Track and Field: Eight All-Conference Athletes And One Conference Champion
February 25 The Northern State University track and field team tallied eight all-conference athletes and one conference champion in the second day of competition at the NSIC Indoor Championships. The Wolves women finished seventh overall with 41 points, while the men finished ninth with 39 points. Hanneke Oosterwegel notched a solid day of competition for the Wolves in both the 400 and 200m dashes. In the 200m, Oosterwegel finished fourth overall with a time of 24.97, earning five team points for the Wolves. In the 400m, the sophomore was crowned the NSIC Champion, winning the event in 55.26. She defeated the next closest opponent by 1.2 seconds earning ten team points and moving her to fifth nationally. Lindsey Gast ran to a personal record in the mile run, hitting the line at 5:13.52 in ninth overall.
Continuing the distance events for the Wolves were Sasha Hovind and Dakotah Bullen in second and fourth in the 5000m run. Hovind raced to a time of 17:06.66 earning All-Conference honors while also moving to 11th nationally. Bullen also hit a provisional mark with a time of 17:31.42, in the first indoor provo of her career. The duo earned 13 points for the team in the race. The 4x400m relay team of Madison Barnes, Elizabeth Raecke, Mackenzie Cruzen, and Oosterwegel finished seventh overall with a time of 4:00.70. The mark earned two team points for the Wolves. Seniors Autumn Schulz and Jess Vernon hit a personal record in the shot put, throwing 11.93m and 11.78m respectively. Itoitz Rodriguez notched the first top finish for the NSU men, taking fourth in the 400m dash. The sophomore ran a 49.17, earning five team points. Luke Wietgrefe notched the first all-conference performance of his career taking second in the 600m run. The junior ran to a personal record time of 1:21.94, earning eight team points. Zachary Ulmer notched the second all-conference honor for the men, taking third in the 800m run. Ulmer crossed the finish line at 1:55.24, earning six team points and the first provisional mark of his NSU career. Sophomore Tanner Peltier recorded a huge personal record in the 5000m run, by 30 seconds. He ran the event in 15:45.03. The men’s 4x400m relay team of Rodriguez, Zach Six, Romario Thomas, and Wietgrefe accomplished their all-conference goals finishing second overall. The team earned eight points for the Wolves with a time of 3:21.51. Three Wolves notched personal records in the men’s shot put, led by senior Lucas Osowski, who finished fourth overall throwing 15.04m. He was followed by Bryce LeBlanc in eighth with a 14.51m. Marcus Heggelund was the final PR in the event, throwing 12.63m.
The Wolves will return to action from the NCAA National Championships March 9 through 11 in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Division II Festival. Currently the Wolves have six student-athletes with Championship hopes in Oosterwegel (200m, 400m), Hovind (3000m, 5000m), Bullen (5000m), Rodriguez (400m), Ulmer (800m), and Deshonn Brown (high jump).