North Dakota State head men's track & field and cross country coach Don Larson announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education at NDSU and compete for the Bison.
Nigel Hageness, a sprinter from Rugby, N.D.; Landon Jochim, a sprinter from Bismarck, N.D.; Matt Moberg, a jumper from West Fargo, N.D.; Payton Otterdahl, a thrower from Rosemount, Minn.; Camron Roehl, a distance runner from Grand Forks, N.D.; Branden Scheel, a distance runner from Fargo, N.D.; and Brennan Witt, a mid-distance runner from Custer, S.D., are the first seven athletes to sign with the Bison this year. All will join the NDSU men's track & field team in the fall of 2014.
Hageness (Rugby HS) won North Dakota Class B state titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay as a sophomore in 2012, helping Rugby HS to a second-place team finish. He was the runner-up in the 100m as a junior in 2013.
Jochim (Bismarck Century HS) was the North Dakota Class A runner-up in the 400m as a junior in 2013. He is a two-time state champion in the 4x400m relay for Bismarck Century HS.
Moberg (Park Christian HS) was the Minnesota Class A state runner-up in the triple jump as a junior in 2013, as well as placing eighth in the long jump in each of the past two seasons. He also competed in football and plays basketball for Park Christian.
Otterdahl (Rosemount HS) placed second in the shot put and third in the discus at the Minnesota Class AA state championships as a junior in 2013, as well as competing in football and wrestling in his high school career.
Roehl (Grand Forks Central HS) qualified for the North Dakota Class A state track meet in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and 4x800m relay as a junior in 2013. As a sophomore, he was also a state qualifier in the 1600m, 3200m and a pair of relays. He placed fourth at the state cross country meet as a senior in 2013 while playing soccer in the same season.
Scheel (Fargo Davies HS) is an all-state performer in cross country and track. He is a two-time Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) champion in cross country and placed third at the 2013 state cross country meet as a senior. Scheel has qualified for the North Dakota state track meet in the 1600m and 3200m in each of the last two years, placing fourth in the 3200m as a sophomore in 2012.
Witt (Custer HS) has won three straight South Dakota Class A state titles in the 800m. He captured state championships in the 800m and 1600m and anchored his school to a title in the 1600m medley relay as a junior in 2013. His performances helped Custer HS cruise to the Class A team championship.
The North Dakota State men's track & field team has won four of the last six Summit League indoor titles and five of the last six league outdoor titles, including four straight.
North Dakota State University head women's track & field coach Ryun Godfrey announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and another has signed an institutional letter of intent to continue their educations at NDSU and compete for the Bison.
Jaelin Beachy (Staples, Minn.), Gabby Grommesh (Casselton, N.D.), Amanda Levin (West Fargo, N.D.), Sierra Link (Bismarck, N.D.), Alyssa Olin (Mott, N.D.), Aimee Rice-Strand (Osceola, Wis.), Emma Schalow (Fargo, N.D.) and Alexis Woods (Parshall, N.D.) will join the six-time defending Summit League champions in the fall of 2014.
Beachy (Staples-Motley HS) has won the last two Minnesota Class A state championships in the 100m hurdles and was runner-up in the 300m hurdles both years. She qualified for the state meet in the long jump in her freshman and sophomore seasons, as well as taking fourth in the 300m hurdles as a freshman.
Grommesh (Central Cass HS) placed second in the 100m and third in the 200m in North Dakota Class B as a junior in 2013. She has run on five consecutive state-qualifying 4x100m relays, including a state championship as a sophomore in 2012. Grommesh ran on Central Cass 4x200m relays that finished third and fourth in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Levin (West Fargo HS) swept the North Dakota Class A state titles in the sprints as a junior in 2013, winning at 100m, 200m and 400m. As a sophomore, she earned runner-up honors in all three events, and she ran on West Fargo 4x200m relay teams that finished second in each of the last two years. Levin ranks among the top 10 performers in North Dakota high school history with her 100m time of 12.05 seconds and her 200m time of 25.14.
Link (Bismarck Century HS) was the North Dakota Class A runner-up in the 800m as a junior, running 2:18.83 at the state meet. She placed fifth in the 800m as a sophomore and was seventh in the 400m as a freshman. Link has run on six state-qualifying relay teams in her career, including three that took runner-up honors.
Olin (Mott-Regent HS) has been a North Dakota Class B state meet qualifier in three different events over the past two seasons. She earned a runner-up finish in the javelin as a junior in 2013 after taking ninth as a sophomore. Olin ran on Mott-Regent 4x200m state-qualifying relays in each of the last three years, as well as qualifying for state in the long jump.
Rice-Strand (Osceola HS) won a Wisconsin Division 2 state championship in the 200m as a junior in 2013 after winning her first state title as a member of the Osceola 4x100m relay in 2012. She owns five state runner-up honors, including a pair in the 100m over the last two seasons, and is a three-time placer in the 200m.
Schalow (Fargo South HS) is a two-time North Dakota Class A placewinner in the long jump, taking fourth as a sophomore in 2012 and second as a junior in 2013. She earned a pair of fifth-place finishes at the state meet on the 4x200m relay in 2012 and the 4x100m relay in 2013, as well as qualifying both years in the pole vault.
Woods (Parshall HS) is a three-time North Dakota Class B state champion in the 400m dash, winning the title as a freshman, sophomore and junior after finishing second as both a seventh- and eighth-grader. She is also a two-time placewinner in the 100m and 200m dashes. As a freshman, she won the 400m state title with a time of 57.22 seconds.
The Bison women's track & field team is the six-time defending Summit League champion indoor and outdoor.