Jimmies hit road, twice
With poor weather in South Dakota, the Jimmies found better conditions closer to home on Saturday.
After starting the weekend in Sioux Falls at the Howard Wood Relays, Jamestown College retreated to Concordia on Saturday and collected several wins and a number of PRs.
"We found cold, windy weather on Friday in Sioux Falls and with the forecast for all-day rain there on Saturday, we decided to pack up and head to Moorhead with the limited number of Jimmies we took to Howard Wood," JC women's coach Jim Clark said. "The conditions were a little better and we got to compete in some events we would not have been able to do at Howard Wood."
Aleona Reyes and Samantha Goff capped extremely productive weeks with strong performances Saturday.
Reyes won the 5,000-meter run in Moorhead and her time of 18:14.11 was a career best and sixth-best time in school history.
Goff took a turn in the 1,500 Saturday and was third in a photo finish of 4:47.81, putting her in the top 10 at JC in the event.
"Aleona and Samantha could not have been much more productive than they have been in the last eight days," Clark said. "They are both fit and running great times right now. It is fun to watch them run."
Micki Glass cleared 5-2 to win the high jump and had the bar up to the qualifying height of 5-5. She got close twice, but came up short.
Emerald Gyuricza got over 10-1.74, a PR, to place second in the vault.
Thrower Kayla Roemmich was third in the discus (122-10) and fifth in the shot put (40-2.25).
Taylor Miller had top fives in the 100 and 400, crossing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Sheyenne Stewart was fifth in the 400 hurdles and sixth in the 100.
Bernie Bachel came in fourth in the 400 and Rachel Perish fifth in the half mile.
Jennifer Brandt's 103-11 was a PR in the discus.
The Jimmie men had another strong day hurdling in Moorhead.
John Tyler Petsch flirted with qualifying in the 400 hurdles, winning in 56.77. Scott (57.41) and Trent Roemmich (58.14) were second and third, respectively.
In the 100 hurdles, Trent Roemmich was looking good, but slipped and hit a hurdle, otherwise it would have been a 1-2-3-4 finish. Still, Scott Roemmich's 15.24 took it. Petsch (15.50) and Derek Roemmich (16.02) were the first three across.
"Those guys ran really well," JC men's coach Ed Crawford said. "I was really proud of John Tyler Petsch. He ran a really good race and got close to qualifying."
Elsewhere, pole-vaulter Joe Ikier kept climbing the ladder. He posted another lifetime best of 14-7.25.
Jesse Hacker and Mike Findlay continued strong seasons throwing.
Hacker, a freshman, had a career best of 47-8.50 in the shot put while Findlay sent the discus 152.
Freshman Colton Harkins also PRed, firing the javelin 162 feet.
Crawford also singled out runner Kyle Nielsen, Joe Jensen and Malcolm Jenkins.
Nielsen ran a seasonal-best of 2:06.69 in the 800.
Jensen, a freshman from Jamestown, had a PR of 11:46.31 in the steeplechase.
Jenkins, a sprinter, finished the 100 in 11.56.
"With the weather and then traveling it wasn't ideal for our athletes, but I thought for the most part we did some good things," Crawford said.
The Jimmies' final meet is Friday when they head for Dickinson at the Blue Hawk Invite. Nationals run May 23-25 in Marion, Ind.
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