Kindred leads boys teams after 1-2 finish in discus on Day 1 of North Dakota state track meet

Vikings teammates Riley Sunram and Jack Packer took the top two spots in the Class B boys discus while Central Cass' Cooper Johnson broke a school record in an entertaining high jump final Thursday.

Kindred's Riley Sunram competes in the Class B boys discuss during the North Dakota A Track & Field Meet on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Bismarck.
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BISMARCK — The Kindred Vikings ended day one of the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships with a sweep of the top two spots in the Class B boys discus by Riley Sunram and Jack Packer, putting their team on top of the team standings.

Kindred leads the Class B boys’ standings with 29 points. Bowman County is second with 21 points, North Star is third with 14 and Central Cass and Hillsboro-Central Valley are tied for fourth with eight points.

Sunram threw 171 feet, 7 inches to take the state title ahead of Packer, who threw 156-8. Grant County’s Wyatt Ottmer was third at 154-0.

“It means a lot,” Sunram said. “It was big for us to get points here and just to do it with our seniors. We come out here and throw for one last time in the discus and shot (Friday) and hopefully we can get it done one, two, three.”

Sunram, Packer and fellow Viking Blake Houska enter Friday’s shot put as the top-ranked trio in Class B.


For Packer, a senior, the top-two sweep was a big positive for the team following a slow start to the day in some events.

“Going one-two in disc is huge,” Packer said. “Our high jumpers didn’t do quite what we thought they would do. Riley and I came out and said we had to go one-two and we got the job done.”

Kindred's Jack Packer competes in the Class B boys discuss during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Bismarck.
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While he was unable to defend his state discus championship, Packer said he was glad Sunram got the win.

“I couldn't be more happy to have my teammate beat me,” he said. “As long as it’s my teammate, I don’t care. It helps us out in the end.”

In the Class B girls’ discus, Hatton-Northwood freshman Elizabeth Pinke threw 127-4 to earn the state title. Makenna Brunmeier and Ava Vandyke of Hazen placed second and third, respectively, at 120-3 and 118-5.

In the Class B boys’ high jump, Central Cass’ Cooper Johnson and North Star’s Dane Hagler put on an entertaining battle.

Both cleared 6 feet, 6 inches but were unable to go an inch higher, with the tiebreaker going to who cleared 6-6 in the fewest attempts. Hagler needed only one attempt at the height while Cooper took two.

Both set new personal best jumps and broke school records — both schools' previous record was 6-4.


Central Cass' Cooper Johnson competes in the Class B high jump during the North Dakota State Track & Field Meet on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Bismarck.
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“It’s the best I’ve ever jumped,” said Johnson. “I didn't see myself jumping 6-6 today. I got third last year so second’s a little better so I’ll take it.”

Johnson broke his personal best by two inches, which had him tied with the Central Cass record. Hagler broke his by six. Like Johnson, Hagler said he “definitely" did not expect to jump as high as he did.

“To jump 6-6 was pretty cool,” said Hagler. “The atmosphere definitely helps. It gets loud and when you have family cheering you on, it feels pretty good.”

In the girls’ high jump, Ellendale’s Kaylin Slivoskey was crowned state champion with a jump of 5-2. Drayton/Valley-Edinburg’s Elizabeth Fedje and Kenmare-Bowbells’ Anne Stroklund tied for second at 5-0. Seven other athletes also cleared 5-0 with results determined via tiebreakers.

The first champions for Class B running events were crowned in the 3200-meter run.

In the boys, it was a Bowman County going one-two, with seniors Austin Wanner (9:38.19) and Caleb Sarsland (9:39.94) taking the top spots.

Kindred’s Keaton Olson (9:54.40) finished third with Northern Cass freshman Owen Johnson (10:02.56) edging out Kindred’s Cole Campbell (10:02.98) for fourth.

As the bell rang in the girls’ 3200, Brynn Hanson, a freshman from Des Lac Burlington-Lewis and Clark, made her championship move passing Shiloh Christian’s Hannah Westin.


Hanson held off Westin on the final lap, winning in 11:51.74 to Westin’s 11:55.57. Hatton-Northwood’s Jenna Soine finished in third with a time of 12:04.11.

Hatton-Northwood leads the girls’ team standings after day one with 16 points over second-place Hazen's 14. Des Lacs Burlington-Lewis and Clark, Ellendale and Shiloh Christian are in a three-way tie for third at 10 points.

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Class B boys

Thursday’s final results

Team scores (top 5): 3 events scored

1. Kindred 29; 2. Bowman County 21; 3. North Star 14; T4. Central Cass and Hillsboro/Central Valley 8

Boys individual top 8

High jump: 1. Dane Hagler, North Star, 6-6; 2. Cooper Johnson, Central Cass, 6-6; T3. Will Mickelson, Glen Ullin/Hebron, and Zeke Barnick, Edgeley/Kulm, 6-4; 5. Hunter Hagler, North Star, 6-2; 6. Gabe Allmaras, Harvey/Wells County, 6-2; 7. Cordel Sjokvist, Mohall/Lansf., 6-2; 8. Ethan Duval, Kindred, 6-0


Discus: 1. Riley Sunram, Kindred, 171-7; 2. Jack Parker, Kindred, 156-8; 3. Wyatt Ottmar, Grant County, 154-0; 4. Oscar Leal, Hillsboro/CV, 149-9; 5. Davian Welch, Hazen, 143-11; 6. Peter Dryburgh, Hillsboro/CV, 141-9; 7. Simon Buchfinck, Beulah, 138-11; 8. Helexio Eagle, Standing Rock, 138-11

3,200: 1. Austin Wanner, Bowman County, 9:38.19; 2. Caleb Sarsland, Bowman County, 9:39.94; 3. Keaton Olson, Kindred, 9:54.40; 4. Owen Johnson, Northern Cass, 10:02.56; 5. Cole Campbell, Kindred, 10:02.98; 6. Jonah Njos, Bowman County, 10:05.90; 7. Lander Lahtinen, New Town, 10:10.23; 8. Lance Bradley, Standing Rock, 10:21.57

Class B girls

Thursday’s final results

Team scores (top 5): 3 events scored

1. Hatton-Northwood 16; 2. Hazen 14; T3. Des Lacs-Burlington, Ellendale and Shiloh Christian 10

Girls individual top 8

Discus: 1. Elizabeth Pinke, Hatton-Northwood, 127-4; 2. Makenna Brunmaier, Hazen, 120-3; 3. Ana VanDyke, Hazen, 118-5; 4. Anna Schatz, Grant County, 113-3; 5. Harli Dickman, Surrey, 109-8; 6. Rogue Stephens, North Star, 109-2; 7. Klaire Gunderson, Powers Lake, 107-7; 8. Makenna Vosberg, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, 105


High jump: 1. Kaylin Slivoskey, Ellendale, 5-2; T2. Elizabeth Fedje, Drayton/Valley, and Anne Stroklund, Kenmare-Bowbells, 5-0; 4. Kyra Beckman, Bottineau, 5-0; 5. Megan Misson, Pembina County, 5-0; T6. Halle Handegard, Rolette/Wolford, Kennedy Harter, Kidder County, and Layla Thompson, Shiloh Christian, 5-0

3,200: 1. Brynn Hanson, Des Lacs-Burlington, 11:51.74; 2. Hannah Westin, Shiloh Christian, 11:55.57; 3. Jenna Soine, Hatton-Northwood, 12:04.11; 4. Kenadie Pazdernik, Carrington, 12:04.67; 5. Ruby Nasset, Hettinger County, 12:04.98; 6. Mara Kempel, Lisbon, 12:05.15; 7. Mashae Miller, Kenmare-Bowbells, 12:08.09; 8. Maddy Kyle, Bottineau, 12:24.21

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