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Jimmie Roundup: Young improves on national finish

University of Jamestown's Matthew Young improved his national finish yet again Saturday in Vancouver, Wash.

The junior from Woodland, Wash., placed 43rd of 328 runners at the NAIA national cross country championships. Young covered the 8,000 meters in 25 minutes, 39 seconds—his fastest time in three trips to nationals.

Young placed 166th as a freshman and 93rd last season.

"This year to go to 43rd was just a fantastic race," Jimmie men's cross country coach Ed Crawford said. "He went out and ran really aggressive, as his goal was to finish in the top 30 as an All-American. He lost that near the end, but overall I thought he ran a phenomenal race and we are extremely proud of him."

Mark Shaw of Oklahoma City was the individual winner with a time of 24:09.

The Jimmies' Amber Posner, of Cushing, Minn., capped her cross country career by placing 260th of 339 runners in the women's national race. Posner completed the course in 20:26.

Aminat Olowora of Oklahoma City won the women's individual title in 16:50.

"This wasn't her best race of the season, but it was pretty consistent with her year," Jimmie women's cross country coach Jim Clark said. "Amber came a long way as a runner since she started life as a Jimmie four years ago. I really enjoy working with her and look ahead to a very good track season."

Hockey falls to Minot State

University of Jamestown men's hockey came just short of completing a weekend sweep of second-ranked Minot State.

The Beavers outshot the Jimmies 39-22 at John L. Wilson Arena Saturday, rolling to a 2-1 victory. Jamestown snapped Minot's 59-game home winning streak Friday with a 3-2 victory.

Minot State's Austin Kilian scored the game-winning goal just over eight minutes into the third period. Jamestown's Cole McKechney tied the contest 1-1 in the second period with the Jimmies' lone goal of the night.

Jamestown and Minot State meet again at Wilson Arena on Dec. 8.

Minot State 2, Jamestown 1

MS 1 0 1 -- 2

UJ 0 1 0 -- 1


First period

1. M, Matt Flom (Paul O'Connor, Rhett Lough), 19:59 PP.

Second period

2. J, Cole McKechney (Tyler Chavez-Leech, Eric Buckley), 17:29.

Third period

3. M, Austin Kilian (Dylan Gejdos), 8:23.

Goalie saves: M, Joshua Bykowski 21. J, Tyson Brouwer 37 saves.

Penalties: M, 3 minors for 6 minutes. J, 5 minors for 10 minutes.

Records: Minot State 17-2-0-1; Jamestown 9-10-0-1.

Jimmies earn scholar honors

University of Jamestown cross country members Donavan Moser, Michael Sampers, Dakota Wagner, Matt Young, Hannah Christenson, Aly Freitag and Cassidy Peterson were named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA scholar athletes.

Student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for the honor.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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