Elliott Stone just might get his name etched in stone at Shiloh Christian.
The sophomore distance runner became the first Shiloh track and field athlete to win a state championship when he claimed top honors in the Class B boys 1,600-meter run on a cloudy and chilly Friday afternoon at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
Stone posted a winning time of 4:33.75, which was almost three seconds faster than his previous best (4:36.70). He finished .84 seconds ahead of second-place Thomas Horgeshimer of Lisbon.
Stone was seeded third in the event, but was just .62 seconds behind top-seeded Hunter Weinreis of Beach.
“There was a bunch of us around 4:36 and 4:37, so I figured I had a chance today,” Stone said. “I feel honored. It was so exciting coming down the last 100 meters knowing I could win. I didn’t think about it that much at the beginning of the year, but I worked really hard every day, trying to get ready for this. All of that work paid off.”
Stone began pulling away from the pack with about 200 meters remaining.
“It was a great race,” Stone said. “My plan was to stay with the top five and then make a move in the last lap. I was feeling really good in the last quarter. I had a lot left for a good finish.”
Stone will compete in the 800 and 3,200 today. He’s the fourth seed in the 800 and the second seed behind Weinreis in the 3,200.
“Winning the 1,600 definitely helps my confidence,” Stone said. “I’m looking forward to the next race.”
State championships are nothing new to Bottineau junior Harrison Aide, who captured his third consecutive title in the Class B boys pole vault on Friday. This time, he did it in record fashion, clearing the bar at 5 feet. After securing the state crown, Aide — son of former Bismarck High pole-vaulter Mark Aide — had officials raise the bar to 14 feet, 8 inches — one inch higher than the state record held by Scott Carlbloom of Lisbon (2001).
After setting the state record, Aide vaulted 15 feet for the first time on his second attempt. He then had the bar raised to 15-4½, which is a half-inch higher than his father’s best high school vault. He failed on all three attempts.
“I was close. I thought I had it on my first attempt,” said Aide, whose best vault prior to the state meet was 14-7. “That’s OK. It’s something I can shoot for next year.”
Aide also has the overall state record of 15-6 in his sights. That mark is held by Brock Larson of Fargo South (2011).
“Going 15 feet today has me thinking that (the overall state record) is within my reach,” Aide said. “It’s one of my goals.”
Friday’s victory gives the Mark Aide family 13 pole-vault state championships. Mark won three at Bismarck High. Daughters Kelsey (five) and Abbey (two) totaled seven while at Bottineau.
Casey Walcker of Beulah became a state champion as a freshman, winning the long jump with a personal-best 22-1. The winning jump came on Walcker’s second attempt in the preliminaries. His previous best effort was 21-6½, which he posted on April 23.
“I got my best jump early in the year, and I was staying in the 20s and 21s. I couldn’t get over that hump until today,” Walcker said. “It was a good day to do that.”
Top-seeded Kellemon Hinton of Ellendale placed second with a jump of
Walcker is seeded second behind Hinton in the triple jump, which is scheduled for this afternoon. His best effort is 43-9. Hinton’s is
“There’s a big difference between my best jump and (Hinton’s), but anything can happen here,” Walcker said. “I know I can do better.”
Fifth-seeded Bryce Messner of Nelson County had a winning toss of 160-3 in the discus. The throw was a whopping 14 feet, 11 inches better than his previous best.
Kindred won the 3,200 relay with a time of 8:26.76.
The fastest times in Friday’s preliminaries were turned in by Nathan Mangin of Lisbon and Nigel Hageness of Rugby, 100 meters (10.91 seconds); Skylar Tangsrud of Stanley-Powers Lake, 200 (22.03) and 400 (50.91); Jeff Illies of Milnor-Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, 110 hurdles (15.36); Danny Skoglund of Beach, 300 hurdles (40.49), and Kindred’s 400 (44.30) and 800 (1:31.78) relay teams.
Defending state champion Lisbon leads the team race with 29 points. Dickinson Trinity and New Town follow with 22 and 16, respectively.