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Michael Quesenberry threw the third-best shot put in UND history on Thursday night.
Detloff, Quesenberry show no rust from long layoff
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 04/12/2018
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Update: Friday's events have been cancelled due to inclement weather in the area.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on the University of North Dakota’s outdoor track and field schedule in recent days, with unseasonably cold and wintry weather forcing the cancellation of three scheduled meets over the past week and causing more shuffling as recently as yesterday.

Once the Fighting Hawks were finally able to lock in a competition on Thursday at the Sioux City Relays, UND’s throwers unleashed a little havoc of their own.

Redshirt junior Michael Quesenberry logged the third-best shot put in school history and senior Molli Detloff won one event and was the runner-up in the other, that dynamic duo leading a dominant throws performance for UND.

The Sioux City Relays, a two-day meet that was moved up a day due to  poor weather, was added to UND’s schedule only yesterday when – what else? – poor weather wiped the Jim Duncan Invitational off of the schedule.

No matter for the Fighting Hawks, who were just eager to compete for the first time in April.

Quesenberry hit a shot put of 56 feet, 10 ¾ inches (17.34) meters that vaulted him from fifth to third in UND’s all-time record books, further cementing his current No. 3 ranking in the Big Sky Conference. He was followed by teammate Chris Evenson, who moved into the Big Sky’s top 10 with a PR of his own at 53-01.00 (16.18).

On the women’s side, Detloff continued her standout senior campaign, winning the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 205-10 (62.73), the second-best in the conference this season. She was one of four Fighting Hawks to score in the event, joining Jessica Drady (4th), Makala Keefe (5th) and Lexi Stein-McAndrew (8th).

Detloff also took second place in the discus for good measure, posting a mark of 156-02 (47.60). Freshman Destinee Haas was also a story for UND in that event, establishing a new PR of nearly three feet with her mark of 153-01 (46.67). That effort landed Haas in third place in the event. Keefe placed eighth at 135-07 (41.33).

On the track, UND’s Matt Bakken and Taron Townsend placed fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 5,000 meters while Lydia Kantonen took third in the women’s race.

In other action, sophomore Aleksandra Anderson qualified for Friday’s finals in the 100-meter hurdles, while freshmen Oluwaseyi Aguda and Shandon Toenies did the same in the 100-meter dash.

Friday’s action gets underway with the field events beginning at 10 a.m. and the track events at 11 a.m. Live results can be found HERE.

Click HERE for a complete schedule of events.



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