In the midst of defending six straight Summit League outdoor team titles, the North Dakota State women’s track & field team received a big boost from its underclassmen on Friday. Sophomore Erin Teschuk claimed a league title in the 3,000m steeplechase, and NDSU received contributions across the board from an impressive group of newcomers at the 2014 Summit League Outdoor Championships.
Teschuk won her first individual outdoor conference title in the 3,000m steeplechase, winning by more than 10 seconds in 10:42.07. Also the league leader in the 1500m entering the meet, the sophomore from Winnipeg will look to add another medal tomorrow.
In all, Bison underclassmen recorded 13 top-eight finishes on Friday.
Freshman Rose Jackson took runner-up honors in the heptathlon, scoring a personal-best 4,950 points to rank sixth all-time at NDSU. Redshirt freshman Anna Benke earned All-Summit League honors with a third-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 12-06.25 (3.82m). Bison sophomore Brittany Stangl cleared the same height for fourth place.
Redshirt freshman Allie Lahren registered a season-best leap in the long jump, placing fourth at 18-06.50 (5.65m)
NDSU freshmen Christina Bruenjes and Deidre Hahn each cleared 5-03.00 (1.60m) in the high jump to tie for fifth place. Freshman Courtney Pasiowitz placed fifth in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 46-02.75 (14.09m), and redshirt freshman Katelyn Weimerskirch posted a personal-best toss of her own for eighth place.
NDSU’s three placewinners in the heptathlon were all underclassmen, as sophomore Ann Govig took fifth with 4,331 points and Hahn placed sixth with 4,323 to join Jackson in the placing. All three had season-best point totals.
Freshman Taylor Janssen earned a fifth-place finish in the steeplechase with her season-best time of 11:05.64.
While the underclassmen did the majority of the point scoring on Friday for NDSU, several upperclassmen put themselves in position to score big on Saturday. Senior Antoinette Goodman had a busy afternoon, placing third in the long jump with a lifetime-best mark of 19-10.25 (6.05m) and posting the top qualifying times into the finals of the 100m (11.61) and 200m dashes (23.76). Goodman set new Summit League meet records in both races.
Junior Paige Stratioti advanced to the finals of the 400m and 800m. Senior Ashley Tingelstad posted the second-fastest qualifying times in the 200m and 400m to advance in both.
NDSU qualified four runners to the finals in the 100m dash and three apiece in the 200m, 400m and 800m. The Bison also have the fastest qualifier in the 100m hurdles in senior Deborah John and in the 400m hurdles with junior Ashley Heinze.
Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. with the women’s discus and triple jump competitions. Running events begin at 12:20 p.m. with the 4x100m relay.