BISMARCK - Karter Gorney will cross the finish line three times today at the state track and field meet and the sophomore has a legitimate shot at being the first each time.
Gorney ran a personal best of 10.78 seconds in a 100-meter dash preliminary heat to earn the top seed in today's final and anchored two sprint relays that also earned spots in the center lanes.
"I got a whole bunch left for tomorrow," Gorney said. "There was a false start (in the 100 prelim) and I thought it was me, so after that I kind of got more nervous than I normally do and I think that's what helped."
Minot High School sophomore Karter Gorney prepares to run the final leg of a 400-meter relay preliminary heat in the state meet Friday at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
Gorney entered the meet with the state's top time of 10.83 and held little back in qualifying. He was the only sprinter to make the final in under 11 seconds.
"We knew Karter was gonna be in there and in the hunt and everything, but (Dylan Jechort) sliding in took extra effort," MHS coach Aaron Klingbeil said.
Jechort, the only senior on the 400 and 800 relays, picked up the ninth and final spot in the 100 final in 11.27 seconds. Gorney will face tough competition and will be flanked by Fargo South senior Zach Prekel and Devils Lake freshman Bradley Davidson. Both ran the next-fastest time in 11.08.
In the 800 relay, MHS dominated its heat in 1:32.30 to win by more than a second. The 800 lineup of junior Josh Pizzo, Jechort, junior Alex Yanosko and Gorney is the same in the 400, where the Magicians snagged the top preliminary time of 43.51. MHS was the only team to run under 44 seconds.
"I think it's all in handoffs," Gorney said. "We've been working on handoffs all week. We've always had the speed, but it was always the handoffs. We worked on handoffs for a week straight and improved by two seconds and now we're on top."
MHS is tied for sixth with Fargo Shanley at eight points. Bismarck High leads with 84 points after dominating the 1600 with the top-four finishers, winning the 3200 relay and taking first with two other scorers in the triple jump. West Fargo is second with 38 points, Grand Forks Red River is third with 25 and Fargo Davies is fourth with 16.
Favorite Bismarck Century is fifth with just 13, but the Patriots are primed for a huge day with their sprinters and throwers.
Yanosko took third in the triple jump and the 3200 relay picked up the team's other two points.