Jamestown High School cross country runner Meghan Ford didn't let tired legs hamper her performance Saturday afternoon in Valley City.

The sophomore won the Bill Jansen Blue-White Invitational by 1 minute, 34 seconds over West Fargo's Hope Pringle at Bjornson Park Golf Course. The victory was Ford's fifth in a row.

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"Meghan had another good performance, even though her legs were a little tired," said Blue Jay coach Ken Gardner. "This week we could tell after having a hard workout and she kept dropping her time during a circuit workout by two seconds."

The girls team did get some bad news this week, however, as No. 2 Madelyn Orr (stress fracture) and Jaymee George (ankle) are both out for the season.

"That hurts on the team side but we have to keep rolling and have more girls step up," Gardner said.

Senior Peyton Rudnick stepped into the No. 2 slot, where she placed 51st with a time of 23:26.7.

"Peyton ended up in the No. 2 spot today and had a good race," Gardner said. "She's always a runner that gets better as the season goes on."

The Jamestown boys finished second as a team, as all five runners placed in the top 20.

Next up for the Blue Jays will be the RM Stout Invite at Parkhurst Recreation Area just North of Jamestown. The start time for the event is 10 a.m.

"This week we'll see defending state champion Kelby Rinas and many other top runners coming to our invitational," Gardner said. "It's a preview of where we are at and just see what we can shoot for realistically. We have a week to prepare and see where we're at."

Girls

Team scores

1. West Fargo 41; 2. Fargo North 107; 3. West Fargo Sheyenne 117; 4. Rugby 126; 5. Excel Athletica 149; 6. Valley City 219; 7 New Town 222; 8. Jamestown 238; 9. Kindred 265; 10. MayPort-C-G 290; 11. Central Cass 312; 12. Wahpeton 347; 13. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 368; 14. Harvey 371; 15. Solen 412; 16. St. John 438; 17. Lisbon 444; 18. Ellendale 464; 19. Barnes County North 483; 20. Carrington 508; 21. Standing Rock 512; 22. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 527.

Blue Jay results

1. Meghan Ford 18:34.1; 51. Peyton Rudnick 23:26.7; 54. Amanda Sargeant 23:36.8; 58. Alyssa Allen 23:49.9; 74. Eliza Herrick 24:40.1.

Area Top Runners

7. Jakkia Duffy, LLM 20:47.2; 43. Karly Just 22:54.9.

Boys

Team results

1. West Fargo Sheyenne 57; 2. Jamestown 68; 3. New Town 76; 4. Excel Athletica 129; 5. West Fargo 139; 6. Rugby 151; 7. Wahpeton 173; 8. Kindred 329; 9. Lisbon 332; 10. MayPort-C-G 349; 11. Valley City 376; 12. Carrington 388; 13. Central Cass 395; 14. Edgeley-Kulm 400; 15. Ellendale 401; 16. Solen 436; 17. Four Winds 444; 18. Standing Rock 493; 19. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 546; 20. Harvey 557; 21. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 576.

Blue Jay results

6. Jacob Anteau 17:21.9; 11. Ben Anteau 17:43.6; 14. Gavin Haut 17:47.1; 17. Chandlar Rott 18:06.3; 20. Kade Schumacher 18:22.2.

Area Top Runners

22. Lucas Nitschke 18:30.8; 34. Austin Hendrickson 19:08.2.