Blue Jays Roundup: Track and Field competes in Bismarck

The Jamestown High School girls track and field team competed at the WDA Indoor Invite at the University of Mary on March 29.

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If anyone was sleeping on The Jamestown High School girls track and field team, they got burned Tuesday evening.

The Blue Jays wrapped up their indoor season with an 85.66 point, second-place performance at Tuesday night's WDA Indoor Invite at the University of Mary. The outdoor season is slated to begin on Tuesday at Valley City.

Bismarck Century won the invite with 155.5 team points. There were six teams out of the WDA competing Tuesday.

"I am really pleased with how the girls are performing already this year," Co-head track and field coach Mike Dietz said. "We're just going to keep building on it."

Annie Nabwe kicked off the meet with a personal best throw of 45 feet, 9 inches in the shot put contest. Abby Fletcher of Bismarck Century had the No. 2 throw of 39 feet, 9 inches.


Over at the high jump pit, Hunter Petersen and Haylie Hakanson both cleared the bar at 4 feet, 11 inches, tying them for second place behind Lexi Hagen of Bismarck High. Petersen also placed second in triple jump with a mark of 33 feet, 1 inch — a personal best for the senior.

The Jays also put together a strong performance over on the track with top-eight finishes in all but one of the running events.

Yolanda Nabwe outran the 27 other competitors in the 60 meter dash, finishing the straightaway in 7.96 seconds. Julia Skari crossed the line less than a second later with a personal best time of 8.65 seconds.

Bernadette Belzer finished the 400 in second place with a personal best time of 1:04.93 — 3.05 seconds behind Mandan's Acey Elkins. Belzer also placed eighth in the 60-meter hurdles finishing at 10.67 seconds.

"We exceeded expectations," Dietz said. "We just wanted to get some times and see how some kids did in certain events. The girls had a lot of good performances all over the track and in the field events so we're excited about that.

"I'm really happy with how all of the girls performed."

Team results

1. Century 155.5; 2. Jamestown 85.66; 3. Legacy 83.33; 4. Bismarck High 76.5; 5. Mandan 57; 6. St. Mary's 47


Top finishers / Blue Jay results

60 meter dash: 1.Yolanda Nabwe, JHS, 7.96; 14. Julia Skari 8.65.

60 hurdles: 1. Hope Stein, BC, 9.44; 7. Kaelyn Nygaard 10.63; 8. Bernadette Belzer 10.67.

4x200 meter relay: 1. Century (Avery Mills, Hannah Herbel, Autumn Ketterling, Eden Fridley), 1:50.61; 8. Jamestown (Sydney Fisher, Kyra Hoffer, Hannah Soulis, Erica Tarr), 2:03.88.

4x800: 1. Legacy (Bre Axt, Taylor Gabbert, Brynn Crane, Isabelle Simonson), 11:04.10.

4X400: 1. Mandan (Abigail Kapella, Morgan Sheldon, Acey Elkins, Cami Frey), 4:17.92; 4. Jamestown (Jera Truax, Maddy Orr, Kyra Hoffer, Jayla Hoffer), 5:04.49.

1600: 1. Bayla Weigel, BHS, 5:24.79; 6. Jera Truax 6:14.10; 7. Maddy Orr 6:15.16.

400: 1. Acey Elkins, MAN, 1:01.98; 2. Belzer 1:04.93; 6. Hannah Soulis 1:10.35; 7. Kyra Hoffer 1:12.83.


800: 1. Erin Palmer, BC, 2:18.61.

200: 1. Eden Fridley, BC, 26.92; 2. Allysah Larson 27.49; 9. Skari 28.60; 17. Haylie Hakanson 30.1; 23. Sydney Fisher 32.11.

Shot put; 1. Annie Nabwe, JHS, 45-09; 19. Kinley Anderson 29-03; 21. Paris Eslick 27-09.5; 22. Allison Panchot 27-00; 23. Meeghan McNear 26-10.5; 24. Nygaard 25-09.50.

Long jump: 1. Stein, BC, 17-03.50; 7. Y. Nabwe 15-08; 10. Larson 15-05.50;

Pole vault: 1. Brynlie Thueson, BC, 8-09.

High jump: 1. Lexi Hagen, BHS, 4-11; 2. Hunter Petersen 4-11; T2. Hakanson 4-11.

Triple jump: 1. Breena Sand, LEG, 34-22.50; 2. Petersen 33-01; 3. Skari 32-02.

Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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