The men's and women's University of Jamestown cross country teams are at North Bend, Neb., Saturday to compete in the GPAC cross country championships.
The women's 5,000-meter race will start at 10:45 a.m. from North Bend Golf Course, while the 8,000-meter men's race begins approximately 45 minutes later.
"My wish list for our first GPAC meet would be for our seniors to have their best performances of the season," said Jimmie coach Jim Clark. "They have given a lot of their time and energy."
Seniors Matt Young and Aaron Ford will be the top Jamestown competitors.
Young raced for the first time in 43 days because of an injury suffered at the Mount Marty Invitational on Oct. 20, where he placed 34th.
"Matt's season has not gone according to plan, primarily due to lower leg problems," Clark said. "He hasn't been able to train the way he is accustomed to, but he has been working and he will be ready to give it his best."
Ford also suffered a knee flare-up midseason but Clark said he's been doing lots of cross training to stay in shape.
"I know he will run through some pain, but he will also give it a good effort," Clark said.
Dustin Wagner, Daniel Palmer, Noah Mang and Martin Calvillo will round out the rest of the lineup.
Allie Foster will be UJ's top women's runner. The senior from Rugby, N.D., was a North Star Athletic Association all-conference runner as a sophomore. Freshman Helen Murphy, Ayleen Coronado, Lindi Chadwick and Kylee Voigt will also make the trip to Nebraska.
"I am feeling a lot better about both teams than I was as recently as two weeks ago," Clark said. "We have a lot of kids who have faced some adversity, but instead of letting it get them down, they've done what they can to make the most of the season."
A pair of GPAC women's teams will get automatic berths to the NAIA national competition on Nov. 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along with the top 20 runners overall. The men will have one automatic qualifier along with the top 15 runners.
"It is hard to say where we might place in our first foray into the GPAC, but a finish in the upper half would be pretty good for both the men and women," Clark said.
Men's soccer season ends
Morningside's Julius Fassbinder and Moritz Lusch each scored goals during the first 26 minutes of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals to defeat the University of Jamestown 2-0 on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The Jimmies' season came to an end at Elwood Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa. Plenty of offense was on display as Jamestown outshot Morningside 23-20, but the Mustangs had the edge in shots on goal (9-8) and corner kicks (7-5).
Jake Askew made five saves for the Jimmies, while Ruben Zepeda put four shots on frame. It was the final game for UJ's Ben Prochniak, Matt Serrato, Kyle Fenske, Alex McMiken, Hamish Mills and Lasse Binder.
Morningside College 2, University of Jamestown 0
UJ 0 0 -- 0
MC 2 0 -- 2
1. M, Julius Fassbinder (Unassisted), 15th minute; 2. M, Moritz Lusch (Turan Murat), 26th.
Shots: J, 23. M, 20.
Shots on goal: J, 8. M, 9.
Corner kicks: J, 5. M, 7.
Fouls: J, 12. M, 9.
Records: Jamestown 7-8-2. Morningside 12-5-1.
Jimmie volleyball taking on Warriors
The fifth-seeded University of Jamestown volleyball team is at fourth-seeded Midland University (Neb.) for the quarterfinals of the GPAC tournament Saturday night at 7.
The Jimmies, ranked No. 23 in the nation, and the Warriors, ranked 11th, met back on Sept. 29, with Midland edging Jamestown in 15-8 in a decisive fifth set. The Warriors' Priscilla O'Dowd, Taylor Petersen and Jenny Bair combined for 42 kills.
Midland's setter Jessica Peters is fifth in the GPAC with 962 helpers (10.2 per set) and sophomore Jaisa Russell is 15th in digs (300).
Jamestown's defense is led by Julina Niemeier, who leads the GPAC in digs with 571. The Jimmies have six players between 100-200 kills, led by Britta Knudson (187), and followed by Isabel Wedell (182), Kennedy Conzemius (181), Ellie Michaletz (136), Corina Ruud (129) and Kori Buchanan (110).
Jimmie wrestling starting up
The University of Jamestown men's and women's wrestling teams are kicking off the winter Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with the Jimmie Open at the Larson Center. The men are led by 18th-ranked, 197-pound grappler Williams Parks.
The women will be equally as busy with duals against York University, Waldorf University and the University of Saskatchewan.
Women's basketball faces Comets
The Jimmie women's basketball team will try and move to 3-0 on the season Saturday hosting Mayville State University (2-0) at 4 p.m.
The Comets are coming off back-to-back wins against Providence University College on Oct. 13-14. Kylee Heurung averaged 12 points per game, followed by Joelle Ertl (11.5) and Alissa Foster (11.5).
The Jimmies have defeated Dickinson State University 88-57 and Presentation College 71-49 this season.