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Big freshmen talents lead second day of UND Open
Courtesy: Rachel Whipple, UND Media Relations
Release: 01/27/2018
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With over 20 personal records on the day, it is safe to say that home field advantage helped the University of North Dakota on day two of the UND Indoor Open. 
 
“Today shows what happens when you get to compete at home,” said head coach Kevin Galbraith. “You get to sleep in your own bed, stay in your normal routine, and you don’t have to be on the bus for two hours.” 
 
Several of those PRs came from the freshmen sprinters including Oluwaseyi Aguda, Ethan Buckles, Cody Roder, and Shandon Toenies. 
 
“Our freshmen sprinters had a great day,” said Galbraith. “The MONDO track really makes a difference; it’s the quickest surface.” 
 
Aguda earned personal records in both the 60-meter and the 200-meter. Last week while competing at North Dakota State he finished the 60-meter in seven seconds flat. Today, he was able to finish with a run of 6.93 seconds. The mark tied him for third in UND’s top-10. In the 200-meter, he improved his mark from 21.96 seconds to 21.89 seconds. This improved his second-place standing in the top-10. 
 
Classmate Ethan Buckles also earned personal records in both the 60-meter and 200-meter. His previous best 60-meter time was 7.08 seconds. Today, he improved that mark to 6.98 seconds. He is now eighth in UND’s top-10. Buckles’ previous best 200-meter time was 22.99 seconds and today he bested it with a time of 22.65 seconds. 
 
“Both Oluwaseyi and Ethan have been trying to hit under seven seconds all season,” said Galbraith. “The track really made a difference today.”
 
In the 400-meter, Cody Roder earned another personal best. He improved his time from 49.41 seconds to 48.89 seconds. His run moved him from fifth to third in the top-10. 
 
“Cody is putting himself in a good position for conference,” said Galbraith. “He just continues to improve.”
 
“I’m just going out and doing my thing every week,” said Roder. “In the sprint group there’s a lot of good competition, so that’s pushing me.”
 
Also in the sprints group today, Shandon Toenies earned a personal record in the 200-meter with a run of 22.20 seconds. His previous best mark was 22.35, which he set at the Jim Emmerich Invitational earlier this season. 
 
After redshirting last season, Natasha Brown and Tianna McKinney both hit season-best marks today in their respective events. Brown took first in the 60-meter with a time of 7.63 seconds. McKinney placed third in the 200-meter after clocking 25.31 seconds. 
 
After two strong performances in the first half of the heptathlon yesterday, Josh Pillath and Alex Holmes finished with a school record and a personal record, respectively. 
 
Pillath finished first in the event with a score of 4,778 points. The previous school record was set in 2013 by Jordan Fisk. This was his first time competing in a multi-event.
 
“I came into the multi not really knowing what to expect, but I just took it one event at a time,” said Pillath. “It is really addicting, seven events is the purest form of competition.” 
 
Holmes finished third with a total score of 4,346 points, which bested his previous 4,100 points. 
 
“Both Josh and Alex are blazing their own trail,” said jumps coach Joe Silvers. “They have no upperclassmen showing them the way and they could be conference contenders.” 
 
In the high jump, both Nolan Hovland and Isabel Waite took event titles. Both Hovland
and Waite came close to personal records. 
 
“Both Nolan and Izzy have been consistent,” said Silvers. “Nolan has the potential to win at the conference meet and Izzy has the potential to get on the podium.”
 
“Consistency is ideal in the field events, especially in high jump,” said Galbraith. “Once you plateau, you are right at that next height.” 
 
Back on the track, senior Connor Danielson earned a personal record while competing with a friendly face. UND alumni Nathan Peterson ran alongside Danielson in the 5,000-meter while competing unattached. 
 
“Nate and I were teammates for two years, so it was fun to compete with him,” said Danielson. “It was great to work with him again, I’m glad he’s still in shape,” Danielson said laughing. 
 
Danielson took the cross country season off for an internship and was able to improve his 5k time from 15 minutes, 9.89 seconds to 15:06.12 today. 
 
“It feels great to be back with the team,” said Danielson. “I’ve been training alone for several months, so being in the HPC again is great.” 
 
In the throwers group, Matt Culhane and Destinee Haas both earned personal bests in the weight throw. Culhane improved his mark from 53 feet, 4.50 inches (16.27 meters) to 57-03 (17.45). Haas threw for 52-04.75 (15.97) besting her previous throw of 48-11 (14.91).      
 
“Matt and Destinee both had a good day for us,” said throws coach Drew Jones. “Matt can put himself into a position to score at conference and Destinee is showing us she’s ready to go.”
 
Standout thrower Molli Detloff threw short of her personal record today, but set a facility record. She threw for a mark of 64-07.25 (19.69). Molli will compete once more at South Dakota State in two weeks and then will rest up before the conference meet. 
 
“Molli is just shy of making the national team,” said Jones. “She knows that and she’s putting a lot of pressure on herself to get there.” 
 
“She’s going to see some good competition at SDSU,” said Jones. “That should push her and as long as she relaxes a bit she’ll do great.” 
 
The Fighting Hawks will enjoy a midseason break next week and will see their next competition at the South Dakota State Indoor Classic February 9-10. 

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