UJ women qualify relays
Getting a pair of relays qualified for nationals was the A-I goal for the Jimmie women Saturday in Moorhead.
Jim Clark’s University of Jamestown women’s team won the Distance Medley Relay at the Cobber Duals and qualified the 3,200-meter relay team.
“Our primary mission today was to attempt to qualify our two distance medley relays. Mission accomplished,” Clark said.
Samantha Goff delivered the top split in the 4x800 running the anchor leg as the Jimmies’ posted a time of 9:50.33. Freshmen Tiffany Jackson, Brooke Grooters and Christa Lysne ran the opening three legs.
Goff and Lysne were half of the DMR and it was senior All-American Aleona Reyes that brought home in “powerful” fashion, according to Clark.
Goff ran 1,200 meters, Kayla Schumacher 400, Lysne 800 and Reyes brought it home with the final 1,600 in a winning time of 12:36.41.
Both teams earned trips to national March 6-8 in Geneva, Ohio.
Individually, Schumacher added a seventh in the 60 hurdles.
Taylor Brown and Micki Glass went 4-5 in the long jump. Brown cleared 5-1.5 and has already punched her ticket for Ohio in the event.
Emerald Gyuricza was third in the pole vault at 10-6.25, while Nikki Iverson was fifth in the triple jump.
Jennifer Brandt’s 39-2 was a PR in the weight throw. Erin Gorman ran her best 60 hurdles in 10.08.
The men’s team took limited numbers to Concordia, but nearly won a relay.
Only a couple shaky handoffs kept Andrew Banken, Evan Schreiner, Caleb Garcia and Tyler Streif from winning the 4x200.
“We should’ve won that,” men’s coach Ed Crawford said. “Those handoffs cost us and Dickinson State passed us at the end.”
Garcia added a fifth in the 200 meters in 23.29 seconds.
Garrett Tenney and Mike Brousseau went 5-6 in the weight throw, with Brousseau a lifetime best.
Keith Rogers went 20-8 in the long jump for fifth and Joe Ikier was sixth in the pole vault.
“It was a decent meet. Nothing too exciting. We didn’t run a lot of people. We have a lot of people banged up,” Crawford said. “Hopefully we can have a much better meet next week.”
The Jimmies head east again this weekend, competing at the Thundering Herd Classic Friday and Saturday at the Bison Sports Arena.
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