Wildfire set track on fire at the Southwest Regional Track Meet in Bowman

Heading into the Southwest Regional Track Meet, the Mott/Regent Wildfire had high hopes for success. Head coach Ron Benson said the results were better than he expected.

Brady Wegh (front) and Hunter Crist jump hurdles during the Southwest Region Track Meet in Bowman. [PHOTO BY JASON WASKIEWICZ | For The Herald]
Brady Wegh (front) and Hunter Crist jump hurdles during the Southwest Region Track Meet in Bowman. [PHOTO BY JASON WASKIEWICZ | For The Herald]
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Heading into the Southwest Regional Track Meet, the Mott/Regent Wildfire had high hopes for success. Head coach Ron Benson said the results were better than he expected.

“I thought, very good overall,” Benson said. “It’s more than expected, (I’m) very excited about that.”

The region track meet was held at Bowman County High in Rein Hiller Field on May 16, and the Mott/Regent girls placed sixth while the boys took home a third-place finish.

Though Benson knew his squad was capable of success, the girls’ triple jump performances was a nice surprise.

“It was a nice surprise, (we got) a lot of points there,” Benson said. “That’s one that stands out.”

Out of eight slots that scored in the girls triple jump, Mott/Regent filled four of them. Those included second-place finisher sophomore Ellie Messmer, senior Allison Gion who came up third, sophomore MaLynn Kautzman finished in fifth place and 7th-grader Ieesha Jordan finished in seventh. That event alone accounted for 20 of the 54 total points scored for the Wildfire.

On the boys side, sophomore Brady Wegh had a big performance. Wegh placed third or better in four different events, including a first-place finish in the 110M hurdles and a first-place finish in the triple jump.

He said there wasn’t anything he hoped would have turned out differently.

“I think we got what we wanted,” Benson said.

The Wildfire are bringing five to the state meet in Bismarck this weekend.

On the girls side Ellie Miessmer will be competing in the long jump and triple jump. Allison Gion will also compete in the triple jump. Junior Sadie Amber will be throwing discus.

Brady Wegh will have the most work to do during the state meet, qualifying in four events. Wegh will be competing in the long jump, triple jump, 110M hurdles and 300M hurdles. Freshman Hunter Crist will also be competing in the 300M hurdles.

The outlook is bright for the Mott/Regent Wildfire Track and Field team. Benson’s team is young, and they’ve shown the ability to compete with the older athletes as underclassmen, and they still have time to grow. Of the five state qualifiers only one, Allison Gion, is a graduating senior.

The Wildfire had three athletes set school records this year: Sadie Ambers (discus-100’6”), Brady Wegh (triple jump-43’6 1/2) and Cody Perkins (8th-grade high jump-5’10”). All three are underclassmen and could potentially return next year.

“This is just fun,” Benson said. “All of this is a good time.”

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