GRAND FORKS, N.D. - - With its first indoor home meet since 1985, and its last competition before the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, the University of North Dakota track and field team was feeling all sorts of emotions today as it hosted the UND Indoor Tune-Up.
“Being able to host this historic meet was really amazing,” said head coach Kevin Galbraith. “All the compliments we received about the meet and the building makes us excited for the possibilities we have in the future.”
The men’s weight throw was led by sophomore Adam Mehr. With his throw of 60 feet, 2 inches (18.34), Mehr earned a new personal record. The mark also moved him to the third spot in UND history and the fourth spot in the Big Sky Conference.
Matt Culhane also hit a personal record in the weight throw with a mark of 51-10.00 (15.80). The throw also earned him the 10th spot in UND history.
Freshman Andy Samuel also earned a weight throw personal record with his toss of 50-07.25 (15.42).
In the pole vault, Jace Kruger was the runner-up with a clear of 14-03.50 (4.36). The mark was a personal record for him.
In the 60-meter hurdles, both Erin Brown and Aleksandra Anderson finished in record time. Brown tied her personal record run of 9.01 seconds, which she earned last weekend at the South Dakota State Indoor Classic in the preliminaries. She holds the second spot in UND history. Anderson earned a personal record with a run of 9.41 seconds, earning her the eighth spot in UND history.
Mikayla Johnson earned the sixth spot in UND history with her personal-record clear of 11-07.75 (3.55) in the pole vault.
Another freshman earning a new personal record was Isabel Waite in the high jump with a clear of 5-05 (1.65).
“Watching the redshirts compete today really shows us the potential we have in the outdoor season,” said Galbraith.
“The day was really successful and not just in the results,” said Galbraith. “The meet ran smoothly and it gave us some momentum heading into conference next week.”
The Fighting Hawks will head to the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship next. Competition starts on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Idaho State University.