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AGAIN ALL-AMERICAN: Arellano helps UJ 4x400 team break record

The Jimmie women's 4x400 relay team of, from left, Hannah Christenson, Kylee Voigt, Emily Stier and Kaiann Arellano set a new school record Friday at the NAIA national meet in Gulf Shores, Ala. Photo courtesy Jim Clark

Moments after earning the sixth All-American honor of a now storied career, Kaiann Arellano had just enough left in the tank to help her Jimmie teammates break a school record.

The University of Jamestown track star ran the anchor leg of the women's preliminary 4x400-meter relay in 58.8 seconds Friday in Gulf Shores, Ala., as Arellano, Hannah Christenson, Kylee Voigt and Emily Stier clocked a combined 3 minutes, 54.02 seconds. The new Jimmie record clipped the old mark of 3:54.21.

Jamestown will wrap up the NAIA outdoor national track and field championships Saturday with Arellano competing in the high jump, and Matt Young, Amber Posner and Allison Foster taking part in the men's and women's marathons.

"That was the most fun I've had in a 4x4, ever," said Arellano. "We were ranked at the bottom and we competed with the people in our heat. It was a lot of fun."

The Jamestown relay team finished 18th of 23 teams after being seeded 23rd, but ultimately will miss the finals. Arellano had just wrapped up a sixth-place finish in the women's heptathlon with a run of 2:22.85 in the 800 meters prior to the relay.

Arellano entered the final three events of heptathlon Friday third of 16 athletes. She placed 16th in the long jump (14 feet, 9 inches), 13th in the javelin (86-3) and fifth in the 800, finishing with 4,526 points and All-American award No. 6.

"I don't think I had anything left to give," Arellano said. "I literally dropped at the end.

"It's just kind of mindblowing to think of where I started to where I am now, and it's been really special to have all my coaches and teammates with me on this ride, too."

Longtime Jimmie women's track and field coach Jim Clark, who is now the team's associate head coach, was understandably proud of the woman who came into the program as a distance runner from Jamestown High with a mountain untapped potential.

"It's been a special four years, that's for sure," Clark said. "I never would have anticipated all of this. It's something you kind of dream about—kids having that opportunity—and when it happens you don't want to see it end."

Arellano will finish her Jimmie career Saturday where it really all began: competing in the high jump.

"I just want to go in relaxed and enjoy my very last event competing as a Jimmie," Arellano said. "It means a lot that I get to close out my career with that event."

Jimmie sophomore Julia Johnson finished 17th in the women's national triple jump Friday with a leap of 36 feet, 5 3/4 inches.

NAIA Women's National Track & Field Championships

At Gulf Shores, Ala.

Heptathlon

1. Chelsea Baker, Friends (Kan.), 5120; 2. Tyanna Petty, Rio Grande (Ohio), 4989; 3. Aurora Arevalo, Morningside (Iowa), 4749; 4. Maddie Minnaert, Benedictine (Kan.), 4651; 5. Bethay Lacock, Carroll (Mont.), 4602; 6. Kaiann Arellano, Jamestown, 4526; 7. Megan Van Harn, William Woods (Mo.), 4518; 8. Joscelyn Wind, Dordt (Iowa), 4465; 9. Madison Herrera, Westmont (Calif.), 4451; 10. Jessica Deterding, Concordia (Neb.), 4413; 11. Morgan Luedy, Cornerstone (Mich.), 4362; 12. Lorna Bechtel, Indiana Wesleyan, 4302; 13. Vendela Williams, William Jessup (Calif.), 4267; 14. Leah Banks, Loyola-New Orleans, 4260; 15. Loghan Sprauer, Southern Oregon, 3452; 16. Kennedy Mogul, Concordia (Neb.), 3212.

Winners / Arellano's results

100 hurdles: 1. Baker 14.40; 5. Arellano 14.92.

High jump: 1. Baker 1.77; 3. Arellano 1.59 (5 feet, 2 1/2 inches).

Shot put: 1. Van Harn 12.36; 8. Arellano 10.10 (33 feet, 1 1/2 inches).

200: 1. Herrera 25.09; 7. Arellano 26.04.

Long jump: 1. Luedy 4.84; 14. Arellano 4.5 (14 feet, 9 inches).

Javelin: 1. Vendela Williams 29.0; 11. Arellano 26.29 (86 feet, 3 inches).

800: 1. Baker 2:34.08; 5. 2:22.85.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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