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Sophomore Mikayla Johnson logged the fifth-best pole vault in school history on Friday.
Freshmen dominate season opener
Courtesy: Rachel Whipple, UND Media Relations
Release: 12/01/2017
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BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The freshmen class was the one to watch today as the University of North Dakota kicked off its indoor season at the South Dakota State Holiday Open.

Freshman Oluwaseyi Aguda earned two places in UND history during his debut meet. After finishing second in the 200-meter with a time of 21.96 seconds he earned the second fastest time in the UND all-time top-10. He is also tied for ninth in the 60-meter record book after running the race in 7.03 seconds.

Classmate Cody Roder won the 400-meter with a run of 49.41 seconds. He also broke into the history books and is now fifth.

Aguda and Roder, along with teammates Shandon Toenies and Kelly Nordling, placed second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:19.42.

“The relay was really exciting to watch,” said head coach Kevin Galbraith. “To see a team with three freshmen run that well was encouraging to see.”

Tyler Kolander earned a personal-record weight throw with a toss of 59 feet, 9 inches (18.21 meters). The mark bumped him up two places in the UND record book and he now sits at fourth.

“Our training is not set up for Tyler to compete this well this early,” said throws coach Drew Jones. “For him to come out that strong in the first meet is awesome.”

Sophomore David Hettich earned a personal record in the mile with a time of 4:38.86. His previous best time was 4:40.41, which he set last year at the SDSU Indoor Classic.

On the women’s side, freshman Lucy Steinmeyer took a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter. Her time of 57.26 seconds earned her the fourth spot in UND history.

In the pole vault, sophomore Mikayla Johnson and junior Jadyn Nelson both improved their standings in the record books. Johnson moved to fifth with her clear of 11-09.75 (3.60), while Nelson tied for eighth with a clear of 11-03.75 (3.45).

In the weight throw, Molli Detloff and Jessica Drady finished second and seventh, respectively. Drady’s throw of 55-07 (16.94) earned her the eighth spot n UND history. 

“Detloff and Drady both had great performances,” said Jones. “For both of them coming out and throwing close to or better than their PRs is exciting.”

St. Clair, Minn., native Katelyn Weber finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 46-09 (14.25).

Natasha Brown was the runner-up in the 60-meter with her time of 7.67 seconds.

“Overall the team did really well,” said Galbraith. “Seeing the freshmen step up at their first collegiate meet is really great for the team.”

The Fighting Hawks are set to compete Saturday, Jan. 13 at the North Dakota State Bison Classic.

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