Reyes sets new recordAleona Reyes put another notch in her belt on Saturday.
Aleona Reyes put another notch in her belt on Saturday.
The Jamestown College sophomore standout set a new Olson Forum Fieldhouse record in the 1000, running the race in a time of 2:58.87 to beat Minot State standout Courtney Schall in her first-ever outing in the race. She became just the fifth Jimmie to run the 1000 in less than three minutes.
Spencer Kamoni, a sophomore from Jamestown on the men’s team, accounted for the only other win for the Jimmies on Saturday at the Cobber Invite in Moorhead.
Reyes also had anchored the Jimmies Distance Medley Relay team, which clipped the NAIA qualifying mark of 12:51.31.
“Aleona had an incredible day,” said JC women’s coach Jim Clark, who also pointed out her career-best 8-9 in the pole vault.
Reyes qualified earlier in the mile.
Madey Hornung, who was second individually in the 800, Stephanie Erlandson and Mallory Souder rounded out the DMR quartet.
“It is sure nice to have a relay qualified already at this point in the indoor season,” Clark said. “The DMR team put forth a lot of effort to reach the qualifying mark, but we can and will run a lot faster in that relay a month from now.”
The Jimmies were second in all three relays and had several other placers.
Taylor Brown was second in the high jump (4-11.75) after two wins to open the season.
Ashley Cooper ran in the 4x4 and 4x2 relays and was fifth in the 60 hurdles (9.81). Taylor Miller and Alyssa Sanders joined her in both relays and Kayla Byle was in the 4x4.
Mallory Johannes was fifth in the high jump (4-11.75), while Jolynn Warnes was sixth in the 100 hurdles (10.00). Andrea Markwart was sixth in the 1000 (2:34.50), Moriah Juhl seventh in the 3000 (2:27.44) and Keiley Sampson eighth in the pole vault (7-9.25).
Kamoni came into the indoor season in prime shape and has looked it.
He skunked the field Saturday and essentially was running alone in his winning 1:58.51, which was just 1.2 seconds from qualifying for nationals.
“Spencer really committed himself to getting in shape and it’s paying off for him,” JC men’s coach Ed Crawford said. “He keeps getting better and better and I really think he has a chance to qualify for nationals. He’s really motivated and it’s great to see.”
Crawford spoke the same way of Jarann Johnson, who continued his fast start to the season.
The junior from California was second in the 400 (51.048) and sixth in the 200 (23.38) right behind teammate Brent Jansen (23.31), a PR.
“Jarann has really done a nice job for us. He’s another kid that’s really motivated and you can see that by the way he is running right now.”
Trent Roemmich also continued to sparkle, and is just a whisker off from qualifying. His runner-up time of 8.44 is just .04 away from nationals. And his time was comfortably the best of all college athletes in the meet, which was made up of MSU-Moorhead, Concordia, Mary, Valley City State, Minn.-Morris, Minot State, Presentation College and NDSU.
“Trent ran a really good race. He just missed nationals, but he’ll get there,” Crawford said.
Matt Johnson, a freshman from Jamestown, had lifetime bests in both the triple jump (42-4.25), where he was second, and the long jump (19-11).
The Jimmies talented throwing trio of Rob Nelson, Mike Findlay and Garrett Tenney also delivered.
Nelson’s 45-2.25 was the second-best throw in the meet and Findlay was third (44-9).
“Real pleased with Rob and Mike. Those were good solid throws,” Crawford said.
Tenney is relatively new to the weight throw, but he launched it 50-8 for fourth. Findlay (49-11.75) was fifth.
“Garrett has a lot of talent. To get back that 50-foot mark is a big deal. He’s really improving,” Crawford said.
Full results of the meet can be found at www.jamestownsun.com.
The Jimmies head back to Moorhead on Saturday for the Cobber Duals.
“We’re coming along. I’m happy with the progress,” Crawford said. “The guys that are working hard and doing the right things are getting better every week.”
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