The Northern State University men’s and women’s track and field teams posted strong finishes from the Cobber Duals on January 28. The men finished second overall with an 8-1 record, while the women finished third overall with a 7-2 record.
Hanneke Oosterwegel and Toni-Ann Ingram led the team in the 60m dash finishing first and second with times of 7.79 and 7.92. In her first outing of the 60m dash this season, Oosterwegel broke the school record by .01 which was set by Makenzie Hageman in 2015. The sophomore also notched the top spot in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 8.87. Tayla Peterson notched a top-20 finish in the 200m dash, taking third with a time of 27.28.
The 400m dash saw two top-10 finishes for the Wolves with Madison Barnes in second and Elizabeth Raecke in tenth hitting the line at 1:01.99 and 1:03.87.
The NSU women were solid in the 600m run, finishing second, fourth, and seventh overall. Andrea Korvela finishing in 1:45.09 followed by Mackenzie Cruzen and Courtney Espeland in 1:46.34 and 1:52.53. Freshman Sami Shields won the 800m run, with a time of 2:26.93, followed by Reganne Engebretson in sixth with a time of 2:39.95.
The 4×200 relay team of Ingram, Barnes, Peterson, and Molly Wynn took top honors with a time of 1:47.70. The 4×400 relay teams also performed well taking first and third with times of 4:05.48 and 4:16.47. Finally the distance medley relay finished second with a time of 13:36.81.
In the field events Sonia Alaman kicked things off with a fourth place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.52m. The freshman also finished fourth in the triple jump, jumping 10.03m. Autumn Schulz led the throwers finishing tenth in the shot put, with an 11.42m toss. The senior also notched a sixth place finish in the weight throw with a 14.44m mark, followed by Jess Vernon in tenth throwing 13.03m.
Brenton Hanisch opened the competition for the men finishing ninth in the 60m dash with a time of 7.36. The NSU men blew past the competition in the 400m dash, with Itoitz Rodriguez leading the way. Rodriguez won the race with a time of 49.61. He was followed by Romario Thomas, Zach Six, and Isaiha Fletcher in fourth, fifth, and sixth. Luke Wietgrefe and Monte Meyerink finished second and seventh in the 600m run, with times of 1:23.76 and 1:29.87.
Three freshmen led the way for the Wolves in the 60m hurdles in Bryce Malsam, Jacob Lackas, and Deveyonn Brown. Malsam finished third with a time of 8.86, while Lackas and Brown came in eighth and tenth with times of 9.00 and 9.04.
The relays also ran well on the men’s side with the 4x200m teams taking second and fourth with times of 1:34.55 and 1:35.91. The 4x400m teams took the top-2 spots with times of 3:30.00 and 3:35.52.
Brown took his competition to the field events, winning the high jump as the only competitor over 1.98m. Trey Tiefenthaler and Alazae LeFaive came in third and fourth in the event as well. Tiefenthaler led the team in the triple jump, taking third with a 12.65m mark. Kelson Brewer took on his first pole vault competition of the season, taking third overall with a 4.16m jump. Taylor Rolf also notched a top-10 finish at 4.01m.
Lucas Osowski led the throwers, winning the shot put with a 14.54m throw. Bryce LeBlanc also made his way into the top-5, throwing 14.10m in fourth place. Osowski and LeBlanc went on to place second and ninth in the weight throw with 15.22m and 13.38m tosses respectively.
The Northern State University track and field team will head to the NDSU Bison Open February 3 and 4 from the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility.
Action begins with the pentathlon 60m hurdles and the men’s weight throw at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Friday’s running events start at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the meet resumes with the heptathlon 60m hurdles at 10:30 a.m. and the unseeded running events at 10:50 a.m. Saturday’s main field events start at 1 p.m., with seeded running events getting underway at 2 p.m.
The Wolves are just one week out from the NSIC Multi-Events and three weeks out from the NSIC Indoor Championships. Numerous student-athletes will be looking to break into the top-30 in the league in their events (top-24 in the 200m and 400m) in order to qualify for the Championships.
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