AUSTIN, Texas (UND Athletics) -- Setting a new personal-best after a two-hour lightning delay at Myers Stadium, University of North Dakota senior Molli Detloff earned First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Track & Field Championship, finishing sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 222-11 (67.94m).
Detloff, who was the first All-American in the program's Division I history in 2017, is the first student-athlete in the Division era at UND to earn First Team All-America. It is also the third All-American honor for the Elk River, Minn., native who also earned Second Team All-America at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Initially set to begin at 4:30 p.m., the popcorn lightning storms in the area resulted in a series of delays that pushed the start of the event back two hours, forcing athletes and spectators to take protective shelter.
Competing in the second flight of the night and in the eighth spot, the Elk River, Minn., opened her night with a season-best 217-7 (66.32m) that placed her fifth in the early goings.
With the competition gaining its bearings, Detloff followed suit as well, popping off a personal-best 222-11 (67.94m) to hold her place and turn the heat up on the rest of the field.
Closing the preliminary round with a toss of 219-feet even (66.75m), Detloff advanced to the finals in fifth as one of four throwers in the top-5 that set new personal-bests in the competition.
The night would close with five of the top-6 recording PRs as Ohio State's Sade Olatoye hurled 227-7 (69.37m) on her fifth throw to move up to fourth and bump Detloff down to sixth.
Entering the finals with the top throw, California's Camryn Rogers won the competition with a season collegiate-best 234-7 (71.50m) to win the hammer throw title.