Men’s track and field
The weekend was a California tour for the Bison track team. North Dakota State athletes spread across four meets over four days.
First up was the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate meet Thursday, and Bison throwers showed well.
Payton Otterdahl reset his own discus throw school record, moving the mark to 195-0 (59.45 m).
Steffan Stroh’s toss of 215-0 (65.54 m) in the hammer throw won him the event.
Kelle’Mon Hinton became the first Bison since 2004 to go over 49 feet in the triple jump. His jump of 49-01.75 puts him No. 7 in outdoor Bison history.
On Friday, Stroh continued his fine form. The senior broke the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 218-3 (66.53 m) at the Beach Invitational. The throw puts him in the top 20 in the NCAA this year.
Javelin thrower Austin Schmidt tied his personal best with a throw of 226-7 (69.07 m), ranking in the top 25 in the NCAA this year.
Hinton extended his personal best in the long jump with a leap of 22-09.00.
At the Mt. SAC Relays, Jake Leingang broke the school record in the 5,000m. Leingang’s time of 14:03.13 broke the 27-year-old record by nine seconds.
Brant Glibertson ran a personal best 8:56.00 in the 3,000m steeplechase to move to No. 3 in NDSU history.
The team closed the weekend out back at the Beach Invitational. The Bison 4x100m relay of J.T. Butler, Tatenda Dzvokora, Alex Brosseau and Ben Klimpke ran the fastest relay since 2012 at 41.19.
Connor Wendel ran his fastest 400m hurdles at 54.03, the fastest time in the Summit League this year.
Women’s track and field
The Bison women had a productive trip to California.
At the Pacific Coast Invitational Thursday, Maddy Nilles moved up to No. 9 in the nation in the hammer throw with a toss of 212-6 (64.79 m).
Amanda Anderson’s throw of 170-7 (51.99 m) in the discus makes her the third Bison women to throw over the 170-foot mark.
On the track, Alexis Woods won the 400m with a time of 55.07.
Piper Jensen moved to No. 5 in NDSU history with a triple jump of 40-07.75 (12.39 m). She also won the long jump with a leap of 19-06.75 (5.96 m).
On Friday at the Beach Invitational, Alyssa Olin won the javelin, throwing 188-6 (57.45 m) to remain second in the NCAA this year.
At the Mt. SAC Relays, Annika Rotvold finished third in the 1,500m with a time of 4:28.08. Ashley Perez moved to No. 6 in school history in the 5,000m with a time of 16.51.80. That is the third fastest time in the Summit League this year.
Back at the Beach Invitational Saturday, Woods improved her Summit League best in the 400m. She took third with a time of 54.06. Alyssa Lind ran a season best 56.42 in the event to move to second in the Summit League.