Oak Grove's Ella Olson wins girls long jump, Kindred boys keep lead with shot put sweep at ND state track

Long jump newcomer Olson took the state title as Central Cass' Elise Wisnewski finished third in the long jump and set a new state record in the 100 meter dash on Friday.

Oak Grove Lutheran’s Ella Olson competes in the Class B girls long jump during the North Dakota Track and Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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BISMARCK — Before May 15 in Valley City, Oak Grove junior Ella Olson had never competed in the long jump. Now, she is the Class B girls long jump state champion after jumping 17 feet, 7 inches Friday afternoon at the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships at the MDU Resources Community Bowl.

The winning distance was Olson’s first attempt of the day.

“It’s really big,” said Olson of the win. “It’s just crazy that I started this like last week and now it’s just insane that I’ve become a state champion and that I got this far to do it.”

While she had been mainly participating in relays and sprints, encouragement from her parents — and subsequent success — turned her focus to the long jump.

“My dad was always trying to get me to try it,” she said. “I was always like, ‘I’ll try it next year.’ But he said, ‘You have to do it this year. I believe you can be state champion,’ and my mom agreed.”


The championship-winning jump also left Olson in some pain as she landed hard on her tailbone. It was all worth it, she said.

“My tailbone hurts but I’m proud of myself,” she said with a sigh.

Central McLean’s Adlyn Eng jumped 17-5.75 inches to place second while Central Cass’ Elise Wisnewski placed third at 15-0.

The third place was one of several accomplishments for Wisnewski on the day as she also broke her own 100-meter state record with a time of 12 seconds flat in her prelim. Her old record stood at 12.14.

“It feels good,” Wisknewski said of the record. “I knew I had to stay relaxed throughout the race and make sure not to burn myself out for (Saturday). It felt really good to see improvements in my performance.”

Central Cass’ Elise Wisnewski competes in the Class B girls long jump during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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Though she was two inches short of a state championship in the long jump, Wisnewski was pleased with how she performed in the event.

“I’m still pretty happy with it,” she said. "All of us were pretty close and everyone was jumping real good. I’m happy with how I did.”

Wisnewski’s best time overall in the 100 meters still stands at 11.91 seconds.


Micah Longthorne of Hillsboro/Central Valley won the boys long jump at 21 feet, 10.25 inches. ahead of North Star’s Hunter Hagler at 21-6.

Lisbon junior Jayden Bittner rounded out the top three at 21-5.5 while Central Cass’ Jace Narum finished fourth at 21-5.25.

Central Cass' Jace Narum competes in the Class B boys long jump during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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In boys shot put, the Kindred Vikings throwers backed up their day one performance in discus with a top-three sweep.

Jack Packer threw a new personal best of 60 feet, 1 inch to take the state title. The throw also tied the Kindred school record which Riley Sunram — who finished in second — set earlier this season.

Sunram threw 54-1 for second while Blake Houska capped off the Viking sweep with a throw of 53-6.

“One, two, three is great for us,” said Packer. “It’s 24 points for us. Bowman has a really good long-distance crew so 24 points in one event is huge for us and hopefully it helps us in the end.”

Kindred’s Jack Packer throws 60’1” in the Class B boys shot put during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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From an individual standpoint, Packer woke up Friday feeling a bit under the weather. A quick power nap, he said, got him back on the right track.

“I woke up around (10 a.m.) after an hour-long power nap and I was ready,” he said. “I’ve never been so dialed in for a shot put meet before so I was just juiced. I said I would bring the juice and I did.”


In the girls shot put, Riley Bonebrake of Rugby won with a throw of 38-7, ahead of Laikyn Roney of Oakes with an effort of 38-3 and Asia Becherl of Griggs Midkota, who was third at 37-4.

Dickinson Trinity’s Gage Glaser took the boys’ pole vault state title, clearing 13 feet, 3 inches. Noah Mehus of Mayport CG was second at 13-0 and Killdeer’s Gus Bombach was third at 12-9.

Dickinson Trinity's Ann Clifton competes in the Class B girls pole vault during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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The girls pole vault was also won by Dickinson Trinity as Anna Clifton took the event with a vault of 10 feet, three inches. Also clearing the same height, but losing on a tiebreaker, was second place Brynley Coleman of Hatton-Northwood. Killdeer’s Danielle Dobitz finished third at 10-0.

Brynn Hanson of Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis and Clark earned her second state title of the weekend with a win in the girls 1,600 meter run in 5:18.72, adding to her 3,200 win from day one. Southern McLean’s Jordyn Thorson (5:19.71) finished in second with Carringont’s Madison Johnson (5:20.07) in third.

In the boys’ 1,600, Kindred’s Keaton Olson broke up an all Bowman County top five with a second-place finish at 4:22.22. Bowman’s Taylor Wanner took first in 4:20.56 while this year’s 3,200 champ, Austin Wanner, finished third in 4:22.83.

The closest finish of the day came in the girls 4x800 relay as the Rugby team (Amelia Shepard, Brooklyn Bartsch, Mikaylee Livedalen and Hannah Senechal) edged Carrington (Mercedes Lura, Kenadie Pazdernik, Edyn Hoornaert and Madison Johnson) at the finish line by six-hundredths of a second. Central McLean (Sadie O'Shea, Adlyn Eng, Natalie Whitcomb and Morgan Snyder) finished in third.

Bowman County (Gavin Lambourn, Austin Wanner, Caleb Sarsland and Taylor Wanner) won the boys 4x800 with a new state record with a time of 8:01.90. The old record stood at 8:02.29.

The Lisbon team (Boeden Greenley, Mike Nelson, Levi Sveum and Lincoln Adair) clocked an 8:22.23 in second while Kindred (Cole Campbell, Lucas Dahl, Elija Deck and Keaton Olson) finished in third with an 8:30.38.


After eight completed events over two days, Hatton-Northwood continues to lead the girls team standings with 30 points. Carrington holds second with 27 while Rugby has 23, Des-Lacs Burlington 20 and Shiloh Christian 15 to round out the top five.

The Kindred Vikings hold on to the boys’ lead with 68 points ahead of Bowman County at 65. North Starr is in third at 22 with Hillsboro-Central Valley holding fourth at 21. Lisbon and Dickinson Trinity sit tied for fifth at 15 points each.

North Dakota State Track and Field Championships

MDU Resources Community Bowl, Bismarck

Class B boys

Friday’s final results

Team scores (top 5): 8 events scored

1. Kindred 68; 2. Bowman County 65; 3. North Star 22; 4. Hillsboro/Central Valley 21; 5. Dickinson Trinity 15


Boys individual top 8

1,600: 1. Taylor Wanner, Bowman County, 4:20.56; 2. Keaton Olson, Kindred, 4:22.22; 3. Austin Wanner, Bowman County, 4:22.83; 4. Caleb Sarsland, Bowman County, 4:28.62; 5. Jonah Njos, Bowman County, 4:31.84; 6. Lander Lahtinen, New Town, 4:33.86; 7. Kaden Fuller, Shiloh Christian 4:34.82; 8. Cole Campbell, Kindred, 4:35.90

4x800: 1. Bowman County (Gavin Lambourn, Austin Wanner, Caleb Sarsland, Taylor Wanner) 8:01.90; 2. Lisbon (Boeden Greenley, Mike Nelson, Levi Sveum, Lincoln Adair) 8:22.23; 3. Kindred (Cole Campbell, Lucas Dahl, Elija Deck, Keaton Olson) 8:30.38; 4. Dickinson Trinity (Jace Cofer, Max Lefor, Joel Thorson, Eli Hansen) 8:31.77; 5. New Town (Lander Lahtinen, Colt Spotted Bear, Lukas Spotted Bear, Jose Villa) 8:32.87; 6. Shiloh Christian (Caden Englund, Mason Seifert, Joey Desir, Kaden Fuller) 8:35.49; 7. Grafton (Omarion Brown, David Perez, Hayden Perez, Jack Kern) 8:40.56; 8. Hettinger County (Justin Kathrein, Tallen Binstock, Brock Ehlis, Matt Huether) 8:43.11

Long jump: Micah Longthorne, Hillsboro/CV, 21-10.25; 2. Hunter Hagler, North Star, 21-6; 3. Jayden Bittner, Lisbon, 21-5.5; 4. Jace Narum, Central Cass, 21-5.25; 5. Bohden Duffield, Bowman County, 21-5.25; 6. Nick Hansen, Sargent County, 21-0; 7. Bishop Duffield, Bowman County, 20-11; 8. Jaylin Fulin-Ross, Des Lacs/Burlington, 20-11.

Shot put: 1. Jack Packer, Kindred, 60-1; 2. Riley Sunram, Kindred, 54-1; 3. Blake Houska, Kindred, 53-6; 4. Kayedenn Rivinius, Grant County, 53-6; 5. Levi Kautsman, Griggs-Midkota, 51-0; 6. Hunter Rasmussen, Bowman County, 49-10.5; 7. Peter Dryburgh, Hillsboro/CV, 49-9.5; 8. Easton Baesler, Hillsboro/CV, 49-2

Pole vault: 1. Gage Glaser, Dickinson Trinity, 13-3; 2. Noah Mehus, May-Port-CG, 13-0; 3. Gus Bohmbach, Killdeer, 12-9; 4. Oliver Marquardt, May-Port-CG, 12-6; 5. Kael Kovar, Carrington, 12-3; 6. Trace Hoggarth, Carrington, 12-3; T7. Bryceton Deplazes, Rugby, Mike Nelson, Lisbon, and Colter Thorsell, Larimore, 12-0

Class B girls

Friday’s final results


Team scores (top 5): 8 events scored

1. Hatton-Northwood 30; 2. Carrington 27; 3. Rugby 23; 4. Des Lacs-Burlington 20; 5. Shiloh Christian 15

Girls individual top 8

1,600: 1. Brynn Hanson, Des Lacs/Burlington, 5:18.72; 2. Jordyn Thorson, Southern McLean, 5:19.71; 3. Madison Johnson, Carrington, 5:20.07; 4. Hannah Westin, Shiloh Christian, 5:22.75; 5. Mashae Miller, Kenmare-Bowbells, 5:25.05; 6. Hannah Senechal, Rugby, 5:25.34; 7. Addie Miller, Killdeer, 5:26.15; 8. Jaci Fischer, Bowman County, 5:28.22

4x800: 1. Rugby (Amelia Shepard, Brooklyn Bartsch, Mikaylee Livedalen, Hannah Senechal) 9:53.28; 2. Carrington (Mercedes Lura, Kenadie Pazdernik, Edyn Hoornaert, Madison Johnson) 9:53.34; 3. Central McLean (Sadie O’Shea, Adlyn Eng, Natalie Whitcomb, Morgan Snyder) 9:58.32; 4. Hettinger County (Sophie Olsonawski, Jazlyn Ottmar, Carly Wolf, Ruby Nasset) 9:59.66; 5. Bowman County (Landyn Gerbig, Kenley Bowman, Julie Sarsland, Jaci Fischer) 10:01.77; 6. Killdeer (Abby Hardersen, Taylee Andersen, Mickellyn Walker, Addie Miller) 10:06.90; 7. Lisbon (Ryatt Wertman, Kodi Lautt, Jaelyn Baumgartner, Mara Kempel) 10:18.40; 8. Kindred (Lexi Ogren, Allyson Goodmanson, Taryn Roesler, Peyton Gette) 10:20.56

Pole vault: 1. Anna Clifton, Dickinson Trinity, 10-3; 2. Brynley Coleman, Hatton-Northwood, 10-3; 3. Danielle Dobitz, Killdeer, 10-0; 4. Mercedes Lura, Carrington, 9-9; T5. Laisha Martens, Beulah, Julie Sarsland, Bowman County, and Haley Wolsky, Carrington, 9-0; 8. Josey Andersen, Killdeer, 9-0

Long jump: 1. Ella Olson, Fargo Oak Grove, 17-7; 2. Adlyn Eng, Central McLean, 17-5.75; 3. Elise Wisnewski, Central Cass, 17-5; 4. Jaelyn Bertsch, Edgeley/Kulm, 17-3; 5. Ellie Machayya, Fargo Oak Grove, 17-2.75; 6. Rylee Satrom, May-Port-CG, 17-1; 7. Karsyn Allard, Bottineau, 16-10; 8. Kennedy Harter, Kidder County, 16-8.75 

Shot put: 1. Riley Bonebrake, Rugby, 38-7; 2. Laikyn Roney, Oakes, 38-3; 3. Asia Becherl, Griggs-Midkota, 37-4; 4. Eastyn Gebhardt, Richardton-Taylor, 36-9; 5. Trista Bilden, Hatton-Northwood, 36-8.5; 6. Paige Bishop, Hillsboro/CV, 36-3; 7. Elizabeth Pinke, Hatton-Northwood, 36-1; 8. Makenna Brunmeier, Hazen, 35-10

Lisbon's Mike Nelson competes in the Class B boys pole vault during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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Hillsboro-Central Valley's Micah Longthorne competes in the Class B boys long jump during the North Dakota Track & Field Meet on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Bismarck.
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