Growing by ‘leaps & bounds’: Mott/Regent Wildfire track team gains experience at state track meet

The Mott/Regent Wildfire took five athletes to the North Dakota State Track Meet in Bismarck on May 22 and 23, and head coach Ron Bensons said he liked what he saw from his team.

Sophomore Brady Wegh makes one of his jumps at the State Track Meet in Bismarck. Wegh competed in four events total. [PHOTO BY MATT SEMISCH | For The Herald]
Sophomore Brady Wegh makes one of his jumps at the State Track Meet in Bismarck. Wegh competed in four events total. [PHOTO BY MATT SEMISCH | For The Herald]
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Mott/Regent Wildfire took five athletes to the North Dakota State Track Meet in Bismarck on May 22 and 23, and head coach Ron Bensons said he liked what he saw from his team.

“I though it (state meet) went really well,” Benson said.

Competing in Bismarck was senior Allison Gion (triple jump), junior Sadie Ambers (discus), Sophomore Brady Wegh (110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump), sophomore Ellie Messmer (long jump and triple jump), and freshman Hunter Crist (300 meter hurdles). Ambers, Messmer and Crist were all first time state qualifiers.

Gion placed 21st in the triple jump with a distance of 31-08.50. Messier placed 20th in long jump with a distance of 15-10.25 and 16th in the triple jump with a distance of 32-02.00.

Crist placed 15th in the preliminary 300 meter hurdle race with a time of 44.28 but did not qualify for the finals.

Ambers scratched on all three of her discus throws.

Wegh, competing in four events, placed in the top 12 in all of his events. With a preliminary time of 16.37 in the 110 meter hurdles, he qualified for the finals with a fifth-place finish. In the final race he had a time of 15.77, good enough for a fourth-place finish. His final finish in the 300 meter hurdles was somewhat of a pleasant surprise for his coach.

“I think Brady Wegh in the 300 hurdles surprised us all,” Benson said.

After narrowly qualifying for the finals with a ninth-place finish, he finished the finals with a time of 41.06, ending the race behind three others for fourth place.

Wegh finished 12th in the long jump with a distance of 20-40.25 and jumped to a distance of 42-08.00 in the long jump for a ninth-place finish.

Bensons said he was happy with what he saw and thought it was a good experience to build off of as they look towards next season, especially for the first-time state qualifiers.

“The ones that were there for the first year there’s some nerves involved there, that’ll help them down the road,” Benson said. “It was a good experience.”

Benson has a young team, only losing one out of the five qualifiers, Allison Gion, so the Wildfire have youth to build their team. But Benson said that Gion’s senior leadership and skill set will be missed.

“She’s been a nice competitor for us,” Benson said.

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