MVP McClellan owns all three distance races at Summit League Championships
Courtesy North Dakota State University Athletics:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Perham's Maddie McClellan swept the finals of all three distance races at the Summit League Championships to help the six-time defending champion North Dakota State women's track & field team to a seventh-straight league title Saturday.
McClellan was first across the line in the 3,000m and 5,000m, along with setting a personal best 4:49.87 to win the mile. McClellan was named the 2014 Summit League Track MVP
The North Dakota State women's track & field team won 11 of a possible 17 event titles to cruise to a league-record seventh consecutive Summit League indoor team title on Saturday, Mar. 1, at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse.
The Bison racked up 233 points over the two-day meet – enough to outpace second-place South Dakota's 142 1/3 points and third-place Omaha's 109. NDSU has now claimed every Summit League indoor and outdoor track & field team title since joining the league for the 2007-08 season – a total of 13 straight with indoor and outdoor combined.
NDSU dominated on the final day of competition, claiming first-place finishes in seven of the eight events contested on the track. Junior Maddie McClellan won the mile and 5,000m to go along with her 3,000m title from Friday evening. Senior sprinter Antoinette Goodman won the 60m and 200m, senior Ashley Tingelstad defended her title in the 400m, and junior Paige Stratioti won her first indoor league title in the 800m.
Milbrath earned the league's Newcomer of the Championship award.
Goodman made history on two occasions Saturday, first running a school- and meet-record 7.50 seconds to win the league title in the 60m dash. She later ran 24.06 to win the 200m, becoming just the fourth four-time event champion in league history. Her time was the second-fastest 200m clocking all-time at NDSU.
McClellan ran a personal-best 4:49.87 to win the mile and rank fourth in NDSU history in the event. She capped her three-title weekend by winning the 5,000m by more than 10 seconds in 17:10.67.
Tingelstad led a Bison sweep of the top three places in the 400m dash for the third consecutive league meet. She finished in a meet record 54.44 seconds, while Stratioti was second in 54.88 and Ashley Heinze was third in 56.08. Stratioti's and Heinze's times were both lifetime bests.
Stratioti earned her first indoor 800m title with a winning time of 2:11.08. Andrushko ran 2:13.65 for runner-up honors, and freshman Jenny Guibert took fifth place.
In the field, junior thrower Emily Lesser placed first in the shot put with a mark of 48-01.25 (14.66m) to sweep the titles in the throwing events.
The Bison also showcased their tremendous depth by coming away with a placewinner in 16 of the 17 events. NDSU finished third, fourth, fifth and tied for sixth in the pole vault with Caitlin Mack, Anna Benke, Brittany Stangl and Ann Govig, respectively. Mack and Benke each cleared 12-08.75 (3.88m).
NDSU recorded multiple high finishers in several events. Tingelstad finished as the runner-up to Goodman in the 200m, and freshman Morgan Milbrath was fourth in both the 60m and 200m dashes before running her leg on the winning 4x400m relay team. Sophomore Erin Teschuk placed second behind McClellan in the mile.
Other Bison placewinners included Rose Jackson (5th in 60m), Ashlynn Simon (6th in 800m, 7th in 400m), Allie Lahren (7th in triple jump), Katelyn Weimerskirch (7th in shot put) and Heidi Peterson (7th in 5,000m).
NDSU head coach Ryun Godfrey claimed his seventh straight Summit League Indoor Coach of the Year Award.
NDSU won three of the five events in which finals were contested on the first day of the Summit League Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by IPFW on Friday, Feb. 28.
Junior Maddie McClellan took first in the 3,000m, junior Emily Lesser won the weight throw, and freshmen Taylor Janssen, Amy Andrushko and Jenny Guibert teamed up with Erin Teschuk to take the distance medley relay crown. In all, NDSU's effort was enough to open up a 65-34 lead over second-place Omaha in the team standings.
McClellan finished the 3,000m in 9:42.35 to rank second-fastest in NDSU history in the event. She entered the meet ranked first in the league in the mile and 5,000m, which will both be run tomorrow. Senior Heidi Peterson took fifth in the 3,000m in 10:09.15.
Lesser posted a mark of 62-08.75 (19.12m) to win the weight throw by more than four feet. Redshirt freshman Katelyn Weimerskirch also scored points in the event, placing sixth in her first conference meet appearance.
NDSU scored 19 points in the pentathlon to get out to an early lead in the team race. Junior Ashley Heinze led the way in third place with 3,382 points. Freshman Rose Jackson placed fourth, sophomores Lexy Boschee and Ann Govig were fifth and sixth, respectively, and freshman Christina Bruenjes took eighth in the pentathlon.
Senior sprinter/jumper Antoinette Goodman broke the 60m dash school record in Friday's prelims that she previously shared with teammate Deborah John, crossing the line in 7.52 seconds for the fastest qualifying time to the finals. The previous NDSU all-time best was 7.58 seconds. Goodman later jumped 18-10.50 for third place in the long jump.
With the majority of Friday's running events being preliminary rounds to qualify for Saturday's finals, the six-time defending champion Bison women largely took care of business. NDSU sent four runners through to the finals of the 800m and 400m and advanced three in the 60m dash.
Senior Ashley Tingelstad set facility records in the 400m (54.58) and 200m (24.25) to be the fastest qualifier in each event. Her 200m time was a personal best that ranks second in school history.
Juniors Paige Stratioti and Ashlynn Simon both advanced to the finals in the 400m and 800m. Andrushko and Guibert will join them in the 800m final. After completing her five events in the pentathlon early in the afternoon, Heinze claimed a spot in the 400m and 60m hurdles finals.
Jackson placed sixth in the long jump at 18-06.00 (5.64m) and moved on to the finals of the 60m dash. Fellow freshman Morgan Milbrath joined Tingelstad and Goodman as three of the four fastest qualifiers in the 200m.
Women's competition will resume at 11:30 a.m. (ET)/10:30 a.m. (CT) Saturday with the triple jump. Running events begin at noon (CT).