Jamestown's Meghan Ford three-peats, Williston wins team crown
October 24, 2020 8:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Jamestown senior Meghan Ford completed her prep cross country running career on Saturday, October 24 by winning a third-consecutive NDHSAA Class A girls cross country individual state championship.
Ford locked up the three-peat in convincing fashion racing to a time of 17 minutes, 58.83 seconds – 40 seconds faster than the next finisher in the field during the 2020 NDHSAA State Cross Country Meet hosted at Parkhurst Recreation Area in Jamestown.
The three-peat was the first to be achieved in Class A girls since Tarin Lachowitzer won three straight from 2009-2011 with Fargo South and Fargo Davies high schools.
Jaelyn Ogle of Watford City finished in second place with a time of 18:37.60.
In the team competition, Williston edged Bismarck High by three points to win the program’s first ever Class A girls state championship. The Coyotes scored a team total of 75 points and were paced by Eleni Lovgren (4th, 18:57.23), Dru Zander (7th, 19:03.22) and Sierra Watterud (16th, 19:50.29).
INDIVIDUAL TOP 20
1. Meghan Ford, Jamestown, 17:59; 2. Jaelyn Ogle, Watford City, 18:38; 3. Onnica Stansbury, West Fargo Sheyenne, 18:52; 4. Eleni Lovgren, Williston, 18:58; 5. Hayley Ogle, Watford City, 19:00; 6. Acey Elkins, Mandan, 19:02; 7. Dru Zander, Williston, 19:04; 8. Trinity Jessen, Minot, 19:06; 9. Jilee Golus, Bismarck High, 19:18; 10. Jadyn Guidinger, Bismarck Legacy, 19:36; 11. Taya Fettig, Bismarck High, 19:38; 12. Anna Bernhardt, Shanley, 19:46; 13. Ellie Schmitz, Watford City, 19:47; 14. Claire Hynek, Grand Forks Central, 19:47; 15. Emily Goldade, Bismarck Century, 19:50; 16. Sierra Watterud, Williston, 19:51; 17. Bayla Weigel, Bismarck High, 19:53; 18. Olivia Heilman, West Fargo Sheyenne, 19:59; 19. Anna Lien, Fargo North, 20:00; 20. Sophia Ness, Bismarck High, 20:03.
TEAM RESULTS (Top 5)
1. Williston (75); 2. Bismarck High (78); 3. Watford City (144); 4. Fargo North (157); 5. West Fargo Sheyenne (170).
2020 NDHSCA Class A Girls Cross Country Senior Athlete of the Year:
MEGHAN FORD from JAMESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
2020 NDHSCA Class A Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year:
CHASE GREGORY from WILLISTON HIGH SCHOOL