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Three Jimmies qualify

Three University of Jamestown track and field athletes earned trips to nationals on Tuesday at the Cobber Twilite meet in Moorhead.

Aleona Reyes and Sam Goff each sewed up spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while ace thrower Garrett Tenney added a hammer throw invite to go along with his previous qualifying-effort in the discus.

“It was nice weather and good things start to happen when you have good weather,” said UJ women’s coach Jim Clark. “It’d be nice if this was fourth fifth meet of the year, but it’s not.”

It was just the third outside meet for the Jimmies. The fourth was supposed to be at home Saturday, but the annual Al Cassell Relays will be moved to Valley City with the track at Taylor Stadium not up to snuff.

Meanwhile, Reyes and Goff went 2-3 in the steeplechase in times of 11:17.78 and 11:19.30, respectively. Reyes had provisionally qualified, but made it official Tuesday.

Both also ran legs in the Jimmies’ winning 4x800 relay team along with 9:38.40 along with Tiffany Jackson and Christa Lysne.

In the 4x400 relay, Kayla Schumacher, Erin Gorman, Kayla Byle and Bre Carlson teamed for a winning time of 4:14.34.

Schumacher added a second in the 100 hurdles (16.19) and third in the 400 hurdles (68.06) to continue her strong season.

Lysne (4:52.84), Jackson (5:01.64), Brooke Grooters (5:12.86) and Leah Oien (5:37.86) each had significant PRs 1,500.

Carlson, a JHS product, notched third in the 200-meter dash (26.26) in a big PR and was fourth in the 100 (13.00).

Jolynn Warnes (3rd), Josie Bopp (4) and Nikki Iverson (7th) led the jumpers. Iverson was also fourth in the triple, while Taylor Brown took fifth in the high jump.

Tenney’s hammer heave of 176-5 beat the qualifying standard. He’s also going to Gulf Shores, Ala., next month in the discus.

Mike Brousseau was close to qualifying in the hammer too at 166-8, his best throw to date.

Kaleb Garcia was the top 400 hurdler in the field, winning in 55.11. Trent Roemmich (57.09) and Austin Mack (59.23) went 4-7.

In the high hurdles, Garcia and Roemmich went 2-3 in 15.45 and 15.63.

The Jimmies had a pair of runner-up relays.

Tyler Streif, Justin Larsen, Ricky Hanna and Schreiner crossed 44.82 in the 400.

Garcia, Roemmich, Isaac Goedtke and Mack tag-teamed for second in the 4x4 at 3:24.92.

In the 5,000, Klinton VanHeuveln PRed by 10 seconds with a time of 17:20.40, good for third overall.

Pole-vaulter Joe Ikier finished fourth.

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Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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