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Jimmie twosome busts out

Junior Michael Brousseau broke teammate Garrett Tenney’s school mark in the weight throw on Thursday in Bemidji.

Tenney must have taken that personally.

The University of Jamestown senior responded by later besting Brousseau’s mark of 54 feet, 11.25 inches. He threw a 55-9.25, re-claiming his record. Both throws were good enough to qualify for NAIA Indoor Nationals.

“When Mike threw first and qualified, it was kind of a shock,” Jamestown coach Ed Crawford said. “I’ll be darn if Garrett didn’t take it back.

“They really do a good job of pushing each other and making each other better.”

The two will throw against each other at nationals, which is set for March 6-8 in Genevo, Ohio.

“There’s always more there,” Crawford said of the duo’s potential. “We’re real proud of what those guys did.”

Crawford said Tenney’s mark puts him around 14th in the country. The top eight throwers at nationals earn All-American status.

“There’s about five guys in front of him that are real close,” Crawford said. “If he gets behind a throw and has a good mark, maybe he can get one of those last spots and get All-American.”

Though the shot put competition was a clear highlight, the Jimmies had numerous strong performances, even with many athletes staying home for academic purposes — not uncommon with middle of the week meets.

Joe Ikier stayed consistent, finishing second in the pole vault with a 14 feet, 1.25 inches. Isaac Goedtke (52.93) and Austin Mack (53.13) were second and third in the 400, respectively. Jesse Hacker’s throw of 46-1.25 was good for fourth in the shot put, while Connor Doppler  was fourth in the 3,000 (9:26.55).

“That was probably the best second half of a race I’ve seen him run,” Crawford said. “He’s worked real, real hard.”

The women had multiple winners, but coach Jim Clark was most pleased with getting his 3,200 qualified for nationals. The foursome of Aleona Reyes, Sam Goff, Christa Lysne and Tiffany Jackson combined to run a time of 9:30.49.

“Our main goal was to run a better time in that relay,” he said.

Erin Gorman and Schumacher finished first (1:01.89) and second (1:02.16), respectively, in the 400. Schumacher was also second in the 60 hurdles (9.93).

The Jimmies devastated the pack in the 800, taking the top three spots, led by Goff’s 2:27.98. Jackson (2:30.30) and Mikki Glass (2:32.09) weren’t far behind.

Lysne won the 1,000 with a 3:07.99, while Reyes won yet another race, capturing top honors in the 3,000 with a 10:47.52.

Glass and Taylor Brown tied for second in the high jump with marks of 5 feet, 2.5 inches, and Glass added a third-place finish of 16-2.5 in the long jump to her credit. Clark said he’s hoping Glass’ performances move her up the list in the pentathlon.

With only nationals remaining in the indoor season, Clark said this last meet was a good way to end for those athletes who won’t have a meet until April, when the outdoor season gets going.

“We just want them to finish on a good note,” Clark said. “We want them to feel good about themselves. And most ran good times and had good distances.”

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or

Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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