DICKINSON, N.D. — Cleet Wrzesinski was named the North Star Athletic Association men’s track athlete of the year on Friday.
Wrzesinski, a former standout at Ennis and Baker high schools who now competes at Dickinson State University, set the NSAA conference records in the 110-meter hurdles (14.45 seconds) and 400-meter hurdles (54.84 seconds) at the NSAA conference meet. Wrzesinski added a second-place finish in the long jump (7.0 meters), third-place finish in the 400-meter run (49.37 seconds) and fifth-place finish in the pole vault (3.95 meters).
Wrzesinski, a sophomore, also won the decathlon at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center. He scored 6,275 points, outpacing second place by nearly 700 points. Wrzesinski placed in the top three in every event except the javelin, winning the decathlon 110 hurdles, 400, 1,500, high jump and pole vault.
Wrzesinski wasn’t the only Montanan to star at the NSAA conference meet. Cain Boschee, a former Kalispell Glacier High School standout, won his fourth consecutive outdoor championship in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in a conference-record 10.46 seconds. Boschee added a win in the 200 with a time of 21.32 seconds.
Tyler Quilling of Sidney won the triple jump (14.32 meters) and Blade Miller of Billings West won the shot put (15.67 meters) to help the Dickinson State men to a second-place team finish.
The DSU women earned the NSAA conference team title for the third consecutive year, getting individual wins from four Montanans.
Taylor Ludwig, a sophomore from Laurel won the 400-meter run in 58.10 seconds; Bailey Smith, a sophomore from Kalispell Glacier, won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 24.73 seconds; Emily Kuehn, a freshman from Glendive, won the 1,500-meter run in 5:19.35; and Alyssa Wisher, a sophomore from Kalispell Flathead, won the javelin with a throw of 42.25 meters.
Kuehn and Smith also ran legs on Dickinson State’s winning 3,200-meter relay team.
For complete results from the NSAA conference meet, please click here.
The NAIA national qualifiers will next compete at the 2019 NAIA national championship meet May 23-25 at Gulf Shores, Ala.