BROOKINGS, S.D. -- In a meet featuring more than 1,700 athletes, North Dakota head coach Kevin Galbraith saw plenty of his own stand out this weekend at the South Dakota State Indoor Classic.
Junior pole vaulter Kyley Foster broke her own school record, a pair of throwers captured event titles, and several other Fighting Hawks garnered top-10 finishes at the two-day competition.
Foster’s record-breaking performance – and event title -- was the obvious highlight. The Detroit Lakes, Minn., native broke her own record in the pole vault, this time clearing 13 feet, 1.75 inches (4.01) to take down the standard she set two weeks ago at the UND Indoor Open. She then took a stab at clearing 13-5.00 on Saturday and nearly cleared the bar until her shoulder grazed it just enough to knock it down.
Still, she strengthened her grip on her No. 2 ranking in the Big Sky Conference and was one of several Fighting Hawks who sent Galbraith back to Grand Forks in a good mood.
“This is such a huge meet. With about 1,700 people here and a long day of competition, it can be a little hard to stay focused,” said Galbraith, “But we still accomplished some good things.”
In the women’s throws, Katelyn Weber and Molli Detloff each came away with event titles. Weber captured the shot put with a winning mark of 47-0.75 (14.52), while Detloff was victorious in the weight throw with a distance of 64-10.75 (19.78). Keely Walker was fourth in the shot put with a PR of 45-04.25 (13.82).
On the track, Tianna McKinney came away with a pair of top-10 showings, placing eighth in the 200 meter (25.25 seconds) and ninth in the 400 meter (57.28). In the 800, sophomore Erica Eades finished eighth with a time of 2 minutes, 14.26 seconds, establishing a new personal record. Another sophomore, Madison Overby, produced a PR in the mile run with a time of 5:03.44.
On the men’s side, Galbraith was particularly pleased with the effort of freshman Ethan Buckles in the 60 meter dash. Buckles placed eighth in the finals with a time of 7.03 seconds and produced consistent times throughout the prelims and semifinals.
“That [finish] was phenomenal,” said Galbraith. “He didn't run a PR but came real close throughout the weekend each time he ran. That was fantastic.”
Another freshman, Cody Roder, was eighth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.58 seconds, a personal record that ranked as the third-fastest in school history. It also ranked him fifth in the Big Sky to date.
Junior Nolan Hovland took third in the high jump, clearing a PR-tying 6-08.75 (2.05), and sophomore Alex Torp was fourth in the pole vault, with a mark of 15-05.00 (4.70). That PR for Torp tied him for fifth in the Big Sky.
UND returns home next weekend to host the UND Indoor Tune-Up, the final meet for the Fighting Hawks prior to the Big Sky Conference Championship.
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- North Dakota sophomore Andy Samuel won the weight throw on Friday, giving the Fighting Hawks an event title on the first day of the SDSU Indoor Classic.
Samuel captured the event with a throw of 51 feet, 2.75 inches (15.61 meters). He was joined in the top three by teammate Evan Erickson, who placed third with a mark of 50-08.75 (15.46).
UND also got a top-three weight throw on the women's side from freshman Amber Hansen, who was the runner-up with a throw of 48-01.75 (14.67).
Those three showings in the weight throw were the signature performances on the opening day of competition for the Fighting Hawks, fresh off of a week off in their schedule.
Also of note, sophomore Alex Torp hit a personal record in the pole vault and placed fourth with a leap of 15-05.00 (4.70).
In the women's high jump, junior Isabel Waite placed sixth with a mark of 5-02.50 (1.59).
Competition at the SDSU Indoor Classic continues on Saturday with the track events starting at 9 a.m. and the field events beginning at 11 a.m.
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