Bison Women Capture 13th Consecutive Summit League Indoor Title

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NDSU Athletics) -- The North Dakota State University women’s track & field team won its 13th consecutive Summit League indoor championship on Saturday. It was the 25th straight conference team title overall for the Bison, including their 12 straight outdoor crowns.

NDSU finished with 213.5 points, winning by a 65.5-point margin over second-place South Dakota.

Bison junior Kelby Anderson was named the Track Championship MVP, and NDSU senior thrower Shelby Gunnells earned Field Championship MVP honors.

Anderson won both the mile and 5000m on Saturday, adding to her 3000m title from Friday night, to complete the distance trifecta. She scored 30 team points with her three event titles.

The Bison women posted a 1-2-3-5-7-8 finish in the weight throw for 31 team points. Senior Maddy Nilles captured first place with a mark of 70-11.25 (21.62m). Junior Amy Herrington was the runner-up with a new personal-best of 66-00.25 (20.12m) to rank fourth all-time at NDSU. Gunnells took third in the weight throw with a personal-best 64-10.50 (19.77m), moving up to No. 7 in school history.

Junior Peyton Frolek ran a masterful race for the Summit League 800m title, winning in 2:11.32. Frolek charged to the lead on the backstretch of the final lap, and held off her challengers in the final meters.

Bison sophomore Jodi Lipp won the triple jump title, leaping 40-05.50 (12.33m). She now ranks seventh in NDSU indoor history.

Paige Harris, Nell Graham, Grace Zimmerman and Alyssa Lind ran away with the Summit League title in the 4x400m relay, winning by more than four seconds.

The Bison women finished second, fourth and sixth in the 400m dash finals with Lind (56.23), Harris (57.44) and Graham (57.74).

Junior Bailey Cowling was the runner-up in the high jump, clearing 5-07.00 (1.70m).

NDSU freshman Kendra Kelley brought home third place in the 200m dash final, running a season-best 25.17. Senior Jocelyn Dinius was fourth for the Bison.

Melina Kuerschner placed fifth in the 5000m with an indoor PR of 17:26.18. Brynnan Covington was seventh for the Bison.

Senior Klara Lyon cleared 12-08.75 (3.88m) in the pole vault for sixth place. Bison junior Ansley Schug took seventh in the 60m hurdles, running 8.79 for the second-fastest time of her career.