BISMARCK — Kaden Pastian walked to the throwing circle for the final discus throw of his high school career Friday at the North Dakota Class B boys track and field meet. It was sinking in.
He was ready to give it all he had.
“I guess that I did,” said Pastian, a Hillsboro-Central Valley senior thrower.
Pastian’s final discus toss of his preps career won him the Class B state title and etched his name in the record books.
His throw of 192 feet set a new Class B boys state record, despite a strong crosswind at MDU Resources Bowl in Bismarck. The mark replaces the 13-year-old record of 184 feet set by Glenburn’s Seth Wisthoff.
“It feels amazing,” Pastian said. “Words can’t explain how much work I’ve put in and how good this feeling is.”
Pastian fought through steady winds with gusts up to 31 mph to capture his second discus state title. Pastian, who lost his junior season to the coronavirus pandemic, won the discus as a sophomore in 2019 with a throw of 180 feet, 4 inches.
“It’s not the way I planned it. It was such a great competition. The best competition I’ve ever been in,” Pastian said. “To go in there and do it like that on your last throw — it’s awesome.”
It was a tight battle that came down to the decisive — and record-setting — final throw. Pastian brought chants from a sizable cheering section, who sat together holding signs for the Burros senior.
“I went there, cleared my mind and just let it fly,” Pastian said. “I've done that throw thousands of times. And at that point, my muscle memory just took over and it landed where it landed.”
The winning toss was eight inches shy of the overall state record, set by Grand Forks Red River’s Bryan Bjerk in 2012.
Oakes senior Ashton Biesterfield sent the weight 171-8 to record a runner-up finish and new personal best. Lisbon’s Caleb Olson placed third with a personal-best toss of 151-1.
The top seed in the event, Pastian felt the pressure Friday. He admitted it got to him a little more than it should’ve early on, but when it counted most, Pastian handled it.
“You can’t go out in a much better way than that. Other than getting maybe another eight inches,” he joked. “But, no, it's awesome, I couldn't have asked for a better performance today.”
Pastian is also the No. 1 seed in the shot put, and will be looking to build on his 2019 third-place state finish Saturday afternoon.
Through five events, the Burros have a narrow one-point lead over Bowman County and Kindred, which sits in third place with 20 points.
Lisbon’s 1,600-meter relay of Boeden Greenley, Mike Nelson, Simon Sveum and Caeden Sweet ran to first place in 8 minutes, 24.66 seconds.
MPCG's Peterson vaults to state title
Nora Peterson waited a long time for a second chance at the pole vault.
Two years to be exact.
The May-Port-CG senior didn’t clear the opening height as a sophomore in 2019. It fueled her to strive for more. But her attempt at redemption was put on hold as her junior season was canceled.
When she finally got her shot to go out in style, Peterson took advantage of it. She cleared 10 feet to win the girls pole vault Friday. The winning mark bested her personal best by four inches.
“It’s hard to describe. I was just unbelievably happy,” Peterson said. “I’ve been vaulting since I was in seventh grade and this is just something I’ve dreamed about.”
Peterson powered through strong winds, while wearing kinesiology tape on her shoulder, to vault above the rest.
“Every once in a while the wind would kind of blow you at a wrong angle and it would affect you,” she said. “I’ve had this shoulder injury all season, but I think with all of the adrenaline, I didn’t think about it and didn’t feel it.”
Peterson fell early in the season and hurt the joint in her shoulder. Not competing was never an option for her. She was dead set on vaulting.
“My goal was just to stay focused and not let anything get to me,” she said. “Just try and do what I know I can do and give it everything I got.”
The pole vault came down to a contest between Peterson and Dickinson Trinity’s Anna Clifton, who was the runner-up at 9-9. Peterson was pleased with her vault at that height.
“(Clifton) has been cranking out PRs (personal records) all season,” Peterson said. “So when I saw her clear that, I was like, OK, I gotta bear down and I gotta do this.”
After the first five events, Peterson’s Patriots are in the lead heading into Saturday. May-Port-CG tallied 21 points, followed by Rugby’s 19 and Langdon’s 12.
The Patriots grabbed a first-place finish in the 1,600 relay to go along with Peterson’s pole vault title.