Blue Jays track and field host local teams in rain-soaked meet

The Blue Jays had 28 personal or season bests in the meet.

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The Blue Jays' Grady Joseph prepares to launch the discus during the 701 Apparel Invite on Saturday, May 13, at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium.
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JAMESTOWN — Despite the rain and cloudy skies, Jamestown High School hosted six different teams in the 701 Apparel Invitational on Saturday, May 13, at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium.

The Blue Jays hosted, Benson County, Griggs-Midkota, Medina/Pingree-Buchanan, Ellendale, South Border and Kidder County. Both sides of the event were won by Benson County as the Wildcats girls' team finished with 134 points and the boys' team finished with 161 points. The Blue Jays finished in third in both sides of the event with the girls' team having a score of 104 and the boys' team finishing with a score of 131.

The event was initially scheduled to take place on Friday, May 12, but due to the rain was moved to the next day. The Blue Jays boys' team got their first win of the day in the 800-meter race when Micah Stoudt set a personal record time of 2:08.25. The Blue Jays girls' team got their first win in the 110-meter hurdles when Yolanda Nabwe got the win with a time of 16.74. The Blue Jays dominated the hurdles as Tuyikeze Faustin won the boys’ 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.08 seconds and then Bernadette Belzer won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.01.

After the Blue Jays’ Kinley Anderson set a personal record of 35 feet, 10 inches but finished in second in the shot put, she came back and won the discus with a throw of 112 feet, six inches. Anderson’s discus throw was 15 feet and four inches further than the second-place competitor. The Blue Jays’ last win of the day came in the boys' triple jump competition as Jackson Rose set a personal best with a leap of 39’ 3.5.

In total, the Blue Jays got seven total individual wins in the event. In total, the Blue Jays had 31 top-five finishes.


Outside of the Blue Jays, some of the local athletes that participated had success as Ellendale’s Kali Norton won both the 200-meter race and the 400-meter dash and South Border’s Emily Jochim won the javelin competition with a throw of 105’ 8. . Out of the local teams that participated, the Blue Jays led the pack with their seven total individual wins.

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The Thunder's Sawyer Wanzek attempts to glide over the bar during the high jump during the 701 Apparel Invite on Saturday, May 13, at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium.
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The Blue Jays are back in action at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 15, when they take part in the Bill Jansen Last Chance Meet.

Full Standings Below: 


  1. Benson County: 134 
  2. Griggs-Midkota: 107 
  3. Jamestown: 104 
  4. Medina/Pingree-Buchanan: 92 
  5. South Border: 52 
  6. Ellendale: 52


  1. Benson County: 161 
  2. Griggs-Midkota: 139 
  3. Jamestown: 131 
  4. Ellendale: 73 
  5. South Border: 42 
  6. Medina/Pingree-Buchanan: 29 
  7. Kidder County: 10
My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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