Rosenau Opens Summit Championships with Record Breaking Performance
North Dakota State sophomore Sierra Rosenau got things started for the Bison women’s track & field team with a record-breaking performance on the first day of the Summit League Outdoor Championships on Thursday. Rosenau broke her own NDSU school record, the facility record and the Summit League Championships record in the javelin on her way to her first league title in the event.
Ranked first in The Summit League entering the meet, Rosenau left no doubt who would claim the 2014 javelin title. Her winning throw of 163-6 (49.84m) topped the second-place finisher by more than 22 feet. The Carrington, N.D., native climbed to 31st on the national performance list this season and 14th in the West Region in the event.
Rosenau extended her own school record for the fourth time this season – this time by five and a half feet.
Bison redshirt freshman Katelyn Weimerskirch earned her first outdoor All-Summit League honor, placing third in the hammer throw with a throw of 167-1 (50.94m).
NDSU sophomore Amber Riopelle placed fourth in the javelin after taking fifth last year, posting a mark of 133-10 (40.80m).
On the first day of the heptathlon, NDSU freshman Rose Jackson opened with a huge personal-best of 15.29 seconds in the 100m hurdles and closed with another PR of 24.53 in the 200m dash. Jackson stands in third place with 2,922 points through four events – 120 points ahead of her best first-day total this season.
Bison freshman Deidre Hahn is in fifth in the heptathlon with 2,627 points, and sophomore Ann Govig is sixth with 2,568 points.
North Dakota State sophomore Quinn Baumann defended his Summit League title in the javelin on Thursday as the Bison throwers lifted the NDSU men’s track & field team to a first-day lead at the Summit League Outdoor Championships.
For the second year in a row, Baumann led a group of NDSU throwers who racked up 32 of a possible 39 points in the javelin. NDSU swept the top four places in the event and claimed six of the top eight finishers. In the hammer throw, NDSU placed four men in the top six spots to add another 18 points.
Through the three events finalized on the first day of the meet, NDSU leads the men’s race with 51 points. South Dakota stands in second place with 27 points.
Baumann won his second league javelin title with a throw of 208-8 (63.60m) this season, edging teammate Tyler Parker who claimed runner-up honors with his season-best mark of 207-1 (63.12m). Bison junior Adam Coykendall threw a season-best 194-4 (59.24m) for third place, and sophomore Brock Larson took fourth.
Decathletes Angus Stoudt and Grant Mjelstad placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the javelin.
In the hammer throw, junior Trevor Berner led a group of four Bison who finished 3-4-5-6. Sophomore Brandt Berghuis placed fourth, senior Josh Eiler was fifth, and redshirt freshman Alex Renner claimed sixth. Eiler’s personal-best mark of 183-1 (55.80m) moved him up to No. 7 on the NDSU all-time list in the event.
Redshirt freshman Bryon Schuldt finished eighth in the 10,000m, crossing the line in 31:48.10 for NDSU’s final point on the opening day.
Mjelstad opened with big personal-best efforts in the first three decathlon events – including a leap of 22-10.50 (6.97m) in the long jump – to hold the decathlon lead at the end of the first day. His score of 3,469 points is 77 points ahead of his best first-day total this season.
Junior Beau Gagnon is currently second in the decathlon with 3,400 points, and Stoudt is tied for third with 3,394.
The second day of the Summit League Outdoor Championships will get underway Friday with the decathlon 110m hurdles at 11 a.m. Women’s action begins with the heptathlon long jump at noon, and the pole vault will start at 3 p.m. after being postponed from Thursday. Running events are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.