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BISMARCK—Meghan Ford not only battled a nagging cold Friday in her attempt to defend her Class A girls championship in the 1,600 meters. Jamestown High School's record holder in the mile also had to overcome the race of a lifetime turned in by Fargo Davies' Megan Lundstrom. Ford surpassed a determined Lundstrom in the final 50 meters at the MDU Resources Community Bowl, winning back-to-back state titles in the 1,600 by a little more than half a second. Ford's winning jaunt clocked 4 minutes, 55.34, a mere 1.13 seconds off the sophomore's JHS record.
BISMARCK—North Dakota State University distance runner Elliott Stone had a message for Edgeley-Kulm's Isaac Huber this weekend: set a new Class B boys record in the 1,600 meters. Huber did just that, dominating the competition Friday at the MDU Resources Community Bowl. The E-K senior won by over seven seconds in 4 minutes, 17.58 seconds, besting the Class B record of 4:18.05 set by Stone in 2015 as a runner for Shiloh Christian. Huber is slated to join Stone and NCAA Division I Bison track and field next season.
Jim Christ would famously hoot the instruction to "bend your knees" to shooters at the free-throw line. It's safe to assume the phrase will be uttered countless times May 28 in the parking lot of Jamestown High School. The "Bend Your Knees!" Campaign, a freewill car wash sponsored by the JHS athletics department, will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Jamestown High School volleyball coach Sara Hegerle said the project is aimed at raising money for community service projects within the city of Jamestown, and will also celebrate the life of Christ.
Just 10 days ago the Jamestown High School girls soccer team possessed an overall record of 1-7-2. Four days after that the club's only senior, all-state forward Peyton Rudnick, was awash in tears having played her final match of the regular season at Jamestown's Rotary Field. Well, dry those eyes, Peyton, the Blue Jays are coming home.
A season of small things has made a big difference at times for Jamestown Blue Jays softball this spring. The Jays fell to Dickinson 7-4 during Thursday's West Region tournament quarterfinals in Minot, giving up six walks and three errors to the third-seeded Midgets. Jamestown plays Mandan today at 1 p.m. in loser-out action. "It's just the little things that have sorta been haunting us all season long," said Blue Jays coach Marissa Drenth. "We gave a very good team too many extra opportunities. If we clean some of that stuff up that game tells a different story."
Whitney Carlson owned the 200 meters, the 300 hurdles and the long jump while competing for Carrington High School in the early 2000s. The former Class B track and field giant swept all three events at the state meet for four consecutive years between 2003-06. Now in her early 30s and soon to be mother of three, Dr. Whitney (Carlson) Bruins is slated to be enshrined into the North Dakota High School Track and Field Hall of Fame this weekend.
VCSU to begin NAIA World Series play The Valley City State University softball team will be competing in the NAIA Softball World Series this week for the first time since 2006. The Vikings will play Oklahoma City University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Springfield, Mo. The 10-team, double-elimination tournament runs May 23-29 and will determine the 2019 national champion.
Peyton Rudnick was unable to control the emotion following her final match at Jamestown High School's Rotary Soccer Field on Friday night. It truly was the all-state forward's night. Rudnick, the lone senior on this year's JHS girls soccer team, scored unassisted in the 77th minute to help the Blue Jays walk off the pitch with a 3-1 victory over Bismarck Legacy on Senior Night. "This was my final game on this field," smiled Rudnick, brushing away tears. "Especially since it was Senior Night, we wanted to end big."
Jeff Carpenter was no longer upset last Monday with how his racing season began two nights prior in Jamestown. The Valley City driver was focused forward, working to fix his No. 37 Midwest modified after a bumpy Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway led to a 24th-place DNF. Carpenter, 61, passed away unexpectedly while working on his car, just hours after talking to close racing friend and Valley City native Randy Klein over the phone.
Last Saturday's opening night at Jamestown Speedway couldn't have gone much better for the track's owners Tim and Allison Baldwin. Not only did the addition of the INEX Legends help produce an impressive car count of 118 out of the gate, the racing surface was fantastic and the competitive green-flag action thrilled. But why not promptly start on time?