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John LeClerc established a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles.
Men's track runs final prep prior to Big Sky meet
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Updated: Friday 02/22/2014 17:20:58 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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VERMILLION, S.D. – In the final meet before next week’s Big Sky Conference Championship, North Dakota received multiple personal records at today’s University of South Dakota Twilight Meet.

With the conference meet a week away, UND only participated approximately half of its team in today's meet, according to head coach Kevin Galbraith.

"This being our last meet before the conference, it really comes down making individual choices to maximize our performances at the conference meet," said Galbraith.

"People who already had a qualifying mark and maybe were already on a roll, or whose event isn’t technically based, we’d leave them home and rest them up so they’re ready to go. They don’t need more racing right now," continued Galbraith.

But Galbraith was certainly pleased with those who did perform.

Three of the PRs came in the weight throw, courtesy of senior Roman Waldera, sophomore Cody Mach and freshman Ian Collins.

Waldera hit a mark of 57 feet, 9 ¾ inches that was good enough for a third-place finish. Mach recorded a throw of 52-06.75 and Collins hit 51-04.50. They placed seventh and ninth, respectively.

On the track, sophomore Javen Butler enjoyed strong performances in a pair of events, taking sixth in the 60-meters with a PR of 7.08 seconds and seventh in the 200-meters with a time of 23.17.

Fellow sophomore John LeClerc recorded a PR in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 8.40, while classmate Jimmy Evers was right behind in fifth place with a time of 8.58.

In the 800-meters, senior Dwight Mandimika was the runner-up after crossing the line in 1 minute, 58.35 seconds. He had plenty of company, as teammates Ryan Kirkland, Darin Baltezore and Isaiah Frohling placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

North Dakota now turns its focus to the 2014 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, set for Feb. 27 to March 1 in Pocatello, Idaho.
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