Records Fall at Region Meet

  • May 26, 2022

Despite persistent cold and wind, two longstanding school records were broken at the East Region Meet Saturday. Buoyed by these performances, some surprising sprint relays, and the right arm of Logan Arason, the Riders cruised to a third-place team finish. Projected to score 94 points in the pre-meet phantom finish, the boys outperformed their seeds and totaled 106 points on the day. A great overall team effort in less than ideal conditions. 

Final Team Scores:

1. WF Sheyenne 177

2. Davies 133

3. Red River 106

4. West Fargo 77

5. Grand Forks Central 73.5

6. Fargo South 70.5

7. Fargo North 50

8. Wahpeton 26

9. Devils Lake 10

10. Shanley 9

10. Valley City 9

12.  WF Horace 0

Mythical 4×8 Record Goes Down (8 pts)

For the past 46 years, Roughrider D-Krew members have been trying to break 8 minutes in the 4×8 and match the legendary quartet of Claude Smith, Mark Nelson, Marty Scofield, and Bob Newark, who ran a converted 7:56.54 in 1976. At the time, that was the first team in state history to break 8 minutes. That feat was finally bettered Saturday with an incredible performance from a dedicated group of distance runners. The team of seniors Hunter McHenry, Dameon Zenawick, Tanner Schiller, and junior Jonah Dafoe not only broke 8 minutes, they set a new school record at 7:55.41. Shockingly, the team didn’t even win the race, as an equally talented West Fargo squad nipped them at the line to cross in 7:55.22. Both teams rank 1-2 in the state and look to battle again in Bismarck. 

School Record 4×8 Splits:

  1. McHenry-1:57.6 (#6 All-Time)
  2. Zenawick-1:59.2
  3. Schiller-2:01.9
  4. J Dafoe-1:56.7 (#3 All-Time)

McHenry Gets Redemption in Two-Mile (12 pts)

At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Hunter came within one second of breaking the 3200m school record of 9:28.01 (held by Jeremy Waller since 1986). In a gutsy effort Saturday, Hunter ran 9:26.05 to finish in 2nd place and get his long-desired school record. Zenawick also managed a nice PR in 4th place (9:44.56). The other Riders in the race placed 10-12 with two PR’s. 

10. 9 Elijah Dafoe 10:39.22a Red River

11. 10 David Radke 10:41.66a PR Red River

12. 11 Jake Jenkins 10:42.94a PR Red River

Arason Piles Up 25 Points

Junior Logan Arason was the pre-meet favorite in both the JT and the DT. He delivered in both events, even adding a little drama in each, just to make things interesting. He also placed 4th in the SP to round out the day. 

Javelin-15 points

Arason placed 1st (164’5), winning by four inches over Ethan Manock from Wahpeton. Not seeded to score, junior javelin newcomer Quinn Nelson hit 150’5 to place 5th and qualify for state. Freshman JB Walters, also not projected to score, placed 8th with a PR throw of 143’11. Also in the results:

15. 11 Hudson Kilgore 125-09 Red River

Discus-10 points

Logan added some suspense with fouls on his first two throws. He managed a fair mark on his third and ended the day with a 160’8 toss. Also in the results:

10. 9 James Walters 122-11 PR Red River

12. 11 Hudson Kilgore 121-10 Red River

14. 11 Quinn Nelson 118-03 Red River

36. 9 Jacob Foss 95-10 Red River

Shot Put-4 points

Logan was 4th at 47’11. Finishing as the top freshmen in the meet were Cameron Klefstad (PR-39’1) and JB Walters (39’0). JB was also the top freshman in javelin and the discus. Also in the results:

37. 11 Cooper Schweigert 36-00.00 Red River

44. 11 Michael Belluk 31-05.00 Red River

4×100 (8 points)

Seeded 4th, the team of Mason Reynolds, Severson, Gannon Brooks, and Mikey Mallory ran a blistering 43.79 to place 2nd and turn some heads in the EDC sprint world. The performance ranks #3 All-Time in school history. Considering the temperature, the result was especially impressive. 

4×200 (6 points)

Another tremendous result was the team of Reynolds, Severson, Brooks, and Byron racing to 1:31.15 and a 3rd place finish. Seeded 6th and three seconds slower, the team surprised many onlookers, although not necessarily the athletes or the coach. This specific group had never run together before. They sit #9 All-Time in school history. 

4×400 (4 points)

Two Grants (Lelm and Hoffarth) came to the rescue as substitutes in the 4×4. They joined with Schiller and Lukas Heydt to place an unexpected 5th place out of the slow heat. They finished in 3:38.06.

100m (1 point)

Junior Caleb Severson placed 8th with a time of 11.41. Also in the results:

29. 11 Mikey Mallory 11.93a Red River

30. 9 Pearce Parks 12.07a Red River

31. 9 Brody Andrade 12.08a Red River

43. 9 Mike Andrei Villas 12.88a Red River


No one scored in the 200m. Cold and wind proved tough to run fast times in the conditions. Results:

10. 11 Caleb Severson 23.49a Red River

17. 11 Mason Reynolds 23.83a Red River

23. 9 Brody Andrade 24.30a Red River

26. 11 Mikey Mallory 24.50a Red River

35. 9 Logan Lambl 25.41a Red River

400m (3 points)

Senior Gannon Brooks placed 6th out of the slow heat in 52.23. Both the place and time qualified him for State in the event. Schiller and a trio of underclassmen rounded out the rest of the results. 

11. 12 Tanner Schiller 53.44a Red River

19. 10 Grant Hoffarth 55.41a Red River

30. 8 Jack Helgeson 56.69a PR Red River

31. 10 Josh Neil     56.77a Red River


No Riders placed in the 800, although four PR’s were achieved by four underclassmen. The well does not appear to be dry for the middle distance core in the coming years. 

9. 11 Grant Lelm 2:06.38a PR Red River

18. 10 Carter Rydland 2:11.37a PR Red River

20. 11 Matt Evans 2:13.58a PR Red River

21. 10 Micah Larsen-Schmidt2:13.68a PR Red River

24. 11 Jonah Dafoe 2:16.38a Red River

1600m (4 points)

Zenawick ran a smart race and finished with a season-best time of 4:28.42 (6th place). Elijah Dafoe lowered his own freshman record to a salty 4:29.37 to place 8th. Also in the results:

10. 12 Hunter McHenry 4:34.29a Red River

14. 10 Micah Larsen-Schmidt4:49.27a Red River

16. 11 Jake Jenkins 4:53.63a PR Red River

110m Hurdles (11 points)

Lukas Heydt overcame a poor start to wind up in 2nd place in the high hurdles (15.54). Byron was 6th in a PR of 15.73. Senior Isaac Schall ended his career in a PR time 16.83, placing 10th. Sophomore Ben Strand was 16th in 17.13. 

300m Hurdles (6 points)

Heydt placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.52. Underclassmen and three PR’s rounded out the results.  

11. 10 Josh Neil     43.85a PR Red River

15. 10 Grant Hoffarth 44.50a PR Red River

28. 11 Mikko Angelo Villas 47.67a PR Red River

29. 9 Brady Jongeward 48.73a Red River

Long Jump (6 points)

Byron, seeded 8th, jumped well and placed 3rd with a mark of 20’7.5 to score six important team points. Also in the results:

13. 9 Isaiah Gaye 19-04.00 Red River

17. 12 Simon Haug 19-00.00 Red River

23. 11 Jack Kouba 18-03.00 Red River

26. 11 Andrew Peterson 17-11.75 Red River

Triple Jump (4 points)

For the second year in a row, senior Simon Haug waited until the EDC Meet to qualify for State. Some people just like to make it interesting. He jumped 40’7.5 to place 6th. Freshmen Isaiah Gaye placed 8th with 40’1.5. Also in the results:

11. 11 Lukas Heydt 39-02.50 Red River

15. 10 Ben Strand 38-04.00 Red River

22. 10 Carson Blegen 36-00.50 Red River

Pole Vault (2 points)

Junior Hudson Flom found himself in the unlucky position of 7th place Saturday, meaning he did not qualify for state. He cleared 12’0 along with five other athletes, so it came down to misses. Jack Kouba was 14th at 10’6, while freshman Max Martens made spirited attempts to clear the opening height of 10’0 (above his PR), to no avail. All look to return with a vengeance in 2023. 

High Jump

Unfortunately, no Riders made the opening height of 5’6. All four athletes (Pearce Parks, Ben Strand, Isaac Schall, Mbanzendore Urbain) did make solid attempts, however. 


Full meet results, points, and split can be found HERE. 

Meet Photos can be found HERE. 

For the current Top Marks list, click HERE


The State Meet is all that’s left for the Riders in 2022. Follow along with the action HERE


Full meet results, points, and split can be found HERE. 

Meet Photos can be found HERE. 

For the current Top Marks list, click HERE

The State Meet is all that’s left for the Riders in 2022. Follow along with the action HERE.