Even casual Bison fans recognize the name Erin Teschuk.
But only the super fans recognize — and correctly pronounce — the name Conrad Schwarzkopf.
Both were winners while competing against South Dakota State, University of North Dakota, University Saint Mary’s, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Manitoba on Saturday at the Bison Classic at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track & Field Facility.
But only one of them broke a North Dakota State record.
That was junior thrower Schwarzkopf.
The big man from Bismarck won the weight throw event with a throw of 64 feet, 6 inches. This mark ranks him among the top 30 in the United States. The throw also earned Schwarzkopf his first Summit League Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award Tuesday.
“We are obviously coming off Christmas break, so there’s a little bit of rust here and there,” NDSU assistant coach Justin St. Clair said. “It’s about competing, and that’s all it really comes down to.”
Facility records were also broken by senior Colin Paarmann, who won the triple jump with a personal best of 48 feet, 6.75 inches, and NDSU assistant coach and Olympic qualifier Trevor Barry tied his own facility record of 7 feet, 4.5 inches.
Other male track and field athletes to finish on top for NDSU were sophomore Jonah Warwick, who won the 1000-meter with a time of 2:33.22.
Kevin Drotts, a sophomore pole-vaulter, set his indoor-best at 15 feet, 1.5 inches.
Other sophomores, Landon Jochim, Brant Gilbertson and Matt Bedard helped the Bison team.
Jochim took second-place in the 200-meter dash, Gilbertson finished second in the mile race and Bedard placed third in the 400-meter dash.
“Hopefully by the time conference comes around or maybe nationals, all the competitive nerves are out of the way and we are ready to go,” St. Clair said about NDSU’s upcoming season goals.
On the women’s side, Bison senior Erin Teschuk won the mile with a time of 4:37.49.
Contributing to Teschuk’s success was teammate Maddie Van Beek. Quickly, Van Beek led the pack in the mile, and slowly pulled away with Teschuk right on her tail.
This was all planned, on lap five out of eight Van Beek stepped off the track and did not finish the race.
The sole purpose of her entering was to pace teammate Teschuk.
“I think it’s just about getting a really hard effort to start off the season,” Teschuk said of one of the first meets of the season. “It’s a building point and from there just keep getting faster.”
NDSU sophomore Courtney Pasiowitz took first place in both throwing events, the shot put and the weight throw, setting a personal best of nearly two feet in the shot put, throwing it 51 feet, 6.5 inches.
Other Bison winners were junior Amy Andrushko, junior Melissa Kitching and sophomore Alexis Woods. Andrushko won the 800-meter with a time of 2:11.03, Kitching won the 600-meter with a time of 1:32.95 and Woods also took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.46.
“This was a good test to see where we are at,” assistant coach Andrew Carlson said of the runners.
Both the men and women’s track and field teams will compete Saturday in Brookings at South Dakota State’s Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational.
“If we can do this now, we know we can go so much faster, jump so much farther and throw so much farther for the rest of the year,” Teschuk said.