The Minot High School track and field teams will compete in today's West Region meet in Dickinson with depleted rosters.
At full strength, the Magicians and Majettes would be vying for third-place team finishes behind the loaded rosters of Bismarck High and Bismarck Century.
On the girls side, MHS will largely be without nine-time state champion Morgan Milbrath. The senior is recovering from a hamstring strain and will only compete in the 300-meter hurdles - her final chance to qualify for state in a fourth event. The Majettes can usually count on Milbrath for 40 points, if she runs in four events. She has already qualified in the 100, 200 and 400.
The boys team will be hindered by the suspensions of three athletes. MHS coach Aaron Klingbeil declined to name the athletes and the reason for the disciplinary action.
"Our relays will not be at full strength," Klingbeil said.
Klingbeil was hoping to see an improvement in his team's 400 relay time to ensure a spot in the fast heat next weekend at the state meet.
Sophomore sprinter Karter Gorney and junior jumper Alex Yanosko are the team's best shot at individual victories. Gorney's 10.90 seconds in the 100 is the best mark in the state this season and he is one of three sprinters to run the third-best time in the 200 at 22.53. Century's Drew Wiseman and Dickinson's Jace Dukart are Gorney's top competitors in both races.
Yanosko has the state's fourth-best mark in the triple jump and second best in the region at 44 feet even. Yanosko will also be a part of the relay teams.
Klingbeil is eager to see how a pair of seniors will do as their careers wind down. Dylan Jechort will compete in the long jump and races. R.J. Barker has flourished this season in sprinting events.
"(Jechort's) thrown out some really big jumps and, other than that, we're finding his 100 speed to be better," Klingbeil said.
Sophomore sprinter and jumper Sophie Bengson has recorded top-five triple jumps and will be key to the girls relays. Eleven girls have qualified for the state meet and MHS coach Michelle Hoff hopes to have four more athletes qualify.
"We're looking at Kylie Alexander in the 300 hurdles and looking at our 4x800 relay team and a couple throwers in the discus and javelin," Hoff said.
Alexander, a freshman, qualified in the 100 and 200 at Monday's last chance meet in Bismarck.