GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Having faced roadblocks such as injury and eligibility during the indoor sesason, the University of North Dakota track and field team is looking forward to its outdoor season. However, one last competition offers the Fighting Hawks the opportunity to hit their stride. This weekend, they head to Pocatello, Idaho, for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship.
Sophomore Kyley Foster is tied with Anadae Clark, a senior from Eastern Washington, for first place in the conference in the pole vault. They hold the spot with a mark of 12 feet,11.50 inches (3.95). Foster finished third at the indoor conference meet last year with a clear of 12-06.25 (3.82), while Clark tied for fifth with a clear of 12-02.50 (3.72).
Another jumper hoping to make the podium is last year’s high jump champion, Nolan Hovland. Hovland won the high jump with his clear of 6-11.75 (2.13). This year, he holds the fourth spot in the Big Sky Conference with a mark of 6-08.75 (2.05). Hovland has been competing off and on this indoor season due to injuries.
Throwers Katelyn Weber and Molly Griep both hope to earn some points for their team in the shot put and the weight throw. Weber is ranked second in the Big Sky Conference with a mark of 47-05.75 (14.47). She was just short of scoring for her team at last year’s indoor championship with a throw of 44-11.50 (13.70) to earn her the ninth spot. Griep is currently ranked fourth in the weight throw in the Big Sky with her mark of 60-09.05 (18.53). Griep finished sixth in the event last year.
On the men’s side, throwers Cody Mach and Adam Mehr are ranked third and fourth in the conference, respectively. Mach holds the third spot with his throw of 61-03.00 (18.67). He finished eighth at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship last year with a throw of 56-11.50 (17.36). Mehr holds the fourth spot with his mark of 60-02.00 (18.34).
On the track, Heather Harrower is ranked in the Big Sky Conference. Her 400-meter run time of 55.82 seconds puts her second in the conference. At last year’s championship, Harrower took an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run and helped her 4x400 team to a second-place finish.
The Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship begins Thursday at 11 a.m. with the men’s heptathlon, followed by the women’s penthalon at 11:15 a.m. With no athletes competing in the multi-events, competition begins for the Fighting Hawks on Friday with the women’s weight throw at 1:30 p.m.
Competition goes through Saturday, Feb. 25.
To follow the action, visit https://eversport.tv/big-sky/track-field#list.