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Six wins in debut for Jimmie track teams

The season debut for the Jimmie track teams resulted in six first-place finishes and a slew of personal-bests.

Both the men’s and women’s teams had three individual champions in a solid start to the season at the Northern State Open in Aberdeen on Saturday.

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The men’s team got a school record from Garrett Tenney and nearly a two-win outing from Kaleb Garcia.

“It was a good opener for us. Not a lot of guys went, but the ones we had stepped up and had a pretty good first meet,” coach Ed Crawford said.

Kaleb GarciaGarcia was fast out of the chute. The sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., won the 200 meters in a time of 23.34 seconds and was leading the 55 hurdles when he was knocked off stride by the flailing arm of another runner in the race over the fourth hurdle.

“That happens sometimes. It kind of threw him off balance and that was too bad because it looked like he was on his way to winning,” Crawford said. “Kaleb had a really nice day.”

Tenney won the 35-pound weight throw and in the process edged out his former football teammate Mike Findlay with a school-record of 53-feet, 1.5 inches. The mark beat Findlay by about 3 inches.

“Garrett has a lot of ability. To start out there is pretty good,” Crawford said.

Mike Brousseau was third in the same event at 45-9.

Emerald GyuriczaIn the shot put, Jesse Hacker opened the season with a winning mark of 45-5, which was not far off his top mark.

“To start that close to your lifetime best is pretty nice,” Crawford said.

In the 3,000 meters, Connor Doppler ran a personal-best of 9:35.36, beating his old mark by more than 10 seconds.

Michael Hust was fifth in both the 200 (24.62), behind teammate Evan Schreiner (24.32) and the winning Garcia, and the 55 (6.85).

“He’s got a lot of potential. He’s got some speed,” Crawford said of Hust, a former Blue Jay.

Pole-vaulter Joe Ikier opened with a mark of 13-0.25, good for fourth.

Sam Goff picked up right where she left off in the cross country season.

The sophomore from Danvers, Minn., ran away from the field in the mile in a time of 5:22.90.

Another sophomore, Emerald Gyuricza, PRed in the pole vault and cleared 10-7 to win.

“If I had to pick out a couple of our best efforts today, I would say Emerald in the pole vault and Samantha in the mile,” women’s coach Jim Clark said. “Excellent first meets for two sophomores.”

In all, the Jimmies had 21 PRs on the day. Their third win came from Nikki Iverson in the triple jump (34-9.75).

“We saw a lot of good things today and also we saw expectations exceeding our preparation in some places,” Clark said. “We found out where we need some work.”

Two JHS grads opened with strong days.

Freshman Bre Carlson was third in the 200 and seventh in the 55, while senior Kayla Schumacher had a PR of 9.7 in the 55 hurdles for third. She was also fifth in the 400 and ran a leg on the third-place 1600 relay team, “Great opener for a hard-working senior,” Clark said of Schumacher.

Erin Gorman, a freshman from Gillette, Wyo., was second in the 400, sixth in the hurdles and had the top split on the 4 x 400 relay.

Aleona Reyes (3,000) and Taylor Brown (high jump) each had runner-up efforts. Brown got over 5-1.75 and was close on her ensuing leap. The cross country and track All-American Reyes has been bothered by knee pain lately.

Freshman Christa Lysne was third in the 800 (2:27.24), while thrower Jennifer Brandt (weight throw), Courtney Kjeldgaard (200) and Caitlin Bossio (400) each turned in PRs.

“You have to have a first meet and then go to work and built on it,” Clark said. “I think we came home pretty healthy and with some good marks and quite a few PRs for a first meet.”

The Jimmies head for St. Paul, Minn., on Friday to compete in the St. Thomas Showcase.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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