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Matt Young continued his winning ways for the University of Jamestown track and field meet. Young swept the mile and 3,000-meters at the St. Thomas Showcase in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday night. It wa the second indoor outing of the season for the Jimmies. Young ran a lifetime best of 4:26.36 to hold off a herd of St. Thomas runners. The Tommies are among the top teams perennially in NCAA Division III. "It's the best I've actually seen him race," said UJ men's track coach Ed Crawford. "It was a pretty good field. He beat some solid kids."
The University of Jamestown basketball teams split in Madison, S.D., on Friday night. It was another rout for the Jimmie women, while the UJ men rallied in the second half, but fell short. The Jimmies are back at it today on the road against Mayville State. UJ 91, DaSU 60 The Jimmie women's domination of the North Star continued. Winning by an average of 30 points in conference games, the 13th-ranked Jimmies beat Dakota State 91-60. The Jimmies scored 54 second-half points in moving to 9-0 in the NSAA and 14-4 overall.
Looking for an easy win? The West Region in boys basketball is not the place to be. The Blue Jays, young and undersized, put up a fight against another conference heavyweight on Tuesday night, falling to tall, seasoned and talented Bismarck Century 58-46 at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Patriots, ranked No. 4 in Class A, are one of three teams from the West in the top five in the state. "There's no off night," JHS coach Luke Anderson said of life in the West. "On any given night, if you have a poor effort, it's an L."
Dillon Kifer, the lone senior in the University of Jamestown starting lineup, likes what he sees from his young teammates. The seasoned 141-pounder from Little Falls, Minn., posted the first of four pins with a dazzling move Wednesday night as the Jimmies routed Northland Community & Technical College 47-6 at the Hansen Center. "For as young as we are, you can definitely see the potential our team has and where we can go," Kifer said. "We're really coming together as a team, not just a bunch of individuals."
Dickinson State continues on the heels of the Jimmies in the North Star Athletic Association women's basketball race. The 24th-ranked Blue Hawks knocked off Valley City State inside the Bubble on Monday night 68-64. Dickinson State improved to 7-1 in the NSAA with the win. The Jimmies, ranked 13th in the NAIA top 25 poll, are unbeaten in league play at 8-0 and have won 29 straight against NSAA opponents. The Blue Hawks, trailing 52-46 after three quarters, outscored the Vikings 22-12 over the final 10 minutes to rally for the win.
The University of Jamestown women's basketball team remain undefeated in North Star Athletic Association play with an 83-70 win over Presentation College on Saturday. Bryn Woodside scored 21 points for the the 13th-ranked Jimmies, who scored 28 second-quarter points to lead 44-28 at halftime. The Saints (6-14) made a third-quarter push, but the Jimmies pulled away late to seal their 13th win in 17 games. Woodside also had four assists, three steals and three rebounds for the Jimmies.
The Jimmie track and field teams got off to a fast start to the indoor season on Saturday in Bemidji, Minn. The University of Jamestown men piled up seven first-place performances, while the women earned six. Matt Young and Kaiann Arellano both earned doubles. Young won the 1,000-meter run (2:46.72) and the mile (4:29.21). Arellano, a junior from Jamestown, cleared 5-3 to win the high jump. She also crossed first in the 800 (2:36.43). Arellano added a second in the long jump (16-2 1/4) while scoring a career-best in the pentathlon with 3,065 points.
The state-qualifier count continues to climb for the Jamestown High School swimmers and divers. The Blue Jays had eight state-qualifying performances on Saturday at their home meet, including wins from Jonas Flann and Colton Carlson. "Our team did really well in the relays and individual events," JHS coach Ben Smith said. "We're doing very good things. I thought we performed well." The Blue Jays totaled 368 points to finish fourth in the seven-team field, which featured four-time defending state champion Bismarck Century among other strong squads.
The Blue Jays found their groove in the middle and rode it to their first region dual win of the season. Four straight wins from 132 pounds to 152, and a pair of key victories late, sealed Jamestown's 40-30 triumph over Bismarck Legacy. Valley City also was in town on Friday as part of a triangular. The ninth-ranked Hi-Liners topped the Blue Jays 49-26. Larry Eslick, JHS head coach, saw plenty of positives from his young squad.
After a shaky performance on Tuesday, the Jamestown High School gymnastics team bounced back with a stellar outing on Friday. At the eight-team Julie Ziegler Memorial in Bismarck, the Blue Jays tied for second with their second-highest score of the season. Bismarck posted a lofty 144.6 to win, but the Blue Jays tied for second with Dickinson at 141.625. The Midgets have won three of the last four state championships.