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Three individual titles, a new state record and a team championship.

What a way to close out a stellar high school track career.

Hazen's Grace Zimmerman captured top honors in the 100, 200 and 400 at the MDU Resources Community Bowl on Saturday to lead the Hazen Bison to their fourth consecutive Class B girls track and field state championship.

Zimmerman, the Class B girls senior athlete of the year, posted winning times of 12.44 seconds in the 100, 25.20 in the 200 and 56.50 in the 400. Her time in the 400 set a new state record, breaking the previous mark of 56.58, set in 1999 by Hillsboro's Kinsey Coles.

Zimmerman also anchored the second-place 1,600-meter relay team, which finished 1.17 seconds behind record-setting Hillsboro-Central Valley (4:00.24). Her efforts propelled the Bison to a 65-point weekend and the second four-peat in school history. Hazen won six straight titles in the 1990s (1993 through 1998).

The Bison finished eight points ahead of second-place Hillsboro-CV. Park River-Fordville-Lankin (50), Rugby (49) and Dickinson Trinity (49) rounded out the top five.

"All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better end to my high school career," said Zimmerman, who will take her talents to North Dakota State University this fall. "Winning three (individual) events is what I had hoped for, and the state record is a bonus. We were disappointed that we didn't win the 1,600 relay, but we still ran our best time of the season (4:01.41). The most exciting thing that happened this weekend was winning another team title. I'll take team accomplishments over individual ones any day. I'm so proud of our team. We worked really hard to win another title, and we did it."

Of her three victories, Zimmerman said the open 400 was the most satisfying. She placed second in that event last year.

"The 400 was what I really wanted. I won titles in the 100 and 200 last year, but I came up short in the 400," she said. "I was so determined to win this time, and that pushed me from start to finish."

The Bison also got a victory from their 800-meter relay team on Saturday. Elise Hintz, Hannah Sailer, Raquel Doll and Katie Duttenhefer covered the distance in 1:44.52.

Hazen's 400-meter relay team added a second-place finish; Doll came in fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, and Hintz placed fifth in the 200.

"It was another team effort," Zimmerman said. "A lot of girls came through for us this weekend. It was that way each year for the last four years."

Hazen's John Ward was named Class B girls coach of the year.

Hillsboro-CV's record-setting 1,600-meter relay team consisted of Reagan Baesler, Grace Dryburgh, Jensyn Zink and Gracie Wright. Hillsboro-CV set the previous mark of 4:02.21 in 2016.

Earlier, Wright repeated in the 800 (2:18.20).

Park River-FL posted a state-record time of 49.66 seconds in the 400-meter relay. Elaina Swartz, Vanessa Cooper, Julia Sveen and Beatirce Kjelland carried the baton. Carrington set the previous mark of 50.01 in 2004.

Swartz became a two-time state champion in the 300-meter hurdles (43.50 seconds). The senior also went for a repeat in the 100-meter hurdles, but finished third behind champion Faith Beck of Dickinson Trinity (15.13) and runner-up Izzy Shirek of Thompson.

Lana Krack of Thompson made it two titles in two days with a victory in the 3,200 (11:19.20). Krack dominated the event, winning by 13.14 seconds over second-place Quinn Neppl of Benson County.

This year's pole vault state champion is Rugby's Maria Blessum, who cleared the bar at 11 feet.

Caitlyn Vogel of Des Lacs-Burlington long-jumped 17 feet, 3.5 inches to a state championship, and Steena Larsen of Killdeer pulled off a surprise in the discus, winning with a throw of 117 feet, 9 inches. The junior, who started throwing the discus this season, was seeded No. 8 in the state meet with a season-best 111-6.

"I'm surprised. I came here just hoping to get to the finals and place," Larsen said. "I threw 117 in the preliminaries and I didn't think it would hold up, but it did. I just started throwing the discus this year and when I started, I was throwing in the 80s. But I kept at it and improved every week." 

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