Things got real for the Jamestown High School track and field team last week.
"I think it was a good step forward for us," co-head JHS track and field coach Ken Gardner said. "For some of the athletes it was a little bit of an eye-opener, but I would say for most of them they stepped up and competed well."
The University of Mary hosted the Blue Jays and Bismarck area schools in the first WDA meet of the season last Tuesday and Thursday. Both Blue Jay teams racked up fourth-place finishes out of the six competing teams during the indoor finales. Bismarck Century claimed meet titles on both the girls' and boys' side, outscoring second-place teams by more than 20 points.
The Blue Jays will now transition to the outdoor meet schedule. The girls competed in Valley City on Tuesday and the boys will follow on Thursday. Throwing events begin at 3 p.m. Spectators will be allowed.
No one but competing teams and coaches got to see the battle in the 60-meter dash last Tuesday.
Annie Nabwe, a junior for the Blue Jays, won the 60-meter dash, outrunning her younger sister Yolanda by 0.12 seconds. Nabwe broke the tape in just over eight seconds while Yolanda powered her way to a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter sprint, crossing the line at 8.21 seconds.
"It's fun to see those two competing well and going head to head in those sprint events," Gardner said. "Having good performances in several different areas -- sprints, throws, jumps -- that really helps. It's nice to see."
The competition continued in the field events.
In the long jump, Yolanda finished third at 16 feet, 5 inches -- eight inches behind top-finisher Hope Stein of Century. Annie ended up fourth, launching herself to a 16-4 spot.
Annie finished first in her third consecutive meet in the shot put, throwing 44-2. Out of the junior's six throws, five have been longer than 43 feet, and Gardner said he and head girls coach Mike Dietz are happy to see the consistency start to take effect in the circle. Gardner also commended the younger of the Nabwe duo for helping to anchor the Blue Jays' fourth-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay Tuesday.
"Annie is a really good athlete," Dietz said. "She's explosive, she's quick. Yolanda competed well. In that 4x200-meter relay, she was coming down the stretch and was really running hard. She got a little bit tripped up but those are the learning experiences we get to have."
The boys' team also has some learning to do in the sprints.
Dietz said that the WDA is dominated by juniors and seniors in the sprints, which makes it difficult for an inexperienced team like the Blue Jays to gain much ground. Dietz said being outdoors and gaining more meet experience will likely help the Jays make strides and become more consistent across races.
"We have boys that are willing to work hard across all areas and that's what you want," Dietz said. "You want kids that want to compete and get better. With both boys and girls we are really strong in that area."
The Blue Jay boys are also pretty dang strong in the distance races.
"As far as the distance, I think I had maybe 10 guys in the varsity and the JV in the 1,600, and almost every one of them set a personal best time," Gardner said. "They are running well right now. It was nice to see Ben (Anteau) end up in second place with a really, really fast time."
Defending Class A boys state cross country champ Sean Korsmo won the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:20.38, beating Anteau by three seconds. Gardner said Anteau has knocked 30 seconds off his mile pace since the 2019 track season. Gavin Haut finished up eighth in the first heat of runners, running a season-best time of 4:38.96.
"That first heat of the boys' varsity was one of the most fun races I've watched in a while," Gardner said. "They are so deep. With runners from Century, Bismarck High and Jamestown -- we've all got a couple of runners who are really running tough right now. So that was good to see."
Boys: 1. Century 162; 2. Legacy 138; 3. Bismarck High 101; 4. Jamestown 40; 5. Mandan 35; 6. Bismarck St. Mary's 25; Girls: 1. Century 146; 2. Mandan 104; 3. Bismarck High 92; 4. Jamestown 67; 5. Legacy 63; 6. St. Mary's 11.
Top finishers / Blue Jay results
60 meter dash: Boys: 1. Calob Larson, LEG, 6.96; 23. Levi Korum, J, 7.73; 27. Hunter Nelson, J, 7.96; Girls: 1. Annie Nabwe, J, 8.09; 4. Yolanda Nabwe 8.21; 25. Lexi Hibpshman 9.18.
200 meter dash: Boys: 1. Larson, LEG, 22.69; 12. Brode Hillstrom 24.72; 14. Korum 25.46; 16. Preston Kroeber 26.09; 19. Daniel Ulrich 26.45; 23. Carter Burchill 26.69; Girls: 1. Emily Goldade, BC, 26.81; 12. Hibpshman 30.77.
400 meter dash: Boys: 1. Larson, LEG, 48.93; 8. Kroeber 56.63; 10. Burchill 1:00.91; Girls: 1. Gabby Gannon, BHS, 1:05.03.
800 meter run: Boys: 1. Chance Bowlinger, BC, 2:00.14; Girls: 1. Acey Elkins, MAN, 2:31.75.
1600 meter run: Boys: 1. Sean Korsmo, BHS, 4:20.38; 2. Ben Anteau 4:23.49; 8. Gavin Haut 4:38.96; 11. Chandlar Rott 4:46.45; 15. Kade Schumacher 4:56.88; 17. Micah Hoke 4:58.05; 18. Cullen Flieth 5:01.87. Girls: 1. Meghan Ford, J, 5:08.13; 10. Jera Truax 6:04.35; 11. Maddy Orr 6:04.60.
60 meter hurdles: Boys: 1. Brock Johnsen, BC, 8.25; 6. Devin Beach 9.69; Girls: 1. Anna Rader, BC, 9.81; 5. Bernadette Belzer 10.75; 11. Carly Raap 12.54.
4x200 meter relay: Boys: 1. Legacy (Austin White, Nathan Mathern, Dylan McGlothlin, TJ Seidel), 1:35.13; 4. Jamestown (Korum, C'Andre Douglas, Paris Ndikum, Brode Hillstrom), 1:39.63; Girls: 1. Century (Eden Fridley, Hannah Herbel, Ashton Kinnebrew, Emily Goldade), 1:49.21; 4. Jamestown (Taylor Williamson, Carly Raap, Julia Skari, Y. Nabwe), 1:59.90.
4x400 meter relay: Boys: 1. Century (Jacob Renz, Brock Johnsen, Parker Ehrman, Drew Kelsch), 3:39.72; 4. Jamestown (Chandlar Rott, Micah Hoke, Gavin Haut, Ben Anteau), 3:48.48; Girls: 1. Mandan (Morgan Sheldon, Alyssa Schafer, Elkins, Cami Frey), 4:24.19; 2. Jamestown (Skari, Belzer, Raap, Ford), 4:27.75.
4x800 meter relay: Boys: 1. Century (Bowlinger, Iver Phillips, Braden Pitcher, Luke Gasper), 8:46.15; Girls: 1. Mandan (Mya Sheldon, Ashlyn Markel, Whitney McGee, Anna Bendish), 11:20.12.
High jump: Boys: 1. Braden Brown, BC, 6-08.00; 3. Beach J5-08.00; Girls: 1. Hope Stein, BC, 4-11.00; 10. Hibpshman J4-03.00.
Pole vault: Boys: 1. Caden Hight, BC, 12-06.00; Girls: 1. Paige Davis, LEG, 9-06.00.
Long jump: Boys: 1. Matthew Alexis, LEG, 22-11.00; 11. Hillstrom 19-09.50; 23. Beach 18-08.00; 27. Nelson 17-06.50; 31. Ulrich 16-10.00; 32. Korum 15-07.00; Girls: 1. Hope Stein, BC, 17-01.50; 3. Y. Nabwe 16-05.00; 4. A. Nabwe 16-04.00; 16. Hibpshman 14-05.50; 17. Belzer 14-03.50; 18. Raap 14.01.00.
Triple jump: Boys: 1. Zander Albers, LEG, 43-00.50; 4. Beach 41.05.50; 7. Hillstrom 35-11.50; Girls: 1. Mandie Picard, BHS, 34-00.50;
Shot put: Boys: 1. Jaxon Duttenhefer, MAN, 53.05.50; 6. Thomas Allmer 47-00.00; Girls: 1. A. Nabwe 44-02.00; 9. Taylor Williamson 34-00.00.