North Dakota State claims sixth consecutive Summit League title
MUNCIE, Ind. -- North Dakota State demonstrated its Summit League dominance once again on Saturday, capturing its sixth consecutive league outdoor championship, its 12th consecutive track & field team title and its second sweep of the league’s cross country, indoor and outdoor championships for the conference triple crown.
NDSU used seven event titles on Saturday to cruise to 241.5 team points, topping second-place South Dakota by 87 points. USD finished second with 154.5 and Omaha was third with 147.
During the three-day meet, the Bison women won nine of a possible 21 events and had 21 top-three finishes.
Bison athletes claimed three more school records on Saturday, with Antoinette Goodman winning the 100-meter dash in 11.68 seconds, Emily Lesser placing second in the discus with a throw of 159-6 and the 4x100m relay team of Deborah John, Brittany Page, Ashley Tingelstad and Goodman winning in 45.46 seconds.
Goodman took the 200m dash crown as well, crossing the line in a Summit League Championships record of 23.85 seconds. In all, Goodman walked away with three event titles, two school records, two meet records and a third-place finish in the long jump – enough to earn the league’s Most Valuable Performer award.
Melissa Kitching, Tingelstad, Paige Stratioti and Page ran away with the 4x400m relay, winning by nearly six seconds in 3:42.46. It was NDSU’s sixth consecutive championship in the outdoor 4x400m relay.
Tingelstad took the conference title in the 400m dash in a time of 54.76 before placing third in the 200m dash in 24.37. Stratioti won the 800m and took runner-up honors in the 400m. Page was third in the 400m and fifth in the 200m to go along with her two relay titles.
NDSU duplicated its feat from the 2013 Summit League Indoor Championships with Tingelstad, Stratioti and Page sweeping the top-three places in the 400m dash for the Bison.
John won her first Summit League championship in the 100m hurdles easily, finishing in 13.75 seconds. Twila Moser and Emily Stalpes were fifth and sixth in the race.
Kitching placed third in the 400m hurdles in a season-best 1:00.88, and sophomore Ashley Heinze was fourth in a personal-best 1:01.24. They rank fourth and sixth all-time at NDSU in the event.
Freshman Erin Teschuk was the league runner-up in the 1,500m and took sixth in the 800m. Maddie McClellan earned all-league honors by taking third in the 1,500m a day after finishing second in the 3,000m steeplechase. Redshirt freshman Brecca Wahlund followed up her title at 10,000 meters with a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters.
With 21 events contested at the Summit League Championships, the NDSU women succeeded in placing at least one athlete in the top eight in every event. The Bison earned top-five finishes in 19 of the 21 events.