Milbrath leads MHS at indoor track meet

Minot girls track coach Melissa Solper kept things in perspective following the West Region opener at the Minot State University Dome on Tuesday.

Other than NDSU-bound sprinter Morgan Milbrath, no other Majette triumphed at the seven-team indoor meet.

Bismarck Century and Bismarck High combined to win 10 of the 14 events, but Solper knows the indoor version isn’t too indicative of what’s ahead.

“We use these meets for the kids to get used to how a meet is run,” said Solper, who coaches hurdlers. “We use them for practice, conditioning and to get ready for the outdoor season.”

The event modified the most indoors – the 55-meter dash – saw Milbrath (7.16 seconds) edge Century’s Haley Smith (7.20) in a battle of the region’s top sprinters. Milbrath, who already owns nine state titles and a slew of school records, breezed to a win in the 400 (59.75), besting second-place Morgan Miller of Bismarck (1:02.40).

Mandan’s Chelsea Peterson was the meet’s other multi-event winner, running past the field in the 55-meter hurdles (8.61) and 200-meter dash (27.41).

Minot sophomore hurdler Sophie Bengson, a state-placer a year ago, was just behind Peterson in the hurdles (9.16) and took second. The Majettes also took third in event, as Kylie Alexander (9.18) was on Bengson’s heels.

Meg Super (2:42.25) placed fifth for the Majettes in the 800 and Kelly Wu locked down the fifth spot in the 200 (28.00).

“It was good to see some of the younger girls compete that didn’t make it to (the season-opening meet at NDSU) last weekend,” Solper said. “It was nice to see where they were at.”

Junior distance runner Jayden Moum (2:32.37) was just behind Super in the 800 and took sixth place. Loni Bryantt rounded out Minot’s placers, finishing sixth in the 200 (28.09).

“It was good having some of our girls compete, especially in those distance races,” Solper said. “You need to have that competition to push you to the next level.”

Williston also finished the meet with four placewinners. Keaten Ell led the Coyotes after taking third in the 55-yard dash behind Milbrath and Smith, and Amanda Nelson took fifth in the high jump (4 feet, 9 inches). Nelson was eighth in the 55 hurdles (9.75) and and Olivia Larson was eighth in the 800 (2:43).

The Majettes begin their outdoor season April 6 at Magic City Campus.