CHAMPION 2X: Ford goes back-to-back in Class A girls 1,600 meters

BISMARCK--Meghan Ford not only battled a nagging cold Friday in her attempt to defend her Class A girls championship in the 1,600 meters. Jamestown High School's record holder in the mile also had to overcome the race of a lifetime turned in by F...

Jamestown's Meghan Ford sets the pace in the Class A girls 1,600 meters Friday at the North Dakota State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck. Ford, a sophomore, won the event for a second year in a row. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Meghan Ford sets the pace in the Class A girls 1,600 meters Friday at the North Dakota State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck. Ford, a sophomore, won the event for a second year in a row. John M. Steiner / The Sun

BISMARCK-Meghan Ford not only battled a nagging cold Friday in her attempt to defend her Class A girls championship in the 1,600 meters. Jamestown High School's record holder in the mile also had to overcome the race of a lifetime turned in by Fargo Davies' Megan Lundstrom.

Ford surpassed a determined Lundstrom in the final 50 meters at the MDU Resources Community Bowl, winning back-to-back state titles in the 1,600 by a little more than half a second. Ford's winning jaunt clocked 4 minutes, 55.34, a mere 1.13 seconds off the sophomore's JHS record.

"(Lundstrom) passed me for the lead and I decided I'm just gonna sit back and wait, hopefully pass her at the end and it worked," Ford said. "I wasn't really going for a time, but I was looking at the time when I was finishing and was like, 'Geez, that's pretty quick.'"

Lundstrom, a senior, had never completed the mile in less than five minutes prior to Friday. Her career goal came in her final run for the Eagles in an impressive 4:55.79.

Ford had been more than six seconds faster than Lundstrom on paper this season. But, as the saying goes, that's why the races are run.


"In my mind ... I don't want to say that I accepted that she would beat me beforehand. But I was trying to trick myself into thinking, 'You have a shot. You have a shot,'" said Lundstrom, who entered with a previous PR set this season at 5:00.57. "I was surprised with how good I was feeling with the huge drop in time. Ultimately, she just had a better kick than me, but I'm still so happy that I was able to break five."

Ford led the majority of the race's first 1,100 meters, but Lundstrom took command as the runners completed Lap 3. The field was battling wet, rainy conditions.

"Meghan knows that she has more speed at the end," said JHS girls track and field coach Mike Dietz. "So, regardless of how the race was going to be run time-wise she knew at the end she could go by her.

"She did exactly what she needed to do, and, Megan Lundstrom, that's the best I've seen her run."

Ford never had a PR in mind. Her goal was to simply try and wrap up state title No. 3, which includes a victory in last fall's Class A girls cross country state meet.

"I've been sick all week, so it's been kinda hard to breath when I'm running," Ford explained. "I was hoping just to go for the win instead of a time."

Ford is Saturday's favorite in the 3,200 by more than 19 seconds over Lundstrom, and she's also ranked second for the 800, less than one second behind Bismarck Century's Erin Palmer. Ford finished second in the 3,200 last season and third in the 800.

"Let's focus on that two mile, and then whatever we have left we'll use up in that 800," Dietz said. "She needs to just run a good, clean race. Get out and run and enjoy it."


Jamestown junior Kameron Selvig qualified for Saturday's Class A girls 300 hurdles finals, after setting the seventh-quickest time in Friday's prelims (49.32). Blue Jay senior Abby Kallenbach finished in a tie for ninth in the high jump (4-11) and 10th in the triple jump (35-1).

Dietz said this weekend's motto for the Jays is to simply get out and compete.

"Kameron really personified that. She was pumped up and excited," Dietz said. "Abby competed really well in both her jumps today. Maybe not the results she wanted, but she really competed and got after it."

Hochhalter second in discus

Blue Jay senior Marcus Hochhalter turned a few heads Friday, placing second in the Class A boys discus behind Bismarck Century's Nathan Kraft at 153 feet, 1 inch.

Hochhalter was ranked sixth in the event at 155-7, but was largely undeterred by the wet and windy conditions. Kraft, the heavy favorite, won with a toss of 163-1.

Hochhalter has the shot put (ranked third) and javelin (ranked 14) yet to come on Saturday.

"To be able to overcome some of the conditions ... those athletes that are able to really stay focused and follow through are the ones that are going to end up on top," said JHS boys track and field coach Ken Gardner. "Ending up second behind Kraft is a great accomplishment."


Sophomore Gavin Haut turned a corner in his second season running track for the Blue Jays and was rewarded in the 1,600-meter final. Haut edged Dickinson's Aiden Jung 4:31.33 to 4:31.51 for sixth on the podium after being ranked seventh.

"Anytime you're able to improve on the ranking where you came in, I think that's a great accomplishment," Gardner said. "This is his first state meet. He's come a real long way and hopefully this is something that keeps him fired up and we can keep building on it."

Haut and Jacob Anteau turned in splits of 2:04 to help the Blue Jays' 4x800 relay team finish ahead of its ranking. Along with Chandlar Rott and Zeb Willer, the Jays placed 12th (8:29.89) after being ranked 16th.

"They got to the state meet and stepped up," Gardner said. "They were able to handle the conditions and improve on their ranking, so that was a great effort by the 4x800 as well."

Class A Track and Field State Meet

Team results after day 1 of 2


1. Bis. Century 32; 2T. Bis. Legacy 28; West Fargo 28; 4. Bismarck 24; 5. Fargo North 18; 6T. Devils Lake 11; Jamestown 11; 8T. Dickinson 10; Wahpeton 10; 10. Williston 8; 11. G.F. Central 6; 12. Minot 4; 13T. WF Sheyenne 2; Fargo Davies 2; 15. Bis. St. Mary's 1.


1. Fargo Davies 46.5; 2. Bis. Century 23; 3. G.F. Red River 22; 4. Bis. Legacy 20; 5. Watford City 14; 6. Dickinson 13; 7T. Bismarck 12; Shanley 12; 9. Minot 11.5; 10. Jamestown 10; 11. Mandan 5; 12. WF Sheyenne 3; 13. G.F. Central 2; 14. Devils Lake 1.

Friday's finals


1,600: 1. Sean Korsm, B, 4:25.63; 2. Brady Yoder, D, 4:25.67; 3. Alexander Luz, FN, 4:26.52; 4. Micade Shumway, W, 4:28.96; 5. Carl Reis, BL, 4:30.76; 6. Gavin Haut, J, 4:31.51; 7. Aiden Jung, D, 4:31.51; 8. Mason Kindel, BC, 4:32.97.

3,200 relay: 1. B (Joey Patchen Mills, Sean Korsmo, Michael Omvig, Preston Wachter), 8:01.44; 2. FN 8:01.61; 3. BC 8:04.88; 4. BL 8:05.63; 5. Minot 8:08.21; 6. W 8:14.97; 7. WF 8:18.32; 8. BSM 8:18.59.

Discus: 1. Nathan Kraft, BC, 163-1; 2. Marcus Hochhalter, J, 153-1; 3. Jack Knutz, DL, 151-6; 4. Alex Reuppel, BL, 151-1; 5. Dalton Gullickson, B, 150-3; 6. Matt Kraft, BL, 147-2; 7. Nate Hensel, FD, 146-1; 8. Noah Skalsky, BC, 141-10.

High jump: 1. Josh Darwin, Wahp., 6-6; 2. Williams Durocher, BC, 6-5; 3. Rhett Clements, BL, 6-4; 4. Jayce lee, BC, 6-4; 5. Emeka Giplaye, FN, 6-2; 6. Leif Nelson, DL, 6-2; 7. Grant Nelson, DL, 6-2; 8. Braden Brown, BC, 6-0.

Triple jump: 1. Nsengiumva Corode, WF, 48-5; 2. Marcus Gully, WF, 44-4; 3. Ben Hoverson, GFC, 44-1; 4. Jada Kuchlong, WF, 43-11.5; 5. Rhett Clements, BL, 43-11; 6. David Daniels, WF, 43-4; 7. Anthony Hoang, WFS, 43-0; 8. Nick Kupfer, BL, 42-11.5.


1,600: 1. Meghan Ford, J, 4:55.24; 2. Megan Lundstrom, FD, 4:55.79; 3. Kayla Ogle, WC, 5:11.13; 4. Kelby Rinas, Mandan, 5:11.78; 5. Bridget Henne, FD, 5:14.97; 6. Onnica Stansbury, WFS, 5:14.87; 7. Jilee Golus, B, 5:18.07; 8. Mikayla Weiss, GFC, 5:18.93.

3,200 relay: 1. BC (Peyton Jensen, Gracie Grinsteiner, Erin Palmer, Emily Goldade) 9:26.72; 2. BL 9:32.34; 3. FD 9:34.16; 4. B 9:41.56; 5. Shanley 9:45.68; 6. Minot 9:48.15; 7. WC 9:53.28; 8. GFC 9:59.26.

Triple jump: 1. Kaitlyn Emmil, BL, 36-5.5; 2. Hope Stein, BC, 36-4.5; 3. Ellen Donat, FD, 35-11.5; 4. Kenzie Gullickson, BC, 35-11.5; 5. Claire Leach, RR, 35-9; 6. Meghan Ackerman, D, 35-7; 7. Leecia Flaten, RR, 35-7; 8. Paige Davis, BL, 35-4.5.

Discus: 1. Shelby Frank, RR, 154-11; 2. Kelly Christmann, Shanley, 112-11; 3. Tia McGorman, WC, 110-03; 4. Jenna Hardy, Minot, 109-0; 5. Jade Azure RR, 108-09; 6. Kaylynn Red Tomahawk, B, 108-5; 7. McKenna Shelkey, B, 107-07; 8. Maddysen Bring, BL, 106-4.

High jump: 1. 1. Gabrielle Jung, D, 5-4; 2. Jenan Bergantine, FD, 5-3; 3. Kaia Schneider, FD, 5-3; 4. Linnea Axtman, FD, 5-1; 5. Elise Rue, FD, 5-1; 5. Allie Nelson, Minot, 5-1; 7. Roxy Fish, RR, 4-11; 8. Jess Mertens, DL, 4-11.

Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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