Culbertson Track Program Enjoys Excellent Turnout
An exceptional turnout has Culbertson High School’s athletes looking forward to the upcoming track season.
Coach Dave Solem said the 37 member squad including 22 boys is the most during his 19 years coaching track in Culbertson.
“It’s the biggest turnout ever,” Solem said. “It’s good numbers and a good bunch of kids to work with. There’s a good, positive spirit.”
A strong area for the Cowboys should be weight events where Colin Avance in the discus, Justice Bengochea in the shot put and Kobe Nickoloff in the javelin all qualified for the state meet last season. Nickoloff placed second in both the javelin and long jump at last year’s divisional meet.
Bridger Salvevold, a sophomore, returns after qualifying for state in both the 200 and 100 last season. Also back is Reese Moon, who placed at the divisional meet in both the long jump and triple jump.
After finishing first at the Eastern C meet last year, the Cowboys return three of their runners in the 400-meter relay. Back are Nickoloff, Moon and Salvevold.
“It’s nice to have the numbers out. We’re excited,” Solem said.
On the girls’ side, the Cowgirls should fare well in the 400-meter relay again after taking third at the divisional meet. Returning for the relay are Destiny Thompson, Makena Hauge and Megan Granbois.
After a solid campaign that included qualifying for last year’s state meet, Granbois looks to reach new heights in the high jump this season/ Kayli Olson shoots to make a return trip to state in the 1600 this spring. The senior earned All-State honors in cross country this past season.
Top athletes in weight events for the girls should include Thompson and Alicyn Ator.
Culbertson might open its season at an indoor meet in Williston, N.D., on Friday, March 24.
“We’re hoping to be better at the end of the year than the beginning,” Solem said.
Goals include placing in the top three at the district meet and qualifying as many athletes for the state meet as possible.
Culbertson is scheduled to travel to Glasgow on Friday,, March 31.
The District 2C track meet is scheduled in Lambert on Tuesday, May 9.
The divisional meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, in Wolf Point.
The state meet is May 2627 in Laurel.