The Williston Area Recreation Center played host to the Thrivent Invite on Friday, March 22. It was the first meet of the 2019 season for the Coyotes boys and girls track and field teams.
The Coyotes boys varsity team placed third in a seven-team field as they ended the afternoon with 86 total points. Meanwhile, Dickinson placed first overall with a tally of 162 points, and Watford City took second with a score of 87.83.
One of the major highlights of the meet for the Coyotes came in 4x200 meter relay. The quartet of Kyle Miller, JJ Williams, Dayton Smith and Cutter Jones finished the race with a first place time of 1:39.31. Afterwards, Coyotes boys coach Alex Gilbertson expressed great satisfaction from his group of student-athletes. “I thought their handoffs went very smoothly and they gave it their all, they did a great job today,” the Coyotes track and field coach said.
Not to be outdone, Williston’s 4x800 meter relay team of Fynn Krenz, Gunnar Alvarado, Tyrel Ackman and Gavin Jorgenson also captured first place in their field of competition with a final time of 8:56.32. In individual events, Leif Larson represented Williston High School with a first place time of 4:46.73 in the 1600 meters.
As for the Williston girls varsity team, they finished fourth overall with a score of 49.50. Ava Marburger notched a first place finish for the Coyotes in the 400 meter dash by completing the race in 1:03.72. Jocelyn Nass, also of Williston, ran second in the 60 meters with a time of 8:90.
In the 4x200 meter relay, Marburger, Tessa Melland, Megan Shimko and Emma Solberg also recorded a second place finish with their time of 1:59.56. Both Williston varsity track and field teams will be back in action at the ARC for their next meet on Friday, March 29.