With the girls, its all over but for today's formalities. Any number of possibilities remain on the boys side. 

 Indeed, the state Class A boys and girls track meets are genuinely different animals.

 Reigning state Class A girls champion Fargo Davies won three events and put up 60 points on Friday for a 22-point lead on the field.

 Bismarck leads a fragmented boys meet with 41 point with Century in second place with 32.5. Fargo North (28), Grand Forks Red River (26), and defending champion Legacy (22) all had more than 20 points at the close of Friday's action.

 Competition resumes at 9 a.m. today in the field events. Activity on the track begins at 11 a.m. With six events in the books, there are going to be points aplently up for grabs today. Thirteen finals remain for the boys and girls.

 Century and Fargo North each garnered two first places on Friday. Levi Rockey successfully defended his title in the shot put with a personal best toss, and the CHS mile relay team turned in a season-best 8:08.48 for first place.

 North got first-place finishes from Alex Luz in the 1,600-meter run and Collin Stremick in the pole vault.

 Bismarck moved into the lead by collecting points in all six of Friday's finals. Derek Leingang took second in the long jump for the Demons' top point-producing effort of the day.

 Dane Allen, who may well be the state's top all-around jumper, placed fifth in the long jump, but that was with just one attempt. He suffered a hip injury on his first try and was unable to jump again. Without Allen's production in the high jump, triple jump and 400 relay today, BHS will be hard-pressed to hang onto its lead.

  Allen, a senior, was frustrated at Friday's turn of events.

 "It was my (left) hip. My hip gave out on me. We'll see how it goes (Saturday), but right now I'm hurting," he said.

 Allen said his left hip has given him trouble before, but it's never bothered him like it did Friday.

 "It hasn't hurt to the point I couldn't compete," he said. "It was one jump and done."

 Rockey, the reigning champion in both the shot and discus, got a sought-after personal best of 58-1 in the shot, improving on his previous peak of 57-11 1/2.

 "I wanted more, but I was happy with the result," said Rockey, a senior bound for North Dakota State University.

 Rockey said he scratched on his first throw, and moved into the lead with his second attempt in the preliminary round. His third and final effort of the prelims is when things came together.

 "In the preliminaries I was pretty consistent, but when I got the finals I had trouble with consistency," he said.

 Rockey begins defense of his discus title at 1 p.m. today as the top qualifier at 178-6.

 Century loaded up its 3,200 relay for the first time this season on Friday, and the results were impressive. The Patriots chopped 8-plus seconds off their qualifying time to win by four seconds.

 Junior Mitchell Honeyman, who ran leadoff, said this is the best combination the Patriots have put on the track for the two-mile relay all spring.

 "It was the first time we ever did it," he said "I was very, very confident we'd win."

 Honeyman, a junior, gave the Patriots a 20-yard lead with his opening half-mile and the succeeding baton-carriers, Austin Wald and Sam Honeyman, kept CHS out by a similar margin. Evan Sayler closed it out with a strong finish.

 "I was put in there just to make sure we had the lead," Mitchell Honeyman said. "I've only run it one other time this year. ... My coach said 'get a good lead and be yourself.'"

 Alex Luz of Fargo North and Meghan Ford of Jamestown used similar strategies to win hard-fought 1,600-meter championships.

 Luz, a junior, hung close to Century's Evan Sayler for 1,400 meters and then turned on the juice in the final 200 to pick up his championship with a 4:17.46 clocking.

 "The mile is my No. 1 event. ... I was able to stay with (Sayler) through the third lap, and I knew it would come down to the last sprint," Luz said. "I trust my kick a lot."

  Sayler said he knew what was coming.

 "Alex has a great kick. I expected (the race) to play out like it did," the CHS senior said. "(Luz) did a great job at the end. When you give it our all, there's not much else you can do. ... I wanted to work on the second and third laps to get myself in good position."

 Ford, a freshman, was the No. 3 qualifier in the mile. She held off a little longer than Luz did, making her move with about 180 meters remaining to pass Megan Lundstrom of Davies. Her winning time was personal-best 5:05.77.

 "I like to hang behind first place and hope the last 200 meters I can kick a little bit stronger," she said. 

 Ford, who runs cross country, and has the 3,200, 800 and a relay on her plate today, said her preference is the 1,600.

 "I kind of feel like the mile is my favorite," she noted.

Taking the initiative

 Fargo Davies served immediate notice that it's at the MDU Resources-Community Bowl to take care of business. The Eagles scored 24 points in the first event of the meet, placing 1-2-3 in the Class A girls javelin.

 Sophomore Michaela Hjelseth started the party with a throw of 132-7, almost four feet better than teammate Brooklynn Koenig, a freshman who lofted the spear 128-11. Junior Ryanna Becker places third with a 119-3 effort.

 "We feel good about the first day. That (javelin) got the ball rolling, for sure," Davies head coach Rory Beil said.

  Davies' other first-place efforts on Friday came courtesy of senior Alya Kretchman, the defending champion in the pole vault, and the 3,200 relay team, which was clocked in 9:39.83. Kretchman and Bismarck senior Blythe Ehrmantraut both vaulted 10-9, but Kretchman had the edges in misses.

 Beil said his team is well aware of what it takes to win. The majority of the girls who contributed to last year's winning effort are back.

 "Most of them have been here before. Most of them are pretty familiar with the meet and that includes some of our javelin throwers," he observed. 

  The Eagles state meet veterans contribute in ways that can't be measured by a clock or tape measure.

 "They create a culture that our younger kids grab onto, and that helps to perpetuate it," he pointed out.

 Beil anticipates another strong performance from his team today.

 "We still have high expectations from a lot of kids tomorrow. ... We've got multiple athletes in the finals of the hurdles, the high jump, the 100, 200, 400 and 800," the coach noted.


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