Mon, Jan. 30, 2012 - [Men's Track & Field]
Spencer Kamoni, a sophomore from Jamestown on the men's team, accounted for the only win for the Jimmies on Saturday at the Cobber Invite in Moorhead.
Kamoni came into the indoor season in prime shape and has looked it.
He skunked the field Saturday and essentially was running alone in his winning 1:58.51, which was just 1.2 seconds from qualifying for nationals.
"Spencer really committed himself to getting in shape and it's paying off for him," JC men's coach Ed Crawford said. "He keeps getting better and better and I really think he has a chance to qualify for nationals. He's really motivated and it's great to see."
Crawford spoke the same way of Jarann Johnson, who continued his fast start to the season.
The junior from California was second in the 400 (51.048) and sixth in the 200 (23.38) right behind teammate Brent Jansen (23.31), a PR.
"Jarann has really done a nice job for us. He's another kid that's really motivated and you can see that by the way he is running right now."
Trent Roemmich also continued to sparkle, and is just a whisker off from qualifying. His runner-up time of 8.44 is just .04 away from nationals. And his time was comfortably the best of all college athletes in the meet, which was made up of MSU-Moorhead, Concordia, Mary, Valley City State, Minn.-Morris, Minot State, Presentation College and NDSU.
"Trent ran a really good race. He just missed nationals, but he'll get there," Crawford said.
Matt Johnson, a freshman from Jamestown, had lifetime bests in both the triple jump (42-4.25), where he was second, and the long jump (19-11).
The Jimmies talented throwing trio of Rob Nelson, Mike Findlay, and Garrett Tenney also delivered.
Nelson's 45-2.25 was the second-best throw in the meet and Findlay was third (44-9).
"Real pleased with Rob and Mike. Those were good solid throws," Crawford said.
Tenney is relatively new to the weight throw, but he launched it 50-8 for fourth. Findlay (49-11.75) was fifth.
"Garrett has a lot of talent. To get back that 50-foot mark is a big deal. He's really improving," Crawford said.
"We're coming along. I'm happy with the progress," Crawford said. "The guys that are working hard and doing the right things are getting better every week."
The Jimmies head back to Moorhead on Saturday for the Cobber Duals.
Courtesy of David Selvig, Jamestown Sun