SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There were no surprises for the University of North Dakota during its first day of competition at the 2017 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship and that, according to head coach Kevin Galbraith, was a good thing.
Three throwers combined to score 18 points in the women's shot put, two men's throwers hit PRs in the hammer, and several runners qualified for Saturday's finals on the track.
The performances left Galbraith feeling good about his Fighting Hawks as Friday's events wound down.
“We've had a good day,” said Galbraith. “The throwers led the way for us and we got most of our people on the track who we expected to qualify to do just that. All in all, a pretty good day.”
Reigning Big Sky Field Athlete of the Week Katelyn Weber was the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, ¼ inch (14.94 meters), earning her second outdoor all-conference honor in as many years. She was joined on the podium by teammate Molly Griep, who was third with a mark of 47-4.25 (14.43).
A third Fighting Hawk, Molli Detloff, placed fifth with a throw 46-06.00 (14.17) to give the trio just shy of 20 points between them.
“Pretty cool,” Galbraith said of the trio. “That's the group that really led the charge for the team. Teaming up for 18 points, that's pretty darn good. It was just a great way to get the day going.”
Mehr earned all-conference honors with a throw of 191-10 (58.47) that placed him third. Mach was fifth at 187-10 (57.27).
“Adam Mehr was somebody who came in as a walk-on on and is now an all-conference performer. As a coach, you just live for that.”
Senior Ian Collins also picked up points for UND, placing seventh in the discus with a mark of 162 feet, 1 inch (49.40) on his final throw.
“We had a nice start,” said Galbraith of Friday's performances. “Our team continues to get a little better every year. We're doing well.”
Saturday's competition begins at 10 a.m. Pacific/12 p.m. Central at Hornet Stadium. Click HERE for complete meet information.