Jimmies take to the track
If you’re looking for a sign of spring through the long winter there’ll be one in Aberdeen today.
“The first meet is always exciting, especially for freshmen,” Clark said.
The men’s team lacks depth, and is young.
“You hope to build some things and carry it over into the outdoor season,” he said. “We’re a pretty young team.”
Aleona Reyes, Nikki Iverson, Taylor Brown, Samantha Goff and Rachel Perish are returning national-meet qualifiers. Perish is injured, but the other four will compete today.
Iverson was the lone Jimmie to qualify for indoor and outdoor nationals last year. Reyes placed fifth at nationals in the steeplechase and is coming off an All-American finish in cross country.
Kayla Schumacher, Micki Glass, Josie Bopp and Alyssa Sanders are experienced returners coming off good seasons.
Meghan Kratofil leads the throwing contingent, while soccer player Jolynn Warnes will compete in multi-events.
Glass, Iverson and Warnes got a jump on the rest of the team Friday.
Glass made a strong debut in the pentathlon, placing second out of nine with 2,872 points at the NSU event. The senior from Boise, Idaho, finished behind only Hannah Treinen (3,030) of Northern State.
Glass cleared 5-foot-3 in the high jump, which is near the national-qualifying mark.
“She did well,” Clark said Friday night from Aberdeen. “She has the possibility of improving a little bit in all of those areas.”
Warnes (2,756) finished sixth and Iverson (2,642) seventh. Warnes led the three Jimmies in the 55 hurdles (9.21). Iverson, who qualified for nationals last year in the pentathlon, got off to a slow start, but finished strong in the 800 meters and long jump.
The men’s team brings back three solid throwers in Garrett Tenney, Mike Brousseau and Jesse Hacker. Tenney and Brousseau also play football.
“Those guys have a lot of potential to have good seasons,” Crawford said.
Conner Doppler, who will run the 3K today, drew praise from Crawford.
Hurdler Caleb Garcia has made good strides. Evan Schreiner in the sprints and pole-vaulter Joe Ikier showed promise last season.
“We hope to get some good things accomplished,” Crawford said. “It’s just the first meet and still pretty early, so we’ll see what happens.”
Northern State Pentathlon
At Aberdeen, Friday
1, Hannah Treinen, NSU, 3,030; 2, Nikki Glass, UJ, 2,872; 3, Jessica Fossum, DWU, 2,848; 4, Leandra Schlecht, NSU, 2,808; 5, Madeline Fluharty, Unattached, 2,796; 6, Jolynn Warnes, UJ, 2,756; 7, Nikki Iverson, UJ, 2,642; 8, Ariana Arrampatzis, DWU, 2,317; 9, Michaela Schlecht, NSU, 2,159.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org