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Optimist Club honors athletes

The Jamestown High School boys 200 freestyle relay team, along with the University of Jamestown’s Kayla Schumacher and Mark Hoge, were all selected as athletes of the week by the Jamestown Optimist Club.

The Blue Jays’ 200 freestyle relay team of seniors Braydon Love and Andy Oslund, junior Colt Rasmussen and sophomore Cayden Hare, broke the school record in the event posting a 1:31.77 during the state boys swimming and diving meet in Grand Forks over the weekend. The previous record was 1:33.22 set in 2012.

Schumacher, a senior on the Jimmie women’s track and field team, earned NAIA All-American honors by helping lead the Jimmie distance medley relay team to a fifth-place finish at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The Jamestown native ran a career best split of 59.8 in her 400-meter leg as the Jimmies ran a 12:07.92 on Thursday to qualify for the finals. In the finals on Saturday, Schumacher ran a sparkling 58.9 as the Jimmie team ran 12:04.88 to tie the school record in the event and earn All-American honors.

Hoge, a senior on the Jimmie men’s basketball team, finished his career scoring 36 points to lead the Jimmies to the NSAA tournament championship last Monday in Jamestown, defeating Dakota State 72-67.

Hoge, from Ironton, Minn., also contributed seven rebounds and five assists, as he ended his career in seventh place on the Jimmie all-time scoring list.