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State tourney closes out track season

West Fargo's Daniel Asa beats Bismarck's Tom Sease to the finish in the 300 meter hurdles Saturday, during the North Dakota state track and field championships in Bismarck. David Samson

West Fargo senior Daniel Asa had the state track and field meet in his sights all year.

The meet was Asa’s last chance to earn a state championship and the soon-to-be North Dakota State athlete closed his prep career at West Fargo with a title in the North Dakota Class A 300-meter hurdles.

Asa raced to a time of 38.75 seconds in the event Saturday at the Community Bowl.

“I feel really good because I have worked so hard to win this race all year,” Asa said. “I’m glad my hard work has paid off. I don’t really think it has sunk in yet that I have won. I’ve been striving for this a long time. It probably will sink in later after the meet is over.”

Asa also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.92 and finished fourth in the triple jump posting a mark of 42-11. On Friday, Asa finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 21-3.

In total, Asa accounted for 26 of West Fargo’s 53 points in the Class A boys team race. The Packers finished fourth in the team points race. Bismarck took first with 200 points winning the school’s 11th straight team championship.

West Fargo also received points from junior Brandon Johnson (5th in high jump, 6-feet), sophomore Alex Talley (2nd in shot put, 53-7), senior Scott Cameron (4th in javelin, 174-2) and senior Brendan Walker who took fourth place finishes in the discus (153-2) and shot put (50-4).

The West Fargo girls team finished fourth in the Class A girls team race posting 59 points. Bismarck Century won its fourth-straight team championship scoring 169 points.

Sophomore Keely Walker was the Packers’ lone individual to win a championship. Walker won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet on Friday.

Walker, who took sixth in the event a year ago, recorded the winning distance on her last throw of finals.

“It feels great,” Walker said. “I don’t think I could have done it without the other girls that I have competed against all season pushing me.”

Walker entered state with the top-seeded throw of 43-2½ – a personal-best mark she posted at the East Region meet. Senior Kelsie Hall of Bismarck Century had the best throw (42-5) prior to Walker’s final throw.

Walker also placed eighth in the discus with a mark of 112-1.

Senior Amanda Levin finished her decorated prep career by placing in all four of her events.

Levin, who suffered an ACL injury last fall, was attempting to defend her state titles in the 100-, 200- and 400- meters.

“It is a tough injury to come back from physically and mentally,” Levin said of the ACL tear suffered in August during the volleyball season. “My goal at this meet was to make some memories and have some fun. I gave it my all to finish out at this level.”

Levin is signed to run track and field at North Dakota State.

Her best finish Saturday was third as a member of West Fargo’s 800-meter relay along with teammates Nicole Heinen, Jaeden Metcalf and Madison Urlaub. The team’s time in the event was 1:44.55. Levin finished 5th in the 100 (12.59), 7th in the 200 (26.25) and 400 (59.78).

Junior Izzy Waite finished second in the high jump clearing 5-3.

Senior Sara Wiederholt finished third in pole vault clearing 10-3.

Sophomore Kennedi Sand accounted for nine points taking fourth in javelin (118-1) and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.62).

Freshman Jennifer Dufner took sixth in the 3,200 meters posting a time of 11:48.58.

Dufner, along with teammates Mattyson Barta, Katelyn Ask and Urlaub – placed third in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 9:57.28.

West Fargo’s 400-meter relay team of Mykin Gunning, Bryce Langerud, Heinen and Metcalf placed sixth with a time of 51.00.

Tom Mix

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to  

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