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Kaiann Arellano's collegiate track and field career almost never came to pass. The five-time All-American wasn't exactly putting up eye-popping numbers coming out of Jamestown High School. In fact, it's possible Arellano might not have even landed a spot with her current team at the University of Jamestown today. Jimmies' first-year head track and field coach Megan Kuehl, and longtime UJ women's coach and current associate head coach Jim Clark, will be leading Arellano and eight other Jimmies at the NAIA outdoor national championships starting tomorrow in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Seniors Kaitlin Mullowney and Payton Hoggarth stepped up when Jamestown High School needed them most. The duo helped lead Blue Jay girls tennis to three straight team victories on the road to close the regular season, culminating with a 5-4 victory Saturday at Dickinson. Hoggarth defeated the Midgets' Emma Dazell 7-6(3), 6-2 at No. 4 singles to edge Dickinson by a point at the finish line.
It's not easy capturing individual West Region track and field titles, but the Blue Jay girls put a pair at the top of the podium Saturday in Bismarck. Jamestown senior Alyssa Ukestad won the 300-meter hurdles, and freshman distance phenom Meghan Ford captured titles in both the 800 and 1600 to lead the Jays to 60.5 team points and a seventh-place finish at the West Region meet. "I'm really happy with how we performed," Blue Jay girls track and field coach Mike Dietz said. "There were a few nice surprises, but I was expecting that out of these girls.
A year ago, Jamestown High School would be qualified to compete in the state girls soccer tournament. The Blue Jays were already locked into the West Region's fourth position—the former state tournament threshold—entering Saturday's final match of the regular season hosting Mandan. The Braves wound up defeating the Blue Jays 1-0, and the two teams will face each other again this Thursday in a state-qualifying match of the West Region tournament in Bismarck.
Jamestown Blue Jay softball made a statement in its final at-bat of the regular season Saturday at Trapper Field. The Jays erupted for a 14-run, game 2 fifth inning against visiting Mandan, en route to sweeping the Braves 9-0 and 14-2. Jamestown sent a whopping 19 batters to the plate during the rally, recording 10 hits, five walks and one hit batter.
Blue Jay baseball was the Cinderella story of last year's West Region tournament, reaching the championship game as a seven seed. There'll be no need for Jamestown High School to make such a run this spring. The Jays earned the conference tournament's fourth seed Saturday, sweeping Bismarck St. Mary's 10-1 and 3-1 to wrap up the regular season.
Wind and rain were the conditions Friday at the Williston Invitational boys golf tournament at Links of North Dakota. But Jamestown High School remained consistent, placing sixth for the fourth time in eight tournaments. "The conditions were challenging, as winds were consistently 20 mph with gusts 25-30," said Jamestown girls golf coach Tracy Gustafson, who was filling in Friday for head coach John Samuelson. "The rain held off after a few sprinkles here and there. The guys were able to keep the ball in play for the most part and battled through the tough conditions."
Somewhere between North Dakota and Illinois Friday afternoon, Jacob Rice was still processing the week's achievement. The University of Jamestown golfer made good on his 39th par in 72 holes hours earlier, wrapping up a piece of Jimmie history on the final day at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. The first Jimmie to make the final-round cut at the NAIA men's golf national tournament soared eight spots up the leaderboard, finishing in a six-way tie for 27th at 6-over par.
University of Jamestown baseball staved off elimination three times this week in Oklahoma, but the ride came to an end Thursday. The Jimmies ran into a buzz saw on the pitcher's mound in a winner-take-all game of the NAIA opening round Oklahoma City Bracket played at Jim Wade Stadium. Tanner Andrews pitched all nine innings for tournament host Oklahoma City University, lifting the Stars to a 4-0 victory over the Jimmies.
University of Jamestown is one win away from advancing to the college baseball NAIA World Series. The Jimmies defeated Oklahoma City University 7-4 Thursday, May 17, in the NAIA opening round Oklahoma City Bracket, setting up a winner-take-all championship game between the Jimmies and the OCU Stars scheduled for 3:45 p.m. this afternoon at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City.