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Ford wins in Rugby, boys finish second

Jamestown High School cross-country runners, from left, Eliza Herrick, Amanda Sargeant and Alyssa Allen compete in the Rugby Invite on Saturday. Pam Schmiedeberg / For The Sun

Jamestown High School's Meghan Ford put her coach's fears over being apathetic out on the cross-country course to bed Saturday in Rugby.

The top-ranked Class A runner won her seventh consecutive race by 2 minutes, 31 seconds over Rugby's Quinn Neppl at the Booster Club Invitational at Rugby Golf Course. The sophomore finished with a time of 17:50.71.

"As far as margin of victory, that was her biggest one," Blue Jay coach Ken Gardner said, whose team hosts the West Region meet on Saturday, Oct. 13. "One of my fears was she's getting stale or bored but she put the pedal down and ran a good race."

The margin of victory was nine seconds more than Ford's win at the Devils Lake Invite, where she cruised by 2:22 over Langdon-Edmore-Munich's Elise Ramberg. The closest race for Ford so far was a 49-second win at the 'Orr'iginals Meet at Parkhurst Recreation area, where both the regional and state competitions will be held.

The Jamestown boys finished second behind Class B's top-ranked New Town, which has been happening pretty regularly as of late. The Eagles edged the Jays at the R-M Stoudt Invite, while Jamestown placed second and New Town took third at the Valley City Blue-White Invite.

"They're the top-ranked team in Class B for a reason, so being competitive with them is a good sign," Gardner said. "Throughout the season we've gained ground on New Town."

The top five Blue Jay runners all finished under 18th, and all ran under 18 minutes. Jacob Anteau and Gavin Haut finished No. 5 and 6, respectively, followed by Chandlar Rott (9), Ben Anteau (13) and Zeb Willer (18).

Next weekend will be a big test for the boys at the West Region meet with top-ranked Bismarck High, along with three other ranked teams, coming to Parkhurst Recreation Area. The West also has seven individually ranked runners.

"We'll stick our nose in there and see how it goes," Gardner said. "With our top five being so close together, we'll hopefully be able to slide in there for one of the top spots."

Saturday's meet will get underway at 1 p.m.

"Maybe we come in as a dark horse because most teams haven't seen our guys and girls yet," Gardner said. "We have the experience on the course after hosting and running twice this year so hopefully that plays to our advantage."

Rugby Booster Club Invitational

Girls

Team results

1. Rugby 55; 2. Devils Lake 86; 3. New Town 127; 4. Jamestown 134; 5. Southern McLean 265; 6. Langdon-Munich-Edmore 275; 7. Stanley 276; 8. Beulah-Hazen 281; 9. New Rockford-Sheyenne 298; 10. Carrington 316; 11. Shiloh Christian 318; 12. Griggs County Central 338; 13. Killdeer 360; 14. Harvey-Wells County 373; 15. Parshall 420; 16. St. John 467; 17. Solen 468; 18. Surrey 487; 19. Turtle Mountain 521; 20. White Shield 522; 21. Max-Garrison-South Prairie 529; 22. Dunseith 541; 23. Four Winds-Minnewaukan 556; 24. Velva 572.

Blue Jay results

1. Meghan Ford 17:50.71; 31. Peyton Rudnick; 33. Eliza Herrick 22:24.40; 34. Alyssa Allen 22:30.76; 35. Amanda Sargeant 22:34.33; 49. Emily Sargeant 23:02.42; 92. Sadie Meissner 26:40.50; 98. Makayla Komrosky 26:56.36; 99. Ana Weber 26:59.13; 101. Erin Gee 27:04.14; 104. Torre Mack 28:17.03.

Boys

Team results

1. New Town 36; 2. Jamestown 51; 3. Griggs County Central 158; 4. Devils Lake 167; 5. Shiloh Christian 235; 6. Langdon-Edmore-Munich 253; 7. Rugby 269; 8. Stanley 315; 9. Killdeer 332; 10. Four Winds-Minnewaukan 356; 11. Beulah-Hazen 359; 12. Max-Garrison-South Prairie 405; 13. Southern McLean 413; 14. Carrington 438; 15. Solen 444; 16. Velva 456; 17. Williston Trinity 464; 18. Surrey 525; 19. Parshall 583; 20. White Shield 587; 21. Harvey-Wells County 650; 22. Turtle Mountain 691; 23. Hebron 720; 24. Lewis & Clark 759; 25. Rolla 770.

Blue Jay results

5. Jacob Anteau 17:05.40; 6. Gavin Haut 17:08.24; 9. Chandlar Rott 17:11.81; 13. Ben Anteau 17:41.80; 18. Zeb Willer 17:55.68; 23. Micah Hoke 18:09; 30. Cullen Flieth 18:29.23; 35. Ethan Igl 18:38.11; 64. Hunter Mitchell 19:42.09; 65. Thomas Schmiedeberg 19:42.89; 82. Daniel Ulrich 20:23.49; 87. Sam Anteau 20:32.84; 96. Jackson Naumann 20:52.93; 101. Jarron Waldie 21:04.22; 105. Raine Job 21:19.46; 106. Jaron Coombs 21:21.75; 125. Zack Hogue 22:39.41; 146. Mason Klocke 24:48.83.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

(360) 918-1853
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