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Wind unable to stop JHS track and field from getting better

The Jamestown High School track and field team competed at the Carrington Kiwanis Track and Field Invite on May 7, 2022.

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Preston Kroeber competes in a sprinting event at the Dickinson Coca-Cola Track and Field Invite on April 8, 2022. Kroeber set a new personal record in the 300 meter hurdles at the Carrington Kiwanis Invite on Saturday May 7, 2022.
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If the Carrington Kiwanis Track and Field Invite would have been set to the tune of a song, it would have undoubtedly be, Bob Seger's, "Against the Wind."

"The word of the day was 'wind,'" Jamestown High School co-head track and field coach Ken Gardner said. "Today was the worst we've had in a long time. One of our sprint coaches checked and it was 37 miles per hour at one point. It's tough to perform at your best when it is like that especially when you are competing out there for five hours.

"I thought the kids did a good job at maintaining focus and putting out their best effort for the day."

The Jays best effort wound up putting them on top of the podium.

Both the Blue Jay girls and boys track and field teams took home championship titles Saturday with the girls earning 350 team points while the guys notched 287 through the 19 events. Gardner and the squad will be back in action on Tuesday at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium on the University of Jamestown's campus.

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Jamestown is expecting Kindred and Wahpeton to travel west for the Jays' second true-team format meet of the year. Events are slated to begin at 3 p.m.

While the squad did notch the top-spots in Carrington, Gardner said the weather was not favorable in earning personal best times, distances or heights throughout the day. Still, the head coach said a number of athletes used the meet as an opportunity to get more reps and experience before the West Region Meet on May 20 and the state track and field meet scheduled for May 26-28 at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

"The results might not show that our kids had a lot of PRs or anything like that but again, you get out and you use it as training," Gardner said. "If you are running against the wind, it's like you are running uphill and you use it as a workout and try to get better."

Even with the wind though, the Jays proved themselves in several different events.

"Devin Beach qualified for the state meet in the triple jump this season," Gardner said. "The 4x100 meter relay ran under 45 seconds and the first and second legs were going into the wind the whole way so to come out with a time that fast was nice."

Beach hit the 41 foot, 6 inch mark in triple jump while the 4x100 finished the 0.25 miles in 44.92 seconds. Preston Kroeber already qualified to the state meet in the 300 meter hurdles, but the senior managed to gain a new PR in the event, finishing the race in 41.66 seconds.

Mag Cummings, a freshman for the Jays, was not all that far behind Kroeber, finishing in sixth place with a time of 43.66 seconds. In the throws, Thomas Allmer collected first place honors in shot and discus. Jacoby Traut, another Jamestown freshman, took second in javelin, with a throw of 143 feet, 5 inches.

"That's a really good throw for someone that young — that's a great place for him to be right now," Gardner said. "It was nice to see those guys get out there and compete and not let the wind be a reason to not work hard."

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It wasn't just the boys who were battling.

Allysah Larson, a sophomore for the Jays, notched state qualifying times in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. The sophomore came in second in the 100, 0.49 seconds behind Yolanda Nabwe who won the event with a time of 12.31 seconds. Larson won the 200, crossing the line at 26.40 beating out Nabwe by 0.16 seconds.

Nabwe continued her win-streak in the 100 meter hurdles, breaking the tape at 15.12 seconds.

Annie Nabwe once again proved how unstoppable she is in the throws. The University of Minnesota track and field commit notched wins in the shot, discus and javelin. The senior's 46 foot, 8 inch throw in shot notched her a season record.

Julia Skari, Haylie Hakanson and Hunter Petersen went 2-3-4 in the triple jump contest — all recording marks of more than 33 feet. Hakanson and Petersen placed second and third in high jump, both clearing the bar at 4 feet, 9 inches.

"We'll just keep improving and hoping for that perfect day," Gardner said. "We'll get some fresh legs and fresh arms and hopefully it will all come together."

Team results

Girls

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1. Jamestown 350; 2. Carrington 264; 3. Devils Lake 200; 4. Benson County 132; 5. Drayton/Valley-Edinburg 126; 6. Kidder County 92; 7. Langdon/EM 86; 8. Griggs Midkota 50; 9. Rolette/Wolford 40; 10. Larimore 38; 11. New Rockford-Sheyenne 12; 12. Northern Lights 10; 13. Nelson County

Boys

1. Jamestown 287; 2. Devils Lake 237; 3. Carrington 196; 4. Drayton/Valley-Edinburg 115.66; 5. Benson County 108.66; 6. Nelson County 106; 7. Griggs Midkota 102.66; 8. Langdon/EM 102; 9. Kidder County 83; 10. Northern Lights 46; 11. Rolette/Wolford 32; 12. Larimore 18; 13. New Rockford-Sheyenne.

Top finishers/Blue Jay results

Girls

100: 1. Yolanda Nabwe, JHS, 12.31; 2. Allysah Larson 12.80; 5. Hunter Petersen 13.15; 12. Mona Kuylee 13.78; 21. Maren Kroeber 14.59; 25. Arya Mickelson 14.84; 40. Destiny Gray 16.02; 41. Kaia Hieb 16.4.

200: 1. Allysah Larson, JHS, 26.4; 2. Y. Nabwe 26.56; 6. Julia Skari 27.65; 12. Kuylee 29.23; 14. Erica Tarr 29.72.

400: 1. Elizabeth Fedje, D/V-E, 1:02.35; 10. Madelyn Tyson 1:12.84; 16. Kyra Hoffer 1:14.90; 20. Jayla Hoffer 1:20.02.

800: 1. Edyn Hoornaert, CAR, 2:34.28; 6. Jera Truax 2:48.52; 7. Haylie Hakanson 2:52.19.

1600: 1. Kenadie Pazdernik, CAR, 6:03.93; 2. Jera Truax 6:14.86.

3200: 1. Kenadie Pazdernik, CAR, 13:09.65; 2. Brooklyn Nygaard 13:38.30.

100 hurdles: 1. Yolanda Nabwe, JHS, 15.12.

300 hurdles: 1. Elizabeth Fedje, D/V-E, 47.43; 2. Julia Skari 49.12.

4x100: 1. Carrington (Sierra Friedt, Edyn Hoornaert, Mercedes Lura, Kylie Skadberg), 53.49; 6. Jamestown (Kaelyn Nygaard, Erica Tarr, Arya Mickelson, Mona Kuylee), 57.27.

4x200: 1. Devils Lake (Gabby Tangedal, Chaylee Hewson, Isabella Tangedal, Annika McCarthy), 1:56.21.

4x400: 1. Carrington (Madison Johnson, Mercedes Lura, Isabel Wendel, Edyn Hoornaert), 4:26.52.

4x800: 1. Carrington (Madison Johnson, Baylee Lura, Kacie Rexin, Kenadie Pazdernik), 10:56.43; 4. Jamestown (Brooklyn Nygaard, Kyra Hoffer, Jayla Hoffer, Madelyn Tyson), 12:18.47.

Shot put: 1. Annie Nabwe, JHS, 46-08; 5. Kendyl Anderson 30-09; 7. Kinley Anderson 29-07.50; 8. Addison Marker 29-05; 9. Kaelyn Nygaard 29-03; 11. Sadie Hager 27-06.50; 16. Destiny Gray 25-02; 23. Cammie Veldkamp 23-08,50; 25. Jordyn Larson 22-09.

Discus: 1. Annie Nabwe, JHS, 127-07; 2. Kinley Anderson 101-00; 7. Kendyl Anderson 78-05; 8. Addison Marker 78-03; 12. Destiny Gray 73-11; 15. Sadie Hager 70-02; 27. Cammie Veldkamp 56-07; 29. Jordyn Larson 55-08.

Javelin: 1. Annie Nabwe, JHS, 121-09; 7. Arya Mickelson 87-10; 8. Addison Marker 83-09; 10. Haylie Hakanson 78-00; 23. Kendyl Anderson 63-09; 26. Destiny Gray 57-07; 27. Kaelyn Nygaard, 55-10; 31. Sadie Hager 46-00; 32. Kaia Hieb 40-10; 32. Cammie Veldkamp 40-10; 34. Jordyn Larson 40-07.

High jump: 1. Elizabeth Fedje, D/V-E, 4-09; 2. Haylie Hakanson 4-09; 3. Hunter Petersen 4-09; 9. Mona Kuylee 4-03.

Pole vault: 1. Kylie Skadberg, CAR, 8-06; 9. Jayla Hoffer 6-06; 9. Arya Mickelson 6-06.

Long jump: 1. Shayna Gossen, BC, 15-02.5; 8. Maren Kroeber 13-7; 15. Addison Marker 12-04.5; 16. Kaia Hieb 12-02.50.

Triple jump: 1. Kennedy Harter, KC, 37-04.50; 2. Julia Skari 34-01.50; 3. Haylie Hakanson 34-00; 4. Hunter Petersen 33-03.5; 9.Maren Kroeber 28-10.50.

Boys

100: 1. Brode Hillstrom, JHS, 11.40; 3. Xander Netolicky 11.65; 8. Hunter Nelson 11.79; 14. Josh Robertson 12.21; 22. Dezyon Butler 12.53; 23. Carter Genter 12.55; 32. Louis Kjellberg-Jones 13.31; 33. Ian Lere 13.34; 34. Garin Groff 13.40; 37. Isaac Duven 13.49; 43. Gavin Iverson 13.82; 44. Kelson Kuylee 13.90; 46. Tristan Williams 14.12.

200: 1. Aiden Bryce Vold, DL, 22.55; 3. Sam Mayhair 23.65; 13. Nelson 25.40; 17. Brodie Scott 25.75; 26. Kelson Kuylee 28.59.

400: 1. Logan Weninger, CAR, 51.34; 13. Ty Kapp 59.78; 17. Damien Cross 1:02.81.

800: 1. Jacob Rexin, CAR, 2:15.75.

1600: 1.Tyler Goss, DL, 5:00.84; 5. Ethan Igl 5:15.90; 7. Micah Stoudt 5:18.81; 10. Raine Job 5:36.59; 11. Eliot Dixon 5:41.46; 18. Kamden Herzig 6:04.86; 20. Jonathan Aguire 6:18.03.

3200: 1. Brady Goss, DL, 10:18.04; 4. Sam Anteau 11:38.20; 5. Austin Andersen 11:59.21; 8. Ryley Smith 13:24,40.

110 hurdles: 1. Garrett Syverson, NC, 17.49; 2. Mag Cummings 18.59.

300 hurdles: 1. Preston Kroeber, JHS, 41.66; 6. Cummings 43.66.

4x100: 1. Jamestown (Sam Mayhair, Devin Beach, Preston Kroeber, Brode Hillstrom), 44.92; 4. Jamestown B (Xander Netolicky, Ty Kapp, Ray Vasquez, Dezyon Butler), 49.22; 5. Jamestown C (Damien Cross, Gavin Iverson, Tristan Williams, Carter Genter), 51.88; 9. Jamestown D (Louis Kjellberg-Jones, Garin Groff, Ian Lere, Isaac Duven), 52.59.

4x200: 1. Devils Lake (Sam Enget, Colton Schneider, Adam Sobolik, Aiden Bryce Volk), 1:37.44.

4x400: 1. Carrington (Jacob Rexin, McKade Zink, Jacob Seaburg, Logan Weninger), 3:49.84; 7. Jamestown (Eliot Dixon, Kamden Herzig, Raine Job, Micah Stoudt), 4:30.81.

4x800: 1. Benson County (Cole Knudson, Damien Herman, Macyn Olson, Gunnar Larson), 9:57.91; 2. Jamestown (Caleb Fabian, Sam Anteau, Austin Andersen, Ryley Smith), 10:14.12.

Shot put: 1. Thomas Allmer, JHS, 47-06.50; 13. Jacoby Traut 34-04; 31. Josh Dickerman 28-05; 33. Isaac Williams 27-00; 37. Grady Joseph 22-10.50.

Discus: 1. Thomas Allmer, JHS, 125-01; 18. Jacoby Traut 83-00; 23. Grady Joseph 74-01; 25. Josh Dickerman 73-04; 31. Isaac Williams 63-04.

Javelin: 1. Colton Schneider, DL, 156-07; 2. Jacoby Traut 143-05; 20. Josh Dickerman 82-08; 28. Isaac Williams 68-02; 34. Grady Joseph 50-03.

High jump: 1. Jack Steffan, NC, 5-08; 4. Devin Beach 5-06; 9. Ryan Kallenbach 5-02; 11. Max Rittenbach 4-08.

Pole vault: 1. Kael Kovar, CAR, 11-06.

Long jump: 1. Brode Hillstrom, JHS, 19-07.50; 5. Ryan Kallenbach 18-06.50; 6. Faustin Tuyikeze 18-02.00; 7. Hunter Nelson 18-01.50; 10. Dezyon Butler 16-7.50; 11. Max Rittenbach 16-04; 20. Brodie Scott 13-10.50; 26. Kelson Kuylee 12-02.50.

Triple jump; 1. Devin Beach, JHS, 41-06; 10. Max Rittenbach 32-10.50.

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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 kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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