SignUp
John LeClerc established a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles.
Men's track runs final prep prior to Big Sky meet
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Sunday 02/22/2014 17:20:58 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop Files available

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.
Final non-conference tourney at MSU this weekend
North Dakota will play its final non-conference matches of the regular season, heading to Mississippi State University for the Bulldog Invitational, Sept. 18-20. UND will square off with four... MORE
Game Notes: UND looks to bounce back vs. Stony Brook
After opening the season with three consecutive first-time opponents, North Dakota will face a Stony Brook team on Saturday that it has played before on the gridiron, albeit it just once. MORE
Lervick breaks par in final round of UNO Invitational
UND senior Collin Lervick shook off an 81-80 start to the UNO Invitational by firing a 70 (-2) in the final round of the 54-hole event at the ArborLinks Golf Club. MORE
Hockey Fan Fest set for Sunday, Sept. 21 at REA
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota Department of Athletics is proud to announce that the sixth annual North Dakota Hockey Fan Fest, presented by Midco Sports Network, will take... MORE
Dehne leads UND in season opener
Newcomer Jacob Dehne paced the North Dakota men's golf squad in the opening two rounds of the UNO Invitational on Monday. MORE