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Waldera broke UND's 7-year old weight throw record.
Roman mythology: Waldera makes school history
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 02/15/2013
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VERMILLION, S.D. -- North Dakota junior Roman Waldera broke the school record in the weight throw today at the USD Open, UND's final tune-up prior to next week's Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship.

Waldera recorded a throw of 57 feet, 9 inches (17.60), toppling the previous UND record of 54-8.75 set by Josh Haugan in 2006. The Minot, N.D., native placed second in the event.

Teammate Shawn Johnson (Jr., Eveleth, Minn.) achieved a personal-record and placed fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 55 feet, 3 inches (16.84 inches). Johnson was also the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 55 feet, 3 ½ inches (16.85), just shy of another personal record.

Freshman Romon Bridges (Stockton, Calif.) was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 51.37 seconds, while Dwight Mandimika (Jr., Harare, Zimbabwe) was third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 58.99 seconds.

Other notable performances for UND included freshmen Jimmy Evers (Grand Forks) and John LeClerc (Grafton, N.D.) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles. Evers clocked a time of 8.43 seconds, with LeClerc right behind at 8.55 seconds.

UND now sets its sights on its first-ever Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, set for next Friday and Saturday in Bozeman, Mont.
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