Jimmies fall short of finalsAn off day Friday will have Jamestown College without a finalist at the NAIA National Indoor meet. Aleona Reyes came close, but fell one place short of reaching the finals in the 1000 meters, while Madey Hornung and Spencer Kamoni also came up a big short in prelim races.
An off day Friday will have Jamestown College without a finalist at the NAIA National Indoor meet.
Aleona Reyes came close, but fell one place short of reaching the finals in the 1000 meters, while Madey Hornung and Spencer Kamoni also came up a big short in prelim races.
“It was a little disappointing. They all tried hard, we just didn’t have our best day,” said JC women’s coach Jim Clark. “Hopefully we can learn from this experience and use it to our advantage in the future. It’s a lot of fun to have finalists. That’s when it gets really raucous and exciting, but we’ll just have to watch and hopefully it will provide motivation.”
Reyes ended up sixth in her heat, and her time of 2:59.01 was not much off her seed time of 2:58.87. The top eight times from the prelims advanced. The eighth-quickest time was 2:58.16.
“Aleona did’t have her best race, but time-wise it wasn’t bad at all,” Clark said of the star sophomore. “When you get to a meet like this they’re all pretty fast runners, and it ended up to where she only had to beat one more time.”
Hornung, a senior, ran a 2:19.85 in the 800, but was a ways off the top eight times.
“Madey ran really good two-thirds of a race. We knew she’d have to catch lighting in a bottle to advance, but she gave it a good effort like she always does,” Clark said.
Kamoni was competing in his first national meet. The pace of the 100 was a little herky jerky and appeared to throw him off.
“It was a goofy race. It sped up and then slowed down and he was right in the pack until the last lap and when they made their kick he made his too they were just a little better,” Clark said.
Kamoni, a sophomore from Jamestown, posted a 2:36.96, which was off his best time by more than four seconds.
Still, they was plenty to be upbeat about as the outdoor season approaches.
“(We) exceeded expecations,” Clark said. “Hopefully we can carry this over into outdoor and have a good season there too.”
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