Pair of Jimmies qualify for nationalsThe wind was the big winner Friday at the Northern State Open in Aberdeen. The howling breeze never relented in Aberdeen and made things very difficult, especially for the distance runners. Despite the adverse conditions, two JC men still managed to qualify for nationals.
The wind was the big winner Friday at the Northern State Open in Aberdeen.
The howling breeze never relented in Aberdeen and made things very difficult, especially for the distance runners. Despite the adverse conditions, two JC men still managed to qualify for nationals.
Rob Nelson spun the discus 164 feet, 2 inches, a personal best as part of a strong showing by the JC men in the event.
Trent Roemmich, the star sophomore from Linton, qualified in his second race, this time in the 110 hurdles.
Both JC coaches were pleased with their team’s efforts, especially considering the conditions.
“It was miserable,” men’s coach Ed Crawford said. “The lap races, those poor kids never had a chance.”
Jim Clark, JC women’s coach, agreed.
“It was one of those days where you leave the stopwatch in the bus and just go compete,” he said. “The kids did a good job doing that. They competed hard. Did the best they could.”
Nelson’s 164-2 in the discus was a doozy of a throw and blew away the field. Garrett Tenney (143-11) and Mike Findlay (142-11) placed third and fourth.
“Rob had a real nice throw. That’s a good solid group there for us. Lot of talent,” Crawford said.
Same is true of Roemmich, who qualified for his second event at nationals in six days when he posted a 14.88 in the 100 hurdles, good for third.
Roemmich also won the 400 hurdles with his brother Scott in second, 57.67-58.68.
Jarann Johnson collected another win in the 400, but his time of 51.73 was about 1.5 seconds off last week’s time.
“You’d get to the straightaway and there was a wall of wind — and it never let up the whole day,” Clark said.
Freshman Matt Johnson (42-6.75) won the triple jump. Fellow former Blue Jay Spencer Kamoni was second in the 800 (2:05.35).
Jolynn Warnes and Casey Geffre finished off the heptathlon with solid performances.
Warnes totaled 3,598 points for third overall, led by a second-place effort in the long jump.
Geffre’s 3,192 was second and she won the javelin (88-6) and was second in the 800.
Freshman Taylor Brown topped the field in the high jump, clearing 5-3 to win.
Kayla Byle led a 1-2-3-4 JC finish in the 400 hurdles in 1:10.04. Kadie Savage was second.
Kayla Roemmich had another solid day throwing. She was second in the shot, third in the discus and fifth in the javelin. Beth Segerholm improved her mark in the javelin.
“We were proud of the kids and how they competed, just a pretty tough day to do much,” Clark said,
Complete results of the meet are available at www.jamestownsun.com
The Jimmies compete in the Sioux City Relays April 13-14.
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