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BDS Girls Team Champions At Meridian Invite

On April 4, the Eagles track teams ventured over to Friend to participate in the 11-team Meridian Mustang Invitational. With 11 teams competing this is one of the stronger fields BDS will see prior to Conference and Districts. On the cold, rainy, and windy day the girls scored 101 points and brought home the championship trophy, and the boys competed well against the tough competition scoring 21 points.

For the boys, Luke Christensen led the way by winning the 200 in a personal best time of 23.6. He also led the 400 meter relay team to a fifth place finish where he was joined on the relay by Nathan Hendrickson, Alberto Gamboa and Grant Norder. Nathan completed his day with a sixth place finish in the long jump, establishing his personal best mark of 18'7". Nolan Schroeder established his personal best in the discus placing third with a toss of 122'8". Blake Stengel took sixth place in the pole vault and rounding out the boys medals was the 3200 meter relay team of Kamron Ficken, T.J. Krupicka, Jaydon Otto and Chris Rohr who finished in sixth. Several other young men established their best marks of the season, but due to the strong field fell just short of placing.

For the ladies, Shelby Garland and Cynthia Mick led a strong team effort as Shelby captured gold in both the long jump, with a new meet record of 16'7", and the 100 with a time of 12.7, while Cynthia won the pole vault with a leap of 9'0" and the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.1. They each added a silver medal to their collection as Cynthia took second in the 100 and Shelby finished second in the triple jump as well. Cynthia then rounded out her day by leading the 400 relay to a fourth place finish where she was joined by Jennifer, Mick, Jill Schroeder and Christy Swartzendruber. Jennifer turned in a strong performance as she finished third in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, establishing personal best marks of 17.3 and 53.8 respectively. She also took fourth in the pole vault to complete a four medal day. Jill added a fourth place leap and a fifth place leap in the long and triple jumps respectively to close out her day. Her long jump was a personal best 15'6 1/2". Christy later teamed with Sam Plock, Kristin Troyer and Kalli Schroeder to take fourth in the 1600 relay.

Earlier, Kalli had established a personal best in the 1600 where she took second place with a time of 6:09.9 and she also led the 3200 meter relay to a sixth place medal. She was joined in that relay by Ashley Hinrichs, Sam Plock and Johanna Kluck. Rounding out the Eagles scoring was Taylor Houck who brought home a pair of medals in the hurdle events. She finished fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. As with the boys, due to the strong field, several young ladies established new personal bests, but fell just short of placing.