BISMARCK - With attention focused on his older sister, Abbey, becoming the first Minot State University track and field athlete to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships, Bottineau junior Harrison Aide made history of his own.
Aide broke Lisbon's Scott Carlblom's Class B state record of 14 feet, nine inches set in 2001 with a vault of 15 feet. Aide successfully defended his state title after Lisbon senior Jace Berg failed to clear the bar at 13-06.
"I got on a roll after I got to 14 feet," Aide said. "The nerves went away. I don't know why I was nervous. I never get nervous for this. After I calmed down, I got in a rhythm and tried to beat my dad's record."
Aide's father and coach, Mark, holds the family record with a vault of 15-04.50. Although Harrison didn't best his father's mark, he said it was still a successful day.
"Jumping 15 feet was my biggest goal for the weekend," Aide said. "If I achieved that, I had a pretty good chance of winning the state title."
Mark Aide joked that he stopped coaching after Harrison hit 15 feet in an attempt to keep his record alive. But his coaching, beginning when Harrison was much younger, did help his son reach a new plateau.
"We started him off early," Mark Aide said. "He was a first-grader when he got a pole. Starting early is key to pole vaulting most of the time."
Page, Hageness not hampered by injuries
Carrington senior Josey Page and Rugby junior Nigel Hageness are not letting injuries affect their performances on the track.
Page and Hageness are fighting season-long injuries. For Page, her injury started during the basketball season when she tore the ACL in her right knee. She opted to postpone surgery and defend her 200-meter title.
Hageness has been dealing with hamstring injuries in both legs. Hagness hurt his right hamstring a few weeks ago and injured his left hamstring a week later. The junior didn't run in the regional meet as a precaution, but looks primed to defend his titles in the 100 and 200.
"I could feel it in the 200," Hageness said. "In the 100 it wasn't too bad because I didn't exactly run my hardest."
Both sprinters posted the top times in their respective 100-meter dash preliminary heats. Page ran a 12.38 in the first heat, beating Hazen sophomore Dakota Wood by 0.27 seconds. Her time edged out Central Cass junior Gabby Grommesh, who won her heat in 12.45.
"I was a little nervous in the 100 because my blocks aren't the best, but I ended up with the fastest time so it worked out," Page said.
Hageness tied for the top 100 time on the boys side with Lisbon senior Nathan Mangin. Both ran the prelim in 10.91. Hagness won his heat, finishing .33 seconds in front of Carrington sophomore Seth Abaurrea.
"I've been working hard in physical therapy and I knew I'd be able to run," Hageness said. "I feel more like I'm out of shape than rested."
The sprinters had similar success in the 200. Page posted the top qualifying time with a 25.39, .23 seconds in front of Kindred sophomore Alexandra Erickson. Page ran a 25.80 to win last year's state title.
Hageness shaved off a second from his state-qualifying time in the 200 to win his heat with a time of 22.17. Hageness' time was second to Stanley-Powers Lake senior Skyler Tangsrud (22.03).
Carrington, Watford City girls atop team standings
After five events, the Carrington girls track and field team has a slim lead heading into the final day of the state tournament.
The Cardinals placed in the top eight in each event Friday and junior Kayla Hochhalter won the state title in the discus. Carrington totaled 29 points with a first-place, second-place, two fourth-places and one eighth-place finish.
Watford City sits four points behind Carrington in its bid to unseat the defending state champion. The Wolves won two events and finished fifth and eighth in their other two events.
Watford City freshman Asha Smith won the 1600 by nearly two seconds with a time of 5:20.32. Senior McKayla Haugeberg won the pole vault with a vault of 11-03.