SACRAMENTO – After a one-week break in its schedule, the University of North Dakota track & field team returned to action on Saturday at Sacramento State’s Mondo Team Challenge at Hornet Stadium.
North Dakota head coach Kevin Galbraith took a small lineup to Sacramento, putting an emphasis on fine-tuning individual performances, and was rewarded with just that. Freshman Madison Overby won the 1,500-meter run and a trio of Fighting Hawks placed 2-3-4 in the men’s hammer, highlighting the day of competition for UND.
“It went really well,” said Galbraith. “We had the smallest team in the meet – almost right at the minimum – but we had a lot of good marks.”
One of those belonged to the freshman Overby, who took first place in the 1,500 with a personal-record time of 4 minutes, 39.28 seconds. Her teammate and classmate, Hannah Oscarson, also nabbed a PR with a time of 4:44.98. She finished fifth.
“Madison had a great race. That was a PR by only a couple of tenths of a second, but she ran a pretty impressive race,” said Galbraith. “Madison and Hannah both ran well, both personal records. For freshmen to come in and score in a meet like that, that’s fantastic.”
On the men’s side, senior Cody Mach and sophomores Adam Mehr and Tyler Kolander stood out, placing second, third and fourth, respectively, in the hammer. All three were personal records, leaving UND throws coach Drew Jones encouraged following the meet.
“They all kind of fed off of each other,” said Jones. “I’m pretty excited for a guy like Cody Mach, who has worked hard for five years and things are paying off for him. They all threw well and it’s still a long season, but confidence is definitely a big factor with throwers, so that’s a good sign.”
Jones also singled out the performance of senior Ian Collins, who rebounded from a shaky start to place third in the discus with a season-best mark of 165 feet, 3 inches (50.38 meters).
“He had some early season struggles, so to get into a meet like this where the competition is really high and do what he did, I’m pretty excited about that.”
Collins and Quesenberry also tied for second in the shot put.
On the track for the men, senior Jared Michel ran a season-best time of 54.21 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, while classmate James McFarlin clocked his season best in the 400-meter dash at 49.18 seconds.
Staying on the track, senior Megan Kienholz established a new PR in the 800-meters, placing third with a time of 2:13.99. Teammate Meghan Janssen crossed the line in 2:16.99 in the same event, besting her previous best by three seconds.
“Both had great races,” said Galbraith. “Janssen won her section and Kienholz ran a really impressive race.”
UND, as it typically does, also showed well in the throws.
Junior Molli Detloff continued her standout season by winning the hammer, while teammates Molly Griep (third place) and Jessica Drady (sixth) each hit season-best marks. Griep also registered a season-best in the discus.
Sophomore Isabel Waite hit a PR in the javelin and was the runner-up in the high jump.
Full results coming soon!
UND is back in action next Saturday at the University of Mary’s Marauder Open in Bismarck, N.D.