Reyes places second at Jimmie InvitationalDespite the 20-plus mph wind gusts in and around the area, Jamestown College women’s cross country coach Jim Clark described Friday’s Jimmie Invitational at Jamestown’s Hillcrest golf Course as quite competitive. And, as is usually the norm when healthy, the Jimmies’ Aleona Reyes finished near the top of the leaderboard.
By: By Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Despite the 20-plus mph wind gusts in and around the area, Jamestown College women’s cross country coach Jim Clark described Friday’s Jimmie Invitational at Jamestown’s Hillcrest golf Course as quite competitive.
And, as is usually the norm when healthy, the Jimmies’ Aleona Reyes finished near the top of the leaderboard.
The junior from Belen, New Mexico entered the meet having just won her second consecutive Roe Granger Invitational in Aberdeen last Friday, after battling illness and injury issues earlier this season.
Reyes crossed the line in a time of 19:01 to win in Aberdeen, and on Friday she posted a second-place time of 19:12 in Jamestown. Minnesota State University-Moorhead’s Molly Montonye ran away with the top spot in a blistering time of 18:52.
“Aleona ran a good race, chasing (Montonye),” Clark said. “Aleona was about a minute behind Montonye in the Griak meet, so this was not a bad effort.
“The times this year (at the Jimmie Invite) were generally a little slower than last year, probably because of the 20 mph winds.”
The Concordia Cobbers took top team honors with a score of 35, led by Hannah Knickerbocker and Morgan Christian who finished third and fourth, respectively. The Cobbers had four runners finish in the top 10.
Jamestown finished third with a score of 68.
Samantha Goff was the Jimmies’ second runner in the top 10 on Friday. The freshman from Danvers, Minn., crossed in 20:07.
“Samantha Goff ran another nice race to finish eighth,” Clark said. “She seemed to drop off the pace in the middle but picked up a few runners in the hills at the end.”
Jamestown College’s Katie Blais tied her season best (20:47) to finish 17th, while Andrea Markwart posted a top 20 finish in 20th with a time of 20:59.
McKenna Hauschild (22:07) finished 31st and Sheyenne Stewart (22:33) came home 36th.
“Andrea Markwart ran about where she has all season. She has had a consistent year,” Clark said. “Stewart, who has been our No. 5 runner most of the season, has hip pain and did not have her best race today.”
Bernie Bachel (22:34) and Elizabeth Entzel (22:36) finished 40th and 41st, respectively, for the Jimmies.
“McKenna Hauschild and Biz Entzel took the biggest steps forward, with McKenna taking 14 seconds off her previous best of the season and Biz dropping her season best time by 29 seconds,” Clark said. “Biz was especially surprising as she has been nursing a hip injury for the past couple of weeks.”
The Jimmies will be traveling to Yankton, S.D. next Saturday to compete in the Mt. Marty Invitational.
“I don’t think we have hit any kind of peak yet,” Clark said. “So perhaps next week at the Mt. Marty Invite, we can get over the hump with a little better overall performance.”
On the men’s side, the Jimmies placed fourth with a team score of 91. The team was led with a pair of top 20 performances by ill-feeling Dave Londe and Spencer Kamoni.
Londe, running at about 70 percent because of a lingering cold, finished 13th with a time of 29:02 and Kamoni placed 17th with a time of 29:13.
“Dave ran a pretty darn good race,” JC men’s coach Ed Crawford said.
The big highlight was the work of freshman Connor Doppler (29:39) and Joe Jensen (29:56), both of whom ran PRs by nearly a minute.
“Team-wise it was a decent meet for us, not great, but I was really excited about our young guys,” Crawford said. “Connnor and Joe really stepped up as freshman and ran extremely well.
Scott Roemmich (30:49) ran a lifetime best as well for the Jimmies.
Jamestown College Invitational
Hillcrest Golf Course
1, Minnesota State-Moorhead 19; 2, Concordia College 56; 3, Valley City State 69; 4, Jamestown College 91.
1, Clayton Foster, MSUM, 26:18; 2, Spencer Ruebke, MSUM, 26:37; 3, Brad McConn, CC, 27:00; 4, Cody Christ, MSUM, 27:07; 5, Jason Dowell, MSUM, 27:12; 6, Tanner Sakrismo, CC, 27:39; 7, Kevin Huot, MSUM, 28:14; 8, Richard Wright, VCSU, 28;15; 9, Chad DeAustin, NDSU, 28:28; 10, Tyler Hennen, MSUM, 28:31.
13, Dave Londe, 29:02; 17, Spencer Kamoni, 29:13; 21, Connor Doppler, 29:39; 24, Joe Jensen, 29:56; 28, Kyle Nielsen, 30:26; 31, Scott Roemmich, 30:49; 34, Kendall Wiltzen, 32:16.
1, Concordia College 35; w, Moorhead State Universty-Moorhead 36; 3, Jamestown College 68; 4, Bemidji State University 96.
1, Molly Montonye, MSUM, 18;52; 2, Aleona Reyes, JC, 19:12; 3, Hannah Knickerbocker, CC, 19:34; 4, Morgan Chirstian, CC, 19:55; 5, Emily Mammenga, MSUM, 20:01; 6, Paige Rygg, CC, 20:03; 7, Megan Ackerman, MSUM, 20:06; 8, Samantha Geoff, JC, 20:07; 9, Kathryn Stalnaker, CC, 20:10; 10, Tina Larson, BSU, 20:12.
Other JC results
17, Katie Blais, 20:47; 20, Andrea Markwart, 20:59; 31, McKenna Hauschild, 22:07; 36, Sheyenne Stewart, 22:33; 40, Bernie Bachel, 22:34; 41, Elizabeth Entzel, 22:36; 47, Miranda Charley, 23:16.
Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja can be reached at (701) 952-8461 or by email at email@example.com