POCATELLO, Idaho –North Dakota sophomore D'Monte Farley earned the first all-conference honor of his young career today at the 2014 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, the final day of competition.
Farley took third place in the triple jump after entering the weekend ranked sixth in the conference. The Cottage Grove, Minn., native recorded a mark of 47 feet, 6 ½ inches that was the second-best in school history. Only Mike Backes, who leapt 50-3 ¾ in 2002, owns a higher mark at UND.
"D’Monte had a great series, especially in the finals," said UND head coach Kevin Galbraith.
UND also received a scoring performance from senior Shawn Johnson, who just missed out on all-conference honors himself with a fourth-place effort in the shot put. The Eveleth, Minn., product recorded a throw of 54-11 ½.
Northern Arizona won the championship with 116 points, followed by runner-up Weber State (93) and third-place Montana (91). UND was 11th with 19.
Austin Emery of Montana won both the Most Valuable Athlete and Outstanding Performer. Emry scored 29 points for his team. And his heptathlon score was best for the Outstanding Performer.
"Without a doubt this was our best Big Sky meet ever," said Galbraith. "That doesn’t yet show up in the team scores. For us, stll beeing the new kids in the conference, it's about recruiting quality athletes and then filling in after that with volume or numbers. Our best athletes stepped up and had great performances (this weekend).
"As we fill the gaps after our top performers, our team position is only going to get better and better," said Galbraith.
UND’s track and field teams are now idle for two weeks until opening the outdoor season March 14-15 at the UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invitational.