The North Dakota State Bison track and field teams headed out to the Bay Area for a pair of meets.
For Matti Mortimore, the West Coast trip was nothing but normal business. The nationally ranked No. 1 thrower in the javelin was out to better hit the mark.
At the Stanford Invitational, he did just that, taking his seventh win all-time for the Bison. The senior threw a distance 254-02, adding another foot to his school record.
Austin Schmidt made it a NDSU 1-2, throwing 225-10 to finish behind Mortimore.
In the throwing events, the Bison were in fine form collecting high finishes.
The showing in the shot put was the best, with two NDSU athletes in the top-10. Alex Renner finished runner up with a throw of 62-01.75. The throw was one foot shorter than winner Peter Simon of Cal. Steffan Stroh’s throw of 57-02.25 put him sixth in a tight midfield.
The hammer throw saw the two Bison throwers continue their form. Renner went for a personal best 204-02 and Stroh 199-9 to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
Kelle’mon Hinton rounded off the strong finishes at Stanford. The sophomore finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 46-10.
On the track, Jacob Richter, Landon Jochim, J.T. Butler and Byrne Curl teamed up for the 4x400m relay. The group was beaten to the line by just hosts Stanford and Iowa State with a time of 3:13.55.
For the women at the Stanford Invitational, it was another success for the throwers.
Javelin was again at center stage over the two days. Day one saw Alyssa Olin finish second in the invitational section of the meet. Her throw of 160-8 improved on her second longest throw in program history.
Less than 24 hours later in the collegiate division, her teammate Kayla Hochhalter matched that mark to win her division.
At the hammer throw, it was domination by the Bison. Sophomore Shelby Gunnells led the charge with a throw of 183-7 to win the event. The throw sits No. 8 all-time for NDSU.
Following her was Bailey Retzlaff, Jordyn Thornton and Maggie Schwarzkopf. The trio all had personal bests to finish second, fourth and fifth respectively.
Retzlaff also added a personal best of 148-3 in the shot put to finish seventh.
Amanda Levin took the long jump title for the Bison. Her 19-00.50 mark was two inches clear of the rest of her division.
On the Stanford track, it was a good weekend for Morgan Milbrath and Rose Jackson. Milbrath took the 400m hurdles title with a time of 1:00.90, just over a second ahead of Jackson in sixth place.
Jackson added a sixth place in the 200m before the two joined forces with Alexis Woods and Amy Andrushko in the 4x400m relay. The quartet finished .01 seconds behind winners Stanford for a second-place finish. The time of 3:37.15 places the group at No. 6 all-time for the Bison.
Taylor Janssen cracked the NDSU all-time list at No. 4 after clocking a time of 10:28.08 in the steeplechase.
Meanwhile, at the San Francisco Distance Carnival, it was an impressive 5000m debut for Elliot Stone. The redshirt freshman finished with a time of 14:38.75 to sit eighth all-time in program history.
Brant Gilbertson and Tim Heikkila made it a successful day in the 1500m, both getting personal bests. Gilbertson led the pair with a time of 3:55.46 and Heikkila just a tenth of a second back.
Kayla Huhnerkoch finished ninth in the women’s 1500m with a time of 4:31.36. The time puts her No. 10 in program history.
Both teams will be back in action next weekend at the Husker Spring Invite at the University of Nebraska.