BISMARCK -- It turns out Alison Allmer's encore was nearly as good as the debut.
One day after claiming her first state title, the Jamestown High School sophomore posted another strong showing on the second day of the North Dakota state track meet at the Community Bowl.
Allmer ran another strong race, cruising to a third-place finish in the 800 meters on Saturday.
She finished in, 2:21.12, less than two seconds behind Fargo South's Erin Valenti (2:19.36) and Grand Forks Central's Jessica Lindsay (2:19.91), both seniors and holder's of the state's top times entering the meet.
"I was kind of worried I'd be sore (today), but it wasn't too bad," Allmer said.
On a cool, at times wet and always windy day, Allmer nearly matched her best time of the season coming into the weekend (2:20.98). She battled neck and neck with the leaders most of the way.
"There were a lot of us all running in a big group," Allmer said. "It was scary in there, people spiking you. At the end everybody started going fast and it spread out a bit."
Coming on the heels of a sixth-place finish in the 800 last spring and a third in the state cross country meet last fall, Allmer finished the weekend with 17 points, contributing to an eighth-place finish in the 1600 relay in the final event of the day.
She was pleased with the state title and the strong finish on Saturday.
"I was kind of hoping to save that for my senior year, so there wouldn't be a lot of big expectations," she joked. "But it's going to make me work even harder."
Siri Jystad, Allmer, Kylee Voigt and Bre Carlson teamed up to post a time of 4:16.44 to place eighth in the 1600 relay. The Blue Jays ranked 13th entering the meet with a time of 4:19.66.
The JHS girls finished with 18.5 points in the meet for 14th place.
The boys, meanwhile, were 12th with 11 points.
Jordan Thoreson provided the highlight of the final day of the meet for the Blue Jay boys, shaking off a sore foot to finish third in the shot put.
"I did something to my foot on Monday and I couldn't practice all week," the JHS junior said. "I came out and just tried to wing it, basically. See what happens."
What happened was pretty good. Thoreson hit on a throw of 48 feet, 2 inches right out of the gate.
Ranked seventh heading into the state meet, Thoreson sat in sixth place heading into the finals. He proceeded to deliver a season-best throw of 49-11 in the finals to finish third.
He said he tried to focus on his footwork and pick up the pace.
"I added a little speed and it helped out," he said.
The Blue Jays also picked up a point in the 800 meter relay.
Michael Hust, Tanner Olson, John Nagel and Matt Johnson teamed up to clock in at 1:34.89, a season-best time.
Throlson is the former sports editor at The Jamestown Sun