BISMARCK — Though the deficit wasn't as big as it has been in some years, there remains little reason to believe Fargo Davies' reign of dominance in North Dakota Class A girls track will end any time soon.
The Eagles placed in all 19 events, with wins in five, as they raced for their fourth consecutive state championship Saturday.
Davies' 171 points were 41 better than runner-up Bismarck Century. No other girls team topped 67 points.
Eagles head coach Rory Beil was highly complimentary of his team's balance, noting that even the 2018 team, which scored 222 points, wasn't able to place in every event.
"We’ve got a big team with a lot of kids competing so there’s always opportunities for things to go well," Beil said. "We had a lot of kids perform well and as a result our team did.”
While the Eagles won with balance, they did their share of winning as well, placing first in five events Saturday.
Sally Korgho got things rolling in the day's first race, winning the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 44.74 seconds.
"I feel accomplished, like I’m there for my team," Korgho said of the opening race win. "It felt good to start on the right track for the team.”
Korgho kept things on the right track for Davies in the 100 hurdles, which she won in 15.20.
Elsewhere, Michaela Hjelseth was nearly 20 feet better than the rest of the field in javelin, winning with a throw of 142 feet, 8 inches, while Ellen Donat won the long jump with a leap of 18-3.
Davies also earned a win in the 400 relay where Olivia Ryland, Emily Jahner, Merritt Beil and Cece Debom ran a 49.09.
Thrilled with the prolonged stretch of success, Rory Beil has no intentions to see it end.
“We’re going to keep fighting every single year," he said. "We’ve got young kids coming up. We intend to be battling for a state title every year. There’s now a culture where the young kids have to wait for their turn, but they know it. So I think we have the foundation in place to sustain for a long time.”
That culture has spread down his entire roster.
“It feels amazing just to be a part of this team and to have so many amazing individuals that just work so hard together," said Hjelseth, a junior. "It’s unbelievable.”
Williams wins first state title
After narrowly missing out on a 100 title, West Fargo freshman Jasmine Williams made sure she wouldn't leave Bismarck without a first-place plaque.
Williams used a burst down the last stretch to finish the 200 with a wining time of 25.70 seconds, .12 seconds ahead of Bismarck Century's Hannah Dschaak.
Williams came just .06 seconds shy of winning another title, coming in just behind Century's Brooklyn Buchholz, who ran a 12.68 in the 100.
Williams said going against a loaded field made it easy for her to come with a top effort Saturday.
“It feels good running against a lot of fast girls," Williams said. "They just pump me up.”
Though some may think winning a state title so young will take some pressure off in the coming years, Williams doesn't share that belief.
“It adds pressure on," she said. "I want to keep going.”
Ford fights through illness again
A night of rest did little to quell the cold that shot through Meghan Ford's body on Friday.
But for the second straight day, illness wasn't enough to slow down the Jamestown sophomore distance star.
After winning the 1,600 meters Friday, Ford captured a title in the 3,200 on Saturday, finishing in 10 minutes, 52.36 seconds.
While Megan Lundstrom of Davies, who placed second in 10:54.06, closed on the last lap, Ford was in control throughout the race and showed little signs that she was struggling to hold it together physically.
Challenges arose shortly after.
“After the two mile, I had trouble staying conscious," Ford said. "I got really dizzy anytime I’d stop moving around.”
After sitting in the shade for roughly 90 minutes, Ford returned to action in the 800, but says ran out of gas, placing fourth in 2:15.99.
Though wanting to end on a higher note, Ford didn't leave the day disappointed.
“It wasn’t the ending I was looking for. But I’ve got two more years," Ford said. "I came away with three plaques so I’m happy, just not satisfied yet.”