with his booming throws. Being stricken to indoor practices to start the year was a challenge for him.

“It’s been a year to focus on technique. I mean, you can’t throw a javelin indoors, so focusing on the small things that make a bigger difference is been the mentality,” he said after his final throw of the day.

There have been some positives in Arason’s development thanks to the meticulous indoor work. He has been able to slow down his approach and look at the big picture when it comes to throwing.

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“It’s helped with my consistency. The past few years I haven’t been as consistent and this year I have been. It’s helped me with the smaller things that keep me in the range that I want to be in,” said Arason.

Arason also participated in the shot put, and while still a little uncomfortable for him, he was able to finish fourth and secure five points for the Roughriders, who would go on to finish third with 106.

Arason originally was not going to throw shot put this year over injury concerns, but in the end, he has enjoyed his development as a glider.

“I thought about quitting because it put a little bit of stress on my elbow, but I was convinced to come back as a glider instead of a spinner. I really like it, it’s been fun,” he said.

Supportive Schillers

Red River’s Tanner Schiller hit the tail end of the 3,200 relay hard, vying for a team record for the second straight year. Schiller; along with Dameon Zenawick, Hunter McHenry and Jonah Dafoe, were able to eclipse that record with a 7:55.41 heat, but were edged out of a first-place finish by a strong push from West Fargo.

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Red River relay runner Tanner Schiller hands off the baton to Roughriders anchor Jonah Dafoe, front left, during the boys 4x800 race as part of the N.D. East Region outdoor track and field event at Cushman Field in Grand Forks on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Then Schiller’s sister, Jocelyn, led off the girl's heat, rocketing out of the gates.

“(His race) was a really exciting race, they all ran really well,” she said. “It got us very excited and kind of set the table for us.”

In a poor season in regards to weather, the team of Schiller, Mya Mannausau, Campbell Dorsey and Morgan Hartze were able to string together consistent times and earn the first seed heading into this meet. On Saturday, light drops of rain here and there along with cold temperatures made for less than ideal conditions.

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“It’s so cold,” Hartze exclaimed immediately after crossing the finish line.

While that girl’s relay was the only team event the Roughriders would capture, Jocelyn would go on to win the 800m dash in front of her brother.

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Red River's Jocelyn Schiller leads the first leg of the girls 4x800 relay race during the N.D. East Region outdoor track and field meet held at Cushman Field in Grand Forks on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

“We’re really supportive of each other,” Tanner said. “I finally encouraged her to come out for cross country, we’ve been supporting each other like that for a while. I really enjoy watching her.”

Not only has Tanner been able to watch her this year, they also competed together in a relay earlier this month at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. They placed third in the 1,600m Co-ed relay.

Both Jocelyn’s wins earned her a spot on the All-EDC team and a dates at the state meet next weekend in Bismarck.

Boys team totals
West Fargo Sheyenne 177, Fargo Davies 133, GF Red River 106, West Fargo 77, GF Central 73.5, Fargo South 70.5, Fargo North 50, Wahpeton 26, Devils Lake 10, Shanley 9, Valley City 9

Top 8 individual individuals

100 — 1. Carson Hegerle, WF: 10.97; 2. Oscar White, WFS: 11.19; 3. Jackson Greff, FD: 11.21; 4. Ty Schlchting, WFS: 11.29; 5. Wyatt Mutzenberger, GFC: 11.29; 6. Payton McGregor, WF, 11.29; 7. John Gores, Shanley: 11.40; 8. Caleb Severson, GFRR: 11.41

200 — 1. Wyatt Mutzenberger, GFC: 22.40; 2. Carson Hegerle, WF: 22.58; 3. Oscar White, WFS: 22.93; 4. Jordan Edwards, FD: 23.17; 5. Austin Zulu, FS: 23.17; 6. Justin Zulu, FS: 23.20; 7. Ethan Raan, WFS: 23.24; 8. Austin Shape, VC: 23.28

400 — 1. Carter Elde, GFC: 49.96; 2. Austin Zulu, FS: 50.36; 3. Justin Zulu, FS: 50.91; 4. Tristan Quibell, FS: 51.03; 5. Jordan Edwards, FD: 52.11; 6. Gannon Brooks, GFRR: 52.23; 7. Nathaniel Fritel, FN: 52.38; 8. Deandrey Ansah, WFS: 52.50

800 — 1. Caeden Johnson, WFS: 1:56.51; 2. Quinn Roehl, GFC: 1:57.47; 3. Drew Remper, FD: 1:57.47; 4. Parker Nelson, WF: 1:59.99; 5. Regan Bosch, FD: 2:01.61; 6. Gabe Savgold, FN: 2:02.00; 7. Justin Smith, WF: 2:02.36; 8. Lane Dullum, WF: 2:03.88

1,600 — 1. Caeden Johnson, WFS: 4:16.26; 2. Aiden Johnson, WFS: 4:18.49; 3. Quinn Roehl, GFC: 4:18.80; 4. Owen Sondag, FN: 4:19.17; 5. Regan Bosch, FD: 4:26.79; 6. Dameon Zenawick, GFRR: 4:28.42; 7. Justin Smith, WF: 4:28.91; 8. Elijah Dafoe, GFRR: 4:29.37

3,200 — 1. Owen Sondag, FN: 9:24.92; 2. Hunter McHenry, GFRR: 9:26.05; 3. Aiden Johnson, WFS: 9:29.76; 4. Dameon Zenawick, GFRR: 9:44.56, 5. Jake Coulter, FD: 9:50.78; 6. Regan Bosch, FD: 10:01.69; 7. Lucas Menke, FD: 10:20.34; 8. Carter Ferber, WFS: 10:27.89

110 hurdles — 1. Carter Elde, GFC: 14.99; 2. Lukas Heydt, GFRR: 15.54; 3. Trey Knoke, FN: 15.56; 4. Steven Edwards, WF: 15.58, 5. Reis Kessel, FS: 15.72; 6. Carter Byron, GFRR: 15.73; 7. Isaac Burnbaum, WFS: 15.99; 8. Soren Kaster, WFS: 16.37

300 hurdles — 1. Carter Elde, GFC: 38.13; 2. Josh Beil, FD: 40.23; 3. Lukas Heydt: 40.52; 4. Isaac Birnbaum, WFS: 41.11; 5. Steven Edwards, WF: 41.25; 6. Soren Kaster, WFS: 42.52; 7. Will Lacher, Horace: 42.62; 8. Trey Knoke, FN: 42.81

400 relay — 1. West Fargo Sheyenne (Abel Gartel, Oscar White, Ethan Raan, Ty Schlichting) 43.46; 2. Red River 43.79; 3. Davies 43.91; 4. West Fargo 43.98; 5. Fargo South 44.81; 6. Fargo North 45.46; 7. Valley City 45.46; 8. Shanley 46.34

800 relay — 1. Fargo South (Aiden Bourke, Tristan Quibell, Justin Zulu, Austin Zulu) 1:29.41, 2. West Fargo Sheyenne 1:30.75; 3. Red River 1:31.25; 4. West Fargo 1:31.46; 5. Davies 1:31.46; 6. Fargo North 1:33.52; 7. Wahpeton 1:34.54; 8. Valley City 1:34.67

1,600 relay — 1. Fargo South (Justin Zulu, Tristan Quibell, Aiden Bourke, Austin Zulu) 3:27.08; 2. Grand Forks Central 3:29.44; 3. Davies 3:31.18; 4. West Fargo Sheyenne 3:32.26; 5. Red River 3:38.06; 6. Fargo North 3:39.07; 7. Devils Lake 3:39.66; 8. West Fargo 3:40.53

3,200 relay — West Fargo (Lincoln Retzlaff, Lane Dullum, Justin Smith, Parker Nelson) 7:55.22; 2. Red River 7:55.41; 3. Davies 8:18.37; 4. Fargo North 8:25.29, 5. West Fargo Sheynne 8:29.67; 6. Devils Lake 8:31.48; 7. Grand Forks Central 8:37.97; 8. Shanley 8:48.99

Shot put — 1. Brennan Sellheim, WFS: 51-11.00; 2. Kaleb Vliem, FD: 51-00.00; 3. Jacob Kirkeby, WFS: 48-05.00; 4. Logan Arason, GFRR: 47-11.00; 5. Eli Hayes, FD: 46-08.00; 6. Brennan Palmer, FD: 45-03.00; 7. Fabien Muhire, WF: 43-08.00; 8. Justin Kerr, GFC: 43-08.00

Discus — 1. Logan Arason, GFRR: 160-08; 2. Eli Hayes, FD: 152-00; 3. Ethan Manock, Wahpeton: 151-10; 4. Kaleb Vliem; 5. Logan Herring, WF: 135-03; 6. Nick Kuehl, Shanley: 130-10; 7. Christian Skiple, FS: 127-02; 8. Brennan Palmer, FD: 124-11

Javelin — 1. Logan Arason, GFRR: 164.-05; 2. Ethan Manock, Wahpeton: 164-01; 3. Eli Hayes, FD: 159-07; 4. Colton Schneider, DL: 159-01; 5. Quinn Nelson, GFRR: 150-05; 6. Ethan Thomas, GFC: 147-08; 7. Bennett Burd, Shanley: 145-04; 8. James Walters, GFRR: 143-11

High jump — 1. Jean Irumva, WF: 6-02.00; 2. Kasen Baer, WFS: 6-00.00; 3. Michael Nhial, WFS: 6-00.00; 4. Aiden Jacobson, VC: 6-00.00; 5. Trey Knoke, FN: 6-00.00; 6. Darby Olson, WFS: 5-10.00, 7. Dylan Beyl, WFS: 5-10.00; 8. Angel Lopez, GFC: 5-10.00

Pole vault — 1. Bradley Bertsch, WFS: 13-09.00; 2. Connor Manske, WFS: 12-06.00; 3. Andrew Withuski, Wahpeton: 12-06.00; 4. Soren Kaster, WFS: 12-00.00; 4. Zack Thomasson, FS: 12-00.00; 6. Patrick Rach, FS: 12-00.00; 7. Hudson Flom, GFRR: 12-00.00; 8. Thomas Schreiner, FD: 12-00.00

Long jump — 1. Thomas Schreiner, FD: 21-08.25; 2. Nick Hasbergen, FD: 20-07.75; 3. Carter Byron, GFRR: 20-07.50; 4. Treyton Hoffert, FS: 20-06.50; 5. Ethan Manock, Wahpeton: 20-04.00; 6. Owen Thielges, FD: 20-03.50; 7. Dylan Beyl, WFS: 20-01.50; 8. Kye Schlichting, WFS: 19-10.00

Triple jump — 1. Dylan Beyl, WFS: 42-09.75; 2. Golden Deebom, FD: 42-09.75; 3. Michael Nhial, WFS: 41-07.75; 4. Isaiah Enger, FN: 41-05.00; 5. Kasen Baer, WFS: 40-11.75; 6. Simon Haug, GFRR: 40-07.50; 7. Darby Olson, WFS: 40-05.75; 8. Isaiah Gaye, GFRR: 40-01.50

Girls team totals
Fargo Davies 223.25, West Fargo 133.5, Fargo North 89.5, West Fargo Sheyenne 76, GF Red River 66, Shanley 47, Fargo South 31, Wahpeton 27, Valley City 15, Horace 15, GF Central 12.75, Devils Lake 5

Top 8 individual girls

100 — 1. Cece Deebom, FD: 12.15; 2. Jasmine Williams, WF: 12.39; 3. Michelle Gee, WF: 12.54; 4, Paige Renschler, Shanley: 12.78; 5. Michaela Nesius, FD: 12.82: 6. Kia Ray, WFS: 12.88; 7. Evangeline Sappington, Horace: 12.97; 8. Alimath Salou, FD: 13.01

200 — 1. Cece Deeboom, FD: 25.02; 2. Jasmine Williams, WF: 25.54; 3. Kate Laqua, FD: 25.98; 4. Michelle Geem, WF: 26.80; 5. Mesiku Hakin, Shanley: 26.83; 6. Michaela Nesius, FD: 27.00; 7. Pauge Renschler, Shanley: 27.05; 8. Annika McCarthy, DL: 27.20

400 — 1. Jasmine Williams, WF: 57.56; 2. Kate Laqua, FD: 58.09; 3. Mesiku Hakim, Shanley: 1:00.06; 4. Avary Fitzpatrick, WFS: 1:01.86; 5. Ava Graf, FD: 1:02.51; 6. Clara Robin, Shanley: 1:02.54; 7. Evie Gherdovich, GFC: 1:02.80; 8. Mariah Burian, FD: 1:02.91

800 — 1. Jocelyn Schiller, GFRR: 2:19.60; 2. Haliey Bjerke, FD: 2:20.01; 3. Lauren Dosch, GFRR: 2:20.88; 4. Morgan Hartze, GFRR: 2:23.64; 5. Greta Goven, VC: 2:24.65; 6. Brenna Barnick, FD: 2:24.67; 7. Anna Lien, FN: 2:25.19; 8. Olivia Beschorner, WFS: 2:26.89

1,600 — 1. Anna Lien, FN: 5:11.39; 2. Elle Sondag, FN: 5:13.93; 3. Reagan Berg, VC: 5:19.77; 4. Anna Bernhardt, Shanley: 5:20.56; 5. Brooklyn Herrick, Horace; 5:20.92; 6. Kinley Stecker, FD: 5:21.24; 7.Brooke Everson, FD: 5:33.31; 8. Annika Presteng, GFC: 5:37.09;

3,200 — 1. Elle Sondag, FN: 11:34.12; 2. Kaelyn Berg, WF: 11:41.19; 3. Kinley Steckler, FD: 11:51.80; 4. Cierra Bornemann, FD: 12:02.23; 5. Olivia Heilman, WFS: 12:17.43; 6. Greta Goven, VC: 12:24.76; 7. Alexis Lindgren, WF: 12:26.20; 8. Olivia Hammes, FN: 12:33.08

100 hurdles — 1. Cece Deebom, FD: 14.47; 2. Peyton Breidenbach, WFS: 16.37; 3. Samantha Gustafson, WF: 16.42; 4. Elyse Gulsvig, FD: 16.46; 5. Linnea Axtman, FD: 16.51; 6. Axumite James, FS: 16.57; 7. Sanie Gayflor, FD: 16.75; 8. Brynn Moen, GFC: 16.95

300 hurdles — 1. Kate Laqua, FD: 44.74; 2. Jane Donat, FD: 48.16; 3. Alexis Lovehaug, FD: 49.13; 4. Peyton Breidenbach, WFS: 49.41; 5. Sophie Brakke, GFRR: 49.59; 6. Ashton Safranski, FD: 49.81; 7. Axumite James, FS: 50.52; 8. Hannah Hynek, GFC: 50.53

400 relay — 1. West Fargo (Ella Heilman, Michelle Gee, Samantha Gustafson, Jasmine Williams) 50.28; 2. Davies 50.69; 3. West Fargo Sheyenne 51.71; 4. Horace 52.81; 5. Fargo North 52.91; 6. Wahpeton 52.92; 7. Fargo South 53.26; 8. Shanley 53.36

800 relay — Davies (Sanie Gayflor, Ashton Safranski, Alimath Salou, Michaela Nesius) 1:46.32; 2. Shanley 1:47.72; 3. West Fargo Sheyenne 1:48.54; 4. West Fargo 1:51.22; 5. Fargo South 1:51.36; 6. Fargo North 1:53.40; 7. Grand Forks Central 1:54;06; 8. Grand Forks Red River 1:54.90

1,600 relay — 1. Davies (Mariah Burian, Kate Laqua, Brenna Barnick, Hailey Bjerke) 4:10.27; 2. Fargo North 4:12.66; 3. Shanley 4:13.50; 4. Red River 4:14.26; 5. West Fargo Sheyenne 4:17.72; 6. West Fargo 4:23.36; 7. Wahpeton 4:24.73; 8. Devils Lake 4:30.25

3,200 relay — 1. Red River (Jocelyn Schiller, Mya Mannausau, Campbell Dorsey, Morgan Hartze) 9:50.46; 2. Fargo North 9:59.73; 3. West Fargo 10:02.89; 4. Davies 10:07; 5. West Fargo Sheyenne 10:09.59; 6. Devils Lake 10:18.56; 7. Shanley 10:38.83; 8. Grand Forks Central 11:01.73

Shot put — 1. Mary Schnell, WF: 41-02; Adisyn Schenck, WFS: 38-06; 3. Emma Oiser, FN: 38-06; 4. Scout Woods, Wahpeton: 38-05; 5. Cailey Moton, WF: 36-11: 6. Riley Guscette, WF: 36-02; 7. Seely Stockmoe, Shanley: 36-02; 8. Brooke Turnquist, FD: 34-00

Discus — 1. Scout Woods, Wahpeton: 125-01; 2. Emma Osier, FN: 120-06; 3. Cailey Moton, WF: 108-06; 4. Adisyn Schenck, WFS: 107-09; 5. Jaiden Haile, Horace: 105-07; 6. Kiara Zepeda, WF: 105-07; 7. Camille Deringer, FD: 102-11; 8. Kaylee Baker 102-08

Javelin — 1. Camille Deringer, FD: 127-03; 2. Ella Weippert, GFRR: 115-07; 3. Mary Schnell, WF: 115-03; 4. Emma Bontjes, Wahpeton: 110-00; 5. Kambelle Freije, GFRR: 108-07; 6. Paige McAllister, Shanley: 107-07; 7. Jovi Borg, VC: 102-03; 8. Kiara Zepeda, WF: 101-10

High jump — 1. Axumite James, FS: 5-02.00; 2. Lauryn Rydell, GFRR: 5-01.00; 3. Abigail Lovelace, FN: 4-11.00; 4. Reagan Carlson, FN: 4-11.00; 5. Mallory Dockter, WF: 4-11.00; 6. Haidyn Tollefson, FN: 4-11.00; 7. Emily Arnold, GFC: 4-09.00; 8. Leah Laqua, FD: 4-09.00

Long jump — 1. Cece Deebom, FD: 18-01.00; 2. Onya Kretchman, FD: 16-06.25; 3. Ava Wild, FD: 16-02.50; 4. Ava Olson, FD: 16-01.00; 5. Grace Miller, FN: 15-06.50; 6. Micah Sander, WFS: 15-03.00; 7. Taya Samek, WF: 15-02.00; 8. Kenzie Wuo, WFS: 14-11.25

Pole vault — 1. Emma Briggs, WFS: 10-03.00; 2. Jolee Dahl, WF: 10-03.00; 3. Onya Kretschman, FD: 9-06.00; 4. Taylor Tang, WF: 9-06.00; 5. Emery Asaen, WF: 9-03.00; 6. Camille Finney, GFC: 9-03.00; 7. Quinn Bassingthwaite, Wahpeton: 9-03.00; 8. Addison Tandeski, FD: 9-03.00

Triple jump — 1. Axumite James, FS: 35-06.50; 2. Cayla Sailer, FD: 34-09.25; 3. Anna Wicklow, FD: 34-02.00; 4. Sophie Brakke, GFRR: 34-01.50; 5. Haidyn Tollefson, FN: 33-05.50; 6. Sannie Yeanay, WFS: 33-00.75; 7. Linnea Axtman, FD: 32-07.75; 8. Ava Robertson, FD: 32-06.50

Honors

Boys
Outstanding Senior Athlete: Carter Elde, Grand Forks Central

Girls:
Outstanding Senior Athlete: Anna Lien, Fargo North and Jasmine Williams, West Fargo

Coach of the Year: Rory Beil

Digital Content Producer and Sports Reporter at the Grand Forks Herald since December of 2020. Maxwell can be contacted at mmarko@gfherald.com.
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