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Meghan Ford had a battle plan Friday in Bismarck and the Jamestown High School distance runner followed it to the letter. Ford won the Class A girls 1,600-meter state championship at the MDU Resources Community Bowl, kicking off what could be a very memorable state track and field weekend for the Blue Jay freshman. Ford's winning mile run of 5 minutes, 5.77 seconds topped second-place finisher Megan Lundstrom of Fargo Davies by nearly five seconds. Ford is the favorite to win today's 3,200 and is also ranked second for this afternoon's 800.
Moments after earning the sixth All-American honor of a now storied career, Kaiann Arellano had just enough left in the tank to help her Jimmie teammates break a school record. The University of Jamestown track star ran the anchor leg of the women's preliminary 4x400-meter relay in 59.4 seconds Friday in Gulf Shores, Ala., as Arellano, Hannah Christenson, Kylee Voigt and Emily Stier clocked a combined 3 minutes, 54.02 seconds. The new Jimmie record clipped the old mark of 3:54.21.
Jamestown High School freshman Meghan Ford won the Class A girls 1,600-meter state championship Friday in Bismarck. Ford set sail in her four laps around the MDU Resources Community Bowl on day 1 of the state track and field meet, topping second-place finisher Megan Lundstrom of Fargo Davies by nearly five seconds. Ford's state-championship winning time clocked in at 5 minutes, 5.77 seconds. The victory came in Ford's third time competing in the state 1,600 meters. She placed 10th in the event last spring (5:17.09) and crossed 19th as a seventh-grader in 2016 (5:26.13).
A strong season from a young Jamestown High School girls soccer team came to a close Thursday in Bismarck. Mandan scored twice in the first half—the latter by way of a penalty kick—and the Braves upended the Blue Jays 4-0 in a state-qualifying game of the West Region tournament at Sanford Sports Complex. Jamestown finishes at 5-8 overall after graduating eight starters from 2017's conference championship team.
University of Jamestown's Kaiann Arellano tossed two "so-so" shot put attempts Thursday at the NAIA women's national heptathlon in Gulf Shores, Ala. Then came the lightning and the thunder. "She got in two of her three throws, there was a flash of lightning, a big 'boom' and we all thought maybe it was a good time to delay things," said University of Jamestown head track and field coach Megan Kuehl. "We sat in the car for about 45 minutes and all the multi-event girls came back to warm up with a flood covering the shot put ring."
Kaiann Arellano's collegiate track and field career almost never came to pass. The five-time All-American wasn't exactly putting up eye-popping numbers coming out of Jamestown High School. In fact, it's possible Arellano might not have even landed a spot with her current team at the University of Jamestown today. Jimmies' first-year head track and field coach Megan Kuehl, and longtime UJ women's coach and current associate head coach Jim Clark, will be leading Arellano and eight other Jimmies at the NAIA outdoor national championships starting tomorrow in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Seniors Kaitlin Mullowney and Payton Hoggarth stepped up when Jamestown High School needed them most. The duo helped lead Blue Jay girls tennis to three straight team victories on the road to close the regular season, culminating with a 5-4 victory Saturday at Dickinson. Hoggarth defeated the Midgets' Emma Dazell 7-6(3), 6-2 at No. 4 singles to edge Dickinson by a point at the finish line.
It's not easy capturing individual West Region track and field titles, but the Blue Jay girls put a pair at the top of the podium Saturday in Bismarck. Jamestown senior Alyssa Ukestad won the 300-meter hurdles, and freshman distance phenom Meghan Ford captured titles in both the 800 and 1600 to lead the Jays to 60.5 team points and a seventh-place finish at the West Region meet. "I'm really happy with how we performed," Blue Jay girls track and field coach Mike Dietz said. "There were a few nice surprises, but I was expecting that out of these girls.
A year ago, Jamestown High School would be qualified to compete in the state girls soccer tournament. The Blue Jays were already locked into the West Region's fourth position—the former state tournament threshold—entering Saturday's final match of the regular season hosting Mandan. The Braves wound up defeating the Blue Jays 1-0, and the two teams will face each other again this Thursday in a state-qualifying match of the West Region tournament in Bismarck.
Jamestown Blue Jay softball made a statement in its final at-bat of the regular season Saturday at Trapper Field. The Jays erupted for a 14-run, game 2 fifth inning against visiting Mandan, en route to sweeping the Braves 9-0 and 14-2. Jamestown sent a whopping 19 batters to the plate during the rally, recording 10 hits, five walks and one hit batter.