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Girls take first, boys second at EDC track and field meet

The West Fargo track teams turned in an impressive performance at the Eastern Dakota Conference championship meet, as the girls finished first first of 10 teams with 184 points – 51 points ahead of second-place Fargo Davies – and the boys finished second with 113.5 points.

“We really couldn’t be happier,” head coach Darin McKinnon said. “Both teams stepped up and had a really good meet, and that is all you can ask of them.”

Leading the way for the teams were seniors Daniel Asa and Amanda Levin, both of whom qualified for four state events.

Asa managed to get first in the 110-meter hurdles, running it in 14.87 seconds, and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.04.

He also finished second in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet 3½ inches, as well as in the triple jump with a distance of 43 feet, 4 inches.

Levin now has a chance to defend her three state titles, as she finished second in the 400 meter dash (59.17), third in the 200-meter dash (26.19) and fourth in the 100-meter dash (13.01).

She was also a part of the first-place 4x200 meter relay team that finished in 1 minute, 47.33 seconds.

“That really tells you something about the talent and the range these kids have,” McKinnon said. “It is going to be a challenge, but to have those two be able to qualify in multiple events like that is so helpful to the team.”

Sophomore Keely Walker qualified for state in two events, finishing first in both the shot put and the discus throw.

Sophomore Kennedi Sand finished first in the 100-meter hurdles, running them in 15.66 seconds, and second in the javelin throw with a distance of 121 feet, 2 inches.

“The points came from so many areas,” McKinnon said. “That balance is so critical at this point in the season. You can’t have much team success without points coming from everywhere.”

The teams now head to the Bismarck Community Bowl on Friday, where they will take part in 21 different events.

“It all comes down to staying healthy with that level of talent out there,” McKinnon said. “All we ask is that the kids give their best effort and be consistent. If we do that, I can see scoring some points this weekend.”

The tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.