Jays stay competitive in Minn.
Aaron Ford got off to a good start, and he never slowed down.
The Jamestown High senior got ahead of teammate Kyle Schumacher early, and held him off to finish as Jamestown's No. 1 runner for the first time this season at the John Hermes Invite in Fergus Falls, Minn.
The Blue Jays took sixth out of 12 teams, led by Ford's 19th place finish.
"It was a little switch in the front end," JHS coach Ken Gardner said. "All season Kyle has been up front with Aaron on his heels. He reversed that. Aaron went out hard with the top guys this time and laid it on the line early and gave what he had at the end. Kyle made a strong move at the end and ended up pretty close."
Very close, in fact.
Schumacher got right in behind Ford, taking 20th place and finishing in 18 minutes, 20 seconds, trailing his teammate by just four seconds.
Just eight seconds behind those two was Colt Rasmussen, the team's No. 3 runner. He finished 22nd.
"Our top three were right there," Gardner said.
Justus Naumann and Luke Bowman rounded out the times used by Jamestown in the team competition. Jakob Browning and Dan Reimers also competed.
Gardner also saw another close competition between his girls, who combined to finish seventh.
As often is the goal of cross country teams, Jamestown's top five girls were all within a minute of each other, led by Maya Moltzen's time of 17:30, which placed her 27th.
"It's a good goal to get that to within a minute," Gardner said. "That's what our spread was. It's a good place to be. We'll keep working with them and move the pack forward."
Teralyn Coombs was 34th with a 17:51.6 with Ligia Schulz (17:54) right behind her. Bailey Heinert, in her first varsity meet, had the Jays' fourth-best time. Rachel Morin rounded out the Blue Jays' scorers. Amanda Sargeant and Madison Barnes were also in action for Jamestown, which travels to the Rugby Invite on Oct. 5.
19, Aaron Ford, 18:16. 20, Kyle Schumacher, 18:20.6. 22, Colt Rasmussen, 18:28.1. 53, Justus Naumann, 19:55.8. 54, Luke Bowman, 19:57.7 69, Jakob Browning, 20:52.8. 74, Dan Reimers 21:05.6.
27, Maya Moltzen, 17:30.2. 34, Teralyn Coombs 17:51.6. 35, Ligia Schulz, 17:54.7. 37, Bailey Hein ert, 18:04.6. 43, Rachel Morin, 18:30.9. 48 Amanda Sargeant, 19:05.0. 52, Madison Barnes 19:17.3.
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