Riders Keep Rolling at Davies
Eagle Invite Recap
As has been the theme all season, COVID and weather brought changes to our meet schedule. After poor weather canceled the Bruin Invite on Friday, Davies stepped up to host the Eagle Invite on Saturday. Four teams gathered in Fargo under sunny skies and standard Red River Valley wind conditions. COVID-19 has forced teams to host smaller meets this season, which isn’t always common during the ND high school track season. The RR Boys remained undefeated on the season after finishing atop the team scores.
Final Team Scores
3.Grand Forks Central-68
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Prusak Highlights the Day
Senior distance runner Ryan Prusak shined on Saturday, notching the team’s only state-qualifying performance by winning the 3200m run in 10:00.41. This comes one week after his state qualifying run in the 1600m at last week’s Dual vs. GFC. Unsurprisingly, the RR D-Krew, (3rd place at State XC in 2020), scored the bulk of the team’s points. Junior Dameon Zenawick was a triple winner, placing first in the 1600m (4:37.16), 800m (2:06.52), and 4x400m to score 22.5 points. Sophomores Matt Rongitsch (2nd-4:38.19) and Jonah Dafoe (3rd-4:39.97) finished right behind Zenawick to cap a 29 point, 1-2-3-5-8 placing. In the 800m, a 1-4-5-8 finish brought home 22 points, while the 3200m saw the Riders place 1-4-5-6 (22 points). Rongitsch (13.75 points) and Prusak (10.5 points) all scored in double digits for Dafoe’s D-Krew.
Arason Hits 140’
Sophomore standout Logan Arason turned heads with a state leading 178’7 javelin toss in his first meet. Elbow soreness in his throwing arm has put most of his focus lately into the discus throw. That paid dividends yesterday with his 140’4.5 PR and event win. The throw was the best performance for the Riders in five years and currently ranks #6 in Class A. Also managing a big PR in the discus was senior Sam Sather, who hit 119’0 to place fourth.
Byron/Heydt Lead the Sprints/Jumps Squad
A pair of sophomore hurdlers/jumpers scored big Saturday, with Carter Byron leading the way (25.5 points). He placed 1st in the high jump (5’8-SB, ties PR), 2nd in the 110H (16.61-PR), 3rd in the 300H (44.40-PR), and 3rd in the 4x200m. Heydt won the 110H (16.44), placed 2nd in the triple jump (39’8.75), and anchored the 3rd place 4x200m team. Senior Sam Kruger, essentially a rookie who had not competed in any meets before this season, continued to add to his ever-growing season point total after earning another 16 points Saturday. He placed 2nd in the 200m (23.79-PR), 4th in the triple jump (39’1), and ran legs on both the 4x100m (3rd) and 4x200m (3rd). After four meets, all three athletes sit 1-2-3 in the point standings for the team.
Current Point Totals (as of 4/17/21)
Riders Ranked in the Top Ten in ND Class A
Personal Records (PR)/Season Bests (SB) at the Eagle Invite
The boys voted on captains recently. Here are the results.
Ted Tchomakhidze (sprints)
Dylan Narum (sprints)
Om Panda (middle distance)
Sam Sather (throws)
Marshal Buelow (throws)
Hunter McHenry (distance)
Gannon Brooks (sprints)
The Week Ahead
This will be an exciting week for the Riders, as they have two meets on the schedule. The Davies Eagle Relays, one of the highlights every year for the athletes, will be held on Friday. Only some athletes will compete at this meet, as events are limited. On Saturday, RR and GFC will host the GF Invite at Cushman Field, This meet will have unlimited entries, so any athletes who do not travel on Friday will be able to compete here. Additionally, some athletes will do double duty and compete on both Friday and Saturday. Entries and travel info will be sent out in the coming days.
“This past meet at Davies, it seems everyone on the running side gave their 100%, but on the throwers side we just had a rough time. Not able to get what we want. The people running the meet made sure it was smooth and easy and did a very good job! As a thrower, I’m lucky enough to be with Red River AND Central throwers everyday and it’s insane on how encouraging and enthusiastic the throwers are! When I get the chance at meets to go watch the runners, I get as many throwers as I can to go over and cheer the runners on as loud as we can! So I believe that the RR and Central throwers are very responsible, well mannered, and outgoing which make track and field much more fun!”
-Senior Marshal Buelow
“Overall the D-crew did pretty well. I think this last meet showed we have a lot of guys in the 1600 that are on the cusp of qualifying. For me, I am happy with how the 3200 went. Being able to even-split is a skill we’ve worked on during practice, and it’s nice to see that practice paying off. I look forward to trimming that time down in the future, and watching the whole team get faster as the season progresses.”
– Senior Ryan Prusak
“Even though we were missing a few good runners, we still continued on and captured a decent amount of points. We really showed how good our team is when we are focused and have goals that we want to achieve.”
– Junior Dameon Zenawick
“The results say a kid from Davies pole vaulted 1666’8. That has to be some kind of Inter-Solar System record?”
– Coach Muir