A pair of school records highlighted the Wolves efforts February 6 and 7 at the Thundering Herd Classic track meet hosted by North Dakota State University. The meet featured two NCAA DI universities and five NSIC teams including Northern State, along with three other local universities. Standout sprinter Makenzie Hageman (Jr.) started the Wolves off with a fifth place finish in the 200m dash on Friday evening with a 26.05 clocking and followed that up by placing third in the 60m dash on Saturday, breaking her old school record of 8.82 twice in the process (8.80 in prelims, 8.81 in finals). Hageman ended the day by turning in the fastest split for her team’s 4x400m relay.
Distance ace Sasha Hovind, fresh off of her All-American cross country season, destroyed a 30 year old school record in the 3,000m run to finish 3rd. Hovind’s time of 9:59.55 bettered NSU Hall of Famer Marlene (Camlmus) Lorenz’s 1985 record of 10:25.82 by an astonishing 26 seconds and earned the sophomore’s first career provisional national qualifying time, where she currently sits 22nd in the country. Dakotah Bullen (So.) and Lindsey Gast (Fr.) added some depth in the 3,000m run placing 8th and 9th respectively in times 10:26.47 and 10:30.30, which were just off of the previous school record.
Freshman Josie Ostermann had her personal best in the 60m hurdle final to finish 7th in 9.81. The field events were bolstered by a 4th place finish from Gena Burley (Jr.) in the high jump (5’3.25″, 1.61m) and a 5th place toss in the weight throw from Breann Jackson (Jr). Her mark of 17.55m (57’07”) was a personal best by over a foot and moved her up to 17th in the country. Jackson followed that up with another indoor personal best in the shot put to place 10th with a put of 12.67m, 41’07”.
On the men’s side, sprinter Andrew Johnson (Sr.) turned in another solid outing for the Wolves with runner-up finishes in both the 60m and 200m dashes. Johnson was the top collegiate in both events where he now sits 5th and 4th in the conference, respectively. The middle distance runners provided several top 5 finishes led by a runner up finish from Hunter Kopff (Sr.) in the 3,000m run. Kopff’s time of 8:49.46 was a 14 second personal best and moves him up to 8th in the NSIC in that event. Brandon Krein (Sr.) and Adam Leach (Fr.) added 3rd place finishes in the 800m (1:57.75) and Mile (4:25.57) runs.
On Friday, Mark Gilkerson (Sr.) and Nick Lindwurm (Jr.) finished 4th and 5th, respectively, in the 600m dash with times of 1:24.59 and 1:24.65. The field events were led by two freshmen in Jacob Wiedrich, who finished 8th overall in the pole vault with a season’s best of 13’07.50″, and Austin Dancer who recorded 4th and 9th place finishes in the triple (44’05.25″) and long (20’03”) jumps.
The Wolves return to action Friday and Saturday, February 13-14, in Brookings, SD for the Jackrabbit Open, followed by their final tune-up at home on February 20th prior to the NSIC Championships.
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