Big Bison Sports roundup

There were Bison sports over the last week, and lots of them

Track and Field

The Men’s and Women’s Track teams competed last Saturday, as the University of North Dakota, South Dakota and South Dakota State came to cold Fargo to battle the Herd in the 2021 Dakota Quad Classic.

The Bison dominated the Men’s 400-meter dash taking places first through fifth. Leading the Herd in the event was Jacob Rodin, who finished with a time of 48.27. Darrien Lipscomb followed with a time of 48.67, Jacob Levin had a time of 49.87, Beau Brannan had 50.07 and Jackson Tracy finished with 50.55.

In the Women’s 400-meter dash, Nell Graham got the win for the Herd with a time of 57.94 seconds. She was followed by fellow teammate Peyton Frolek who finished with a time of 58.05.

In the Men’s 3000-meter run Alex Bartholomay notched the win for the Herd by a large margin of 17 seconds.

In the Men’s 4×400 meter relay NDSU won with a time of 3:14.38. The team featured Cody Roder to lead it off, then Adrian Harris, then Lipscomb and finished with Rodin as the anchor.

The Bison towered over the competition in the Men’s weight throw as three Bison were in places first through third. Trevor Otterdahl led the Bison with a throw of 22.04m, Alex Talley followed throwing 21.43m and Maxwell Otterdahl threw it 19.93m.

The men’s shot-putters delivered a stellar performance in their event as Talley won the event with a throw of 20.20m. Talley was followed by fellow teammate Kristoffer Thomsen who threw a 19.12m as Maxwell Otterdahl followed with a throw of 19.08m. Trevor Otterdahl finished in fifth with a throw of 17.81m.

In the Women’s shot-put the Bison ladies delivered an all-star performance as Akealy Moton won the event with a throw of 17.20m. Trailing her was her teammate Tasha Willing who threw a 15.75m and Amanda Anderson threw a 15.18m earning her third place.

A couple of men’s long jumpers earned first and second place bids for the Herd. Brandon Lewis took first with a leap of 7.48m and Dante White leaped 7.09m.

In the Women’s long jump NDSU’s own Daejha Moss and Grace Emineth took first and second. Moss led with a jump of 5.82m and Emineth trailed with 5.54m. In the women’s high jump, Moss took second tying fellow teammate Bailey Cowling with jumps of 1.71m.

The Bison Women won the 2021 Dakota Quad Classic with 173 points, South Dakota took second with 167, UND took third with 84 and SDSU took fourth with 64. On the men’s side, South Dakota took home the crown with 166, NDSU took second with 138, SDSU took third with 63 and UND took fourth with 43.

The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will travel to Ames, Iowa on Friday, to participate in the Iowa State Classic.


Last Sunday the NDSU Wrestling team met up with South Dakota State and Iowa State for the NDSU Triangular in frigid Fargo. 

In the Border Bell Matchup, NDSU topped South Dakota State 18-16 in a tightly contested bout. In the 149-pound match, Bison Jaden Van Maanen won by decision over Hunter Marko.

It was a close one during the 157-pound match as #14-ranked Jared Franek from NDSU defeated #16, Cade DeVos, by decision 3-2. Luke Weber won by decision over Colten Carlson 6-1 in the 165-pound bout.

Riley Habisch won by decision over Cade King 4-3 in the 174-pound match. Michael Nelson defeated Nick Casperon in the 184-pound contest. It was a tough match for NDSU’s Owen Pentz, as the Jackrabbits’ seventh-ranked Tanner Sloan won by technical fall 16-1 in the 197 match. #17 Brandon Metz won the heavyweight bout over Blake Wolters 5-3. 

#12-ranked Iowa State mopped the floor with NDSU in their dual 32-6. NDSU only won one match in the dual, when 165 pounder Luke Weber pinned Isaac Judge. 

The wrestling team will travel to Brookings, South Dakota next Saturday to dual against Utah Valley and the Air Force Academy.


The Bison volleyball team played a pair of matches against South Dakota State in frigid Fargo at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse in the past week.

In their first match on Sunday, a kill by Ali Hinze got the Herd going in the first set. Later in the set, a service error from SDSU would allow the Bison to go on a 5-0 run. For the rest of the set, both teams would trade points, but the Bison would eventually win the first set 25-19

In the second set, SDSU started the scoring, but the Bison proved to be relentless. A kill by Kirstin Tidd would set the bison on a 4-0 run giving them a 13-6 lead as the Bison cruised to a 25-12 second set victory.

The third set proved too much closer, but the Bison were able to complete the 3-0 sweep, winning the third set 25-21.

The Bison and bunnies took battle once more the next day. The two teams traded points for much of the first set, but a kill by Bella Lien would ignite the Bison on a 7-0 run giving them a 15-0 advantage that gave way to a 25-16 win.

A tightly contested 25-23 Bison win in the second set put the Bison up 2-0 on the match and 5-0 overall in the two-day span with a chance to make it a clean sweep.

In the third set, the Bison started off early with a 4-1 run, but a service error by Hinze and a kill by Akeela Jefferson helped the Jacks.

Later in the set, SDSU would go on a couple of three-point runs to take a 21-19 lead. After a kill by Bachmeier, the Herd went on a 3-0 run after the Bison went on a three-point run of their own. The Bison would eventually take the set and the match after a pair of service errors and a kill by Tanchin. 

The Bison Volleyball team plays a pair Oral Roberts next Sunday on Valentine’s Day at 2 p.m. and Monday at 1 p.m.

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