Mandan News

April athletes of the month

(l-r) Lucas Bussman and Kayla Helbling

(l-r) Lucas Bussman and Kayla Helbling

Here are the Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club athletes of the month for April:


Lucas Bussman – Track and Field


Parents: D’Aulan Bussman

Grade: Senior


At the Karlgaard Invite, Lucas Bussman placed sixth in the 1600 meter run, fourth in the 800 meter run and helped the Braves to a sixth place finish in the meet. At the All-City Outdoor Meet in Bismarck, Bussman placed fifth in the 800 meter run with a state qualifying time, and helped his teammates to a third place finish in the 1600 meter relay and third place finish in the meet.

Boys Track and Field Head Coach Leon Kary said, “Lucas has developed into a very good middle distance to long distance runner for the Braves over the last four years. His leadership, desire, hustle and work ethic has inspired teammates young and old to put forth their best efforts.”

In addition to track and field, Bussman competes in soccer, cross country and hockey. He also participates in the MHS Chieftan and the drama department.

Upon graduation, Bussman will be enlisting in the Army, and will begin basic training in July. His training will be complete in December.

Bussman also plans to attend Bismarck State College for two years, and then transfer to further his education.


Kayla Helbling – Track and Field


Grade: Junior

Parents: Donald and Lisa Helbling


Kayla Helbling has been a constant force in the Braves girls sprint relays teams, qualifying for state in both the 400 and 800 relays, and has also been a steady scorer for her team in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Throughout the month of April, she has been one of the team’s most consistent athletes, and has worked extremely hard at improving her performances.

Girls Track and Field Head Coach Mike Kuhn said of Helbling, “Kayla has been a huge contributor to our track and field team, by way of her performance, leadership, and the superb example that she sets. She doesn’t do things with a ‘that’s good enough’ attitude. It’s ‘all out,’ Braves style.”

Head Coach Kuhn continued: “She is the type of athlete that can take a coaching cue or criticism, and go to work on it… Kayla is also an exceptional student, who achieves at the highest level, and at the same time is involved in a host of other school activities.”

In addition to track, Helbling also competes in golf. She is a member of both the FCCLA and the National Honor Society.