POCATELLO, Idaho - - On the third and final day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, one athlete made history for the University of North Dakota after throwing 50 feet in the shot put, becoming the first woman to do so.
Katelyn Weber broke the school record after winning the event with her throw of 50 feet, 2.75 inches (15.31). The top spot was previously held by Alyssa Lueck, who threw for 49-03.75 (15.03) last year.
“It’s really nice to feel the hard work pay off,” said Weber. “After suffering through an injury last year, it’s nice to get back at it.”
“Katelyn was the first woman in UND history to hit over 50 feet,” said head coach Kevin Galbraith. “That is obviously a huge milestone for her and for the team.”
In the men’s weight throw, Cody Mach and Adam Mehr finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Mehr’s throw of 60-04.00 (18.39) was a personal record. Also earning a personal record was Matt Culhane. His throw of 53-02.25 (16.21) earned him the ninth spot in UND history.
Freshman Isabel Waite finished sixth in the high jump. Her personal record jump of 5-05.75 (1.67) earned her the seventh spot in UND history.
In the pole vault, Zac Ray tied for fifth place with Keegan Winkle of Portland State after clearing 15-00 (4.57). Ray was previously ranked sixth heading into the meet.
Jace Kruger earned a personal record with his pole vault clear of 14-06.00 (4.42).
Sprinter Heather Harrower earned points for her team after finishing sixth in the 400-meter run.
The men’s 4x400 team consisting of Blake Hollingsworth, James Hollister, Jared Michel, and Tyler Olson finished eighth with its time of 3 minutes, 20.77 seconds. The mark earned them the fourth spot in the history books.
“We had a lot of strong individual performances this season,” said Galbraith. “Traditionally we are a stronger team in the outdoor season and we are looking forward to having almost all of our athletes back.”
The Fighting Hawks begin their outdoor season Friday, March 10 at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.