Out In Style
Drew Larsen aced his final test.
The University of Jamestown senior thrower went out in style, winning the North Star Athletic Association hammer throw championship on Friday at Taylor Stadium. Larsen's heave of 154 feet, 4 inches topped the field by nearly a half foot.
"To see Drew win the conference as a senior was fantastic," UJ men's coach Ed Crawford said. "That was really fun to see him do that well."
Also on Thursday, Amber Posner proved to be the top long-distance runner in the North Star.
The junior from Pillager, Minn., pulled away from the field to win the 10,000-meter run in a time of 41 minutes, 44.48 seconds.
Six finals were held for both the men and women on Thursday. Prelims for the 100-meter dash and 110 hurdles also were ran. The meet concludes today with throwing events beginning at 10 a.m. and running at noon.
Poser finished nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Jade Sheffield of Dickinson State in the 10K.
"Amber ran a really nice race," UJ women's track and field coach Jim Clark said.
The Jimmie women are second in the team standings behind favored Dickinson State, 60-43.
"Individually, a lot of people had pretty good days," Clark said of his team. "Probably wasn't as good a day team-wise, but everybody came out healthy. I don't have anything to complain about."
Allison Foster finished fourth in the 10K.
Jordan Thomas and Paulina Haak earned third-place finishes. Thomas, a freshman from Pingree, was third in the triple jump (33-9 1/3). Haak fired the hammer a PR of 152 feet, 3 inches.
Other scorers were Krista Thielges (hammer, 4th), Adele Keller (hammer, 5th) and Julia Johnson (5th, triple).
The Blue Hawk men also lead with 56 points. The Jimmies are fourth (27) in the six-team field, but only six points out of second.
Despite a groin injury, Jamison Gray whipped the javelin a career-best 165 feet, 7 inches, securing third place. Matthew Hust, a JHS grad, also scored with a fifth-place effort of 153-11.
Other scorers were Bennett Sauve (5th, pole vault) and Delwin Potter (6th, hammer).
The Jimmies picked up six points in the 4x800 relay with Andrew Hornung's banner lead leg of 1:58.20 the tone-setter.
"I thought it was a solid first day for us," Crawford said of his men's team. "We just gotta keep fighting for every single point.
"We need everybody to come through and do what some of the guys did today."
North Star Athletic Association Outdoor
Team results (Through six events. Top 6 places score).
1, Dickinson State 56; 2, Waldorf 33; 3, Viterbo 28; 4, Jamestown 27; 5, Valley City State 24; 6, Dakota State 18.
Individual results (Winner and UJ results)
3,200 relay: 1, Dakota State (Alex Derr, Cameron Harming, Corey Hermann, Mark Moeller), 7:48.97; 3, UJ (Andrew Hornung, Dakota Wagner, Daniel Sampers, Matthew Young), 8:24.53.
10,000: 1, Dennis Gonzalez, VCSU, 33:19.17; 7, Donavan Moser, UJ, 37:15.07.
Hammer: 1, Drew Larsen, UJ, 154-4; 6, Delwin Potter, UJ, 121-4.
Triple jump: 1, Tyler Quilling, DSU, 45-7 1/4; 7, Ed Mata, 41-2 1/4; 8, Noah Knutson, UJ, 40-4 1/4.
Pole vault: 1, Matt Matel, Viterbo, 13-1 ½; 5, Bennett Sauve, UJ, 9-8.
Javelin: 1, Paxton Miller, DSU, 176-7; 3, Jamison Gray, UJ, 165-7; 5, Matthew Hust, UJ, 153-11; 7, Chris Peterson, UJ, 133-1; Zach Miller, UJ, 131-0.
1, Dickinson 30; 2, Jamestown 43; 3, Viterbo 39; 4, Valley City 28; 5, Waldorf 12; 6, Dakota State 12.
3,200 relay: 1, DSU (Amandan Wolff, Jacey Wilson, Lisa Townsend, Paitton Herbst), 9:41.66; 2, UJ (Lindi Chadwick, Hannah Christenson, Christa Lysne, Rachel Heuchert), 10:21.69.
10,000: 1, Amber Posner, UJ, 41:44.80; 4, Allison Foster, UJ, 45:16.02.
Pole vault: 1, Lexee Craig, DSU, 10-0.
Javelin: 1, Seri Geisler, VCSU, 151-0; 4, Krista Thielges, UJ, 114-2; 5, Adele Keller, UJ, 111-5; 7. Alicia Weiand, UJ, 107.
Hammer: 1, Samantha Reilly, Viterbo, 160-9; 3, Paulina Haak, UJ, 152-3; 6, Rebecca Nord, UJ, 132-7.
Triple jump: 1, Shania Pokorny, Viterbo, 35-1 1/4; 3, Jordan Thomas, UJ, 33-8; 5, Julia Johnson, UJ, 33-4 3/4; 8, Kaiann Arellano, UJ, 32-2 1/4.