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Young leads Jimmies at nationals

Matt Young ran a personal-best time at the NAIA national cross country championships on Saturday in Elsah, Ill. The University of Jamestown sophomore from Woodland, Wash., crossed in 25 minutes, 57.90 seconds to finish 92nd out of 332 runners. Yo...

Matt Young ran a personal-best time at the NAIA national cross country championships on Saturday in Elsah, Ill.

The University of Jamestown sophomore from Woodland, Wash., crossed in 25 minutes, 57.90 seconds to finish 92nd out of 332 runners. Young beat his North Star Athletic Association championship-winning time of 26:04.44 run two weeks earlier in Dickinson.

Young was the top NSAA finisher in the race. He also improved by more than 70 places from his 2015 finish.

"Matt ran an incredible race," UJ men's coach Ed Crawford said. "He went out smart-he's a very intelligent and patient runner-and I'm really happy with how he finished."

Three Jimmie women also competed in nationals.

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Christa Lysne, a senior from Devils Lake, was the first across in a seasonal-best time of 19:37.11. Lysne, competing in her second national meet, placed 209th out of 344 runners.

Amber Posner, a junior from Pillager, Minn., finished 253rd in a time of 19:55.01.

Allie Foster, a sophomore from Rugby, N.D., came in 260th (20:01.15).

"I'm really happy for Christa," UJ women's coach Jim Clark said. "She ran at cross country nationals as a freshman and now as a senior. There were a lot of bumps in the road in between, so I am proud of how she has worked her way to such a good season.

"She also helped to make Amber and Allie better runners. There can be very good cross country seasons ahead for both Amber and Allie. They made solid strides this year. Now on to track!"

Montana Tech edges DSU

Montana Tech held off Dickinson State 28-21 in the opening round of the NAIA football playoffs on Saturday in Butte, Mont.

The 14th-ranked Blue Hawks trailed 21-0 in the second quarter, but rallied back and had the ball with a chance to tie before their final drive late in the fourth quarter ended on downs.

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Kaler Ray had a touchdown pass and his 51-yard scoring run made it 28-21 in the fourth quarter. Ray ran for 90 yards and threw for 78. Jed Fike had 143 yards rushing and two scores.

The Blue Hawks finished the season with a record of 9-3.

Montana Tech, ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, got 243 yard passing and two touchdowns from Quinn McQueary, who also added a TD run for the 10-1 Orediggers.

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