While Carson Wentz and the spring game kept BisoNation captivated this weekend, the rest of Bison athletics quietly made waves, too.
This weekend included top performances by North Dakota State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams, the men’s baseball team and the women’s softball team.
4. Female Throwers Capture Four Event Titles
Hosting their first outdoor meet of the season, both track teams excelled (per usual). With the throwing events beginning on Friday afternoon, the Lyle Hokanson classic was run by the Bison from the very beginning.
If anything is almost certain going into a meet, it’s the success of the throwers NDSU boasts.
This week, on home turf, the women’s team successfully won each of the four throwing titles the meet had to offer. Leading the women’s throwing was junior Katelyn Weimerskirch, who won the hammer throw, with sophomore teammate Hannah Frost coming in at a close second.
Along with the victories in the hammer throw was the personal record set by junior Courtney Pasiwitz in the shot-put event, where she is ranked second overall in NDSU’s record books. Weimerskirch also found success in the discus, where she captured the title with freshman teammate Keyawna Larson taking the win in the javelin event.
3. Yet Another Record Setting Weekend for NDSU’s Men’s Track and Field
Along with the impressive performances of the lady throwers was that of the men’s team. Winning seven events overall and sweeping the throwing events, this men’s squad proved again they are going to be tough competition in the quickly approaching Summit League Championships.
One athlete whose performance really stood out was senior Brandt Berghuis. He is now only the second person in the history of NDSU to throw past the 60-foot mark in the shot put event. Conrad Schwarzkopf also showed great improvements, moving up to No. 3 in NDSU’s record books.
2. NDSU Baseball Wins Two of Three
The NDSU baseball team spent its Friday night and most of Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field battling against Western Illinois, winning two of three.
The trio of games started well, with the Herd beating WIU 12-3. The first game Saturday, though, didn’t go as well.
NDSU lost 12-8, but the team’s pitching locked down the finale, which helped secure a 3-0 victory.
Though seniors Juan Gamez and Paul Funk took care of business as usual, it was freshman Jordan Harms who impressed with his first career win pitching six strikeouts and only allowing one walk.
1. Another Weekend Full of PR’s
While the throwing for the NDSU Track and Field teams is always superb, the athletes are constantly setting personal records in all of the events. This weekend was particularly successful for junior sprinter Morgan Milbrath (200-meter dash), who clocked the second-fastest time in her career as a Bison as well as sophomore Gabby Grommesh, who took the title in the 100-meter dash, running her best time of the season.