SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Saturday’s Mondo Team Challenge at Sacramento State was just the second outdoor meet of the season for the University of North Dakota, but UND senior thrower Molli Detloff is clearly already rounding into mid-season form.
Detloff, an All-American a year ago, won both the hammer and discus throws on Saturday to lead her Fighting Hawks at Hornet Stadium. The Elk River, Minn., native won the hammer with a mark of 205 feet, 9 inches (62.71 meters) and the discus with a toss of 160-09 (49.01), a strong showing early in the outdoor season.
“Molli winning two events…those are both really great starting marks,” said UND Head Coach Kevin Galbraith. “They weren’t her best marks, but her [top] marks are so good now that it’s hard to top those. She was a standout for us today.”
While Detloff was doing her thing on the women’s side, freshman Nick Krella turned in an event title for the men’s squad. The Batavia, Ill., native won the pole vault after clearing 15-03.00 (4.65), a mark that ranks No. 2 in the Big Sky Conference in the still-young outdoor schedule.
UND’s women’s and men’s teams finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the scored meet, albeit with the smallest team entries in the field. Still, Galbraith was plenty happy with the performances turned in by his Fighting Hawks.
“We had some good performances,” said Galbraith. “We’re starting the season well and that’s kind of how it went again today. It’s just nice to be able to get outside and compete.”
Another men’s freshman, sprinter Cody Roder, recorded the seventh-fastest 400-meters in school history with a time of 48.58 seconds. That was good for No. 4 in the Big Sky to date.
“He equaled his indoor best, running his exact seed mark again, to open up outdoors. That’s a good starting place for him,” said Galbraith.
Freshman Erica Benson also forced her way into UND’s all-time top 10 with her performance in the high jump. Her mark of 5-06.00 (1.68) was the sixth-best in school history and was good for a third-place finish today.
Benson’s showing was all the more impressive considering she was alternating between two events at the same time, running the 100-meter hurdles in between her jumps.
“That was a really good performance,” said Galbraith with a chuckle. “Seems like it worked out okay!”
Noland Hovland was the runner-up in the men’s high jump, clearing 6-06.00 (1.98).
In the throws, Katelyn Webber turned in the No. 2 shot put performance in the Big Sky with a mark of 47-09.75 (14.57), securing a third-place finish.
In the discus, Detloff’s event title was supported by fourth- and fifth-place finishes from teammates Destinee Haas and Makala Keefe. That trio came away with the top three marks in the Big Sky early in the season.
On the men’s side, Michael Quesenberry established a new personal record in the shot put with a mark of 55-10.50 (17.03). That throw was the fifth-best in UND history.
“He was throwing 17 meters inside, he just hadn’t done it outdoors yet,” said Galbraith. “So that was a good day for him.”
Kyley Foster, who earned her third straight all-conference honor during the indoor season, was the runner-up in the pole vault after clearing 12-07.50 (3.85).
The Fighting Hawks are idle next week and will return to action April 13-14 at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa.