The busy spring NDSU athletic schedule rolls on
Despite the snow weather, it’s springtime. That means that the golf teams and track and field teams were busy in action this weekend. Let’s take a look at the ongoings for these four teams.
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the Stampede at the Creek. The tournament was hosted by the University of Omaha at the Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn, Nebraska. The tournament consisted of three rounds over Monday and Tuesday.
At the end of day one, the Men’s team was in second place of nine teams. The team score of 302 was just one behind the leader, the University of South Dakota. Leading the Bison was Nate Deziel with a score of 74, two over par. His score placed him in a tie for second place.
The girls’ team ended day one, in sixth place out of eight teams. The team score was 332, 44 over par. The Bison were led by Taylor McCorkle who score 79, 13 over par.
The girls remained in sixth place following the final round on Tuesday, while the men rallied to win their second straight tournament.
The next time the golf teams will be competing will be in the Summit League Championship, May 1 to 3.
Track and Field
The track and field teams competed in the 53rd Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee. The event took place from Thursday, April 8 to Saturday, April 10.
For the men in day one, Alex Talley threw a personal best hammer throw pushing him to 18th nationally.
For the women, Maddy Nilles also had a great hammer throw as she broke her own school record. The new record now sits at 224-3.
Then on day two, the men had some high finishers. Benji Phillips won the Javelin and is now ranked 12th nationally. Bison athletes placed second, third and fourth in the shot put with Talley in the second-place spot. Trent Davis, a freshman placed second in the 110m hurdles with a 14.24. Tony Ukkelberg finished fifth in his first steeplechase of the season.
For the women’s team, shot put was a big success. Akealy Moton is now third in NCAA this season and broke her own school record. Shelby Gunnells is behind her now ranked fourth nationally. Jennie Baragar-Petrash won the 5000m. Amanda Anderson took third in the discus.
On the final day, the relays commenced. Both NDSU teams won the 1600m sprint medley. The men also won the distance medley and the women placed third in the same event.
The next meet for the track and field teams is the MSUM Dragon Twilight this Thursday and Friday.