NSU Track & Field Squads Start Outdoor Season in Colorado

BOULDER, CO (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University track and field teams opened the 2017 outdoor season from the Colorado University Jerry Quiller Invite on Friday and Saturday. The Wolves notched 25 top-15 finishes on the women’s side, and another 43 on the men’s side with one school record by Itoitz Rodriguez in the 400m dash.

Toni-Ann Ingram opened the track events for the Wolves finishing fourth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.79. The Wolves junior was the top Division II finisher in the event. She went on to take seventh in the 200m with a time of 25.99. Ingram was followed by Madison Barnes, Elizabeth Raecke, and Tayla Peterson in eighth through tenth. The top finished with times of 26.02, 26.13, and 26.46. Raecke was the top finisher in the 400m dash, taking sixth with a time of 1:00.37. She was followed by Barnes in eighth and Mackenzie Cruzen in 11th.

Lindsey Gast and Paige Larson opened the distance events finishing 13th and 15th in the 1500m run with times of 5:08.82 and 5:17.24. Madison Leapaldt notched the lone top-10 distance finish of the day in the 3000m run. The freshman hit the line at 11:53.53 in tenth overall.

The 4x100m relay team of Raecke, Barnes, Peterson, and Ingram finished second overall with a time of 48.81, while the 4x400m relay team won the event. Barnes, Raecke, Cruzen, and Molly Wynn crossed the line at 4:15.39 as the top finishers.

Nicolette Kneeland led the Wolves in the shot put, finishing third overall with an 11.68m toss on her third attempts. She was followed by Autumn Schulz in fifth overall with a 10.94m mark, and McKenzie Werner in sixth throwing 10.88m. Werner notched a top-5 finish in the discus with a throw of 33.24m. Amy Wockenfuss opened her track and field season, finishing third in the hammer, throwing 44.55m. Schulz and Kneeland also finished in the top ten in seventh and eighth overall.

The Wolves went three-four in the javelin led by senior Trevez Bridgewater who threw 35.82m. She was followed by Michaela Schlecht in fourth with a 35.45m throw. Werner followed landing eighth overall, throwing 31.03m.

Romario Thomas opened competition for the Wolves finishing 12th in the 100m dash with a time of 11.20. He was closely followed by Sam Moseti in 14th overall, hitting the line at 11.33. Thomas continued his solid day of competition, placing 13th in the 200m dash with a time of 22.70. Freshman Isaiha Fletcher also finished in the top-15 in the race, notching a time of 22.95.

Itoitz Rodriguez opened his outdoor season in school record fashion finishing third in the 400m dash as the top Division II placer. The sophomore hit the line with a school record time of 47.94, finishing just 0.79 behind the race winner. Luke Wietgrefe also found himself in the top-10 in the event, finishing sixth overall with a time of 49.17, while Zach Six and Fletcher rounded out the top-15 with time of 50.79 and 51.06 respectively.

Tanner Peltier tallied the first top-10 finish in the distance events with an eighth place mark in the 3000m run. Peltier hit the line at 9:29.74. TJ Hochstetler opened the hurdle events finishing eighth with a time of 16.57 in the 110m. He was followed by Jacob Lackas and Kelson Brewer in tenth and 12th with times of 17.28 and 17.61. Brewer also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles, hitting the line at 55.17, followed by Lackas with a time of 1:03.59.

The 4x100m relay team of Jarreth Martina, Thomas, Brenton Hanisch, and Bryce Malsam finished fourth overall with a time 42.91. The 4x400m relay also finished fourth from the meet. The team of Rodriguez, Thomas, Fletcher, and Six finished in 3:21.04.

After his indoor All-American performance, Deshonn Brown won the high jump clearing 2.09m. He was the only competitor to jump over 2.03m on the day, blowing past the competition. The sophomore also finished fourth in the long jump with a 6.54m jump. He was followed by Hochstetler in sixth jumping 6.43m and Trey Tiefenthaler in ninth, jumping 6.26m. Tiefenthaler finished second in the triple jump as the top Division II placer. He jumped 13.17m on his their attempt of the day. Alazae LeFaive followed in seventh with an 11.88m jump.

Lucas Osowski (PDF results are being updated to read Osowski instead of Wietgrefe) opened the throwing events for the Wolves, taking second in the shot put with a 14.21m toss. He was followed by Bryce LeBlanc, Gage Rayman, and Jacob Olson finishing fifth through seventh. The trio threw 13.30m, 13.14m, and 12.51m on the day. Olson went on to place fourth in the discus, throwing 40.99m. He was followed by Marcus Heggelund in seventh and LeBlanc in ninth with 36.95m and 36.01m throws.

Osowski finished third in the hammer throw, with a 47.56m mark on his fourth throw of the afternoon. Olson and Rayman finished in seventh and eighth, while LeBlanc notched an 11th place finish. Brown moved to the throwing events, finishing second in the javelin throwing 46.97m. Ben Moen followed in third overall throwing 44.34m, while Taylor Rolf, Heggelund, LeFaive, and Hochstetler rounded out the top-10.

The Wolves will take a 3-week hiatus before returning to action April 6-8 at the Northwest Missouri State, NSIC vs. MIAA meet in Maryville.