SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Day two of the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary is in the books and three North Dakota freshmen throwers are coming home with their first taste of NCAA regional experience.
True freshman Destinee Haas entered the week ranked 42nd in the region in the discus and improved that standing by four spots with her performance this afternoon, placing 38th with a throw of 156 feet, 9 inches (47.79 meters).
Two of Haas’ teammates, redshirt freshman Matt Culhane and true freshman Chris Evenson, competed in the men’s discus and just two inches separated the two Fighting Hawks in their first NCAA regional. Culhane placed 41st with a mark of 161-10 (49.33m) and Evenson was right behind in 42nd at 161-8 (49.28m).
"It was a great experience for Matt, Chris and Destinee to be here and see what this meet is all about," said UND Assistant Coach Drew Jones, who coaches the program's throwers. "I fully expect them to be back and hopefully challenge to get through to the NCAA Championships. I'm very proud of them all and excited for the future."
Junior Molli Detloff, making her third straight appearance in the NCAA West Preliminary, joined Haas in the women’s discus. The reigning two-time Big Sky Conference Outdoor MVP finished in 31st place with a mark of 162-11 (49.66m).
In the women’s pole vault, junior Kyley Foster came up just short in her bid to advance to her first national championship. This year’s Big Sky Conference champion, Foster cracked the region’s top 20 with a leap of 12-10.75 (3.93m).
"Kyley competed well today," said UND Assistant Coach Joe Silvers, who coaches the jumpers. "She started the meet strong and did the things she needed to stay in contention and give herself the best opportunity to advance. Unfortunately, at 13-04, things just didn't go her way. I am proud of what Kyley did today and the things she has accomplished this season."
The 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary concludes on Saturday at Hornet Stadium. Detloff, a second-team All-American in the hammer throw a year ago, competes in that event along with teammate Jessica Drady at 2 p.m. Central.
UND’s nine qualifiers for this year’s regional meet are the most in school history.