Dominant Dozen: Bison Women Win 12th Straight Summit League Indoor Title

BROOKINGS, S.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- The North Dakota State University women’s track & field team won its 12th consecutive Summit League indoor championship on Saturday. It was the 23rd straight conference team title overall for the Bison, including their 11 straight outdoor crowns.

NDSU finished with 214.5 points, winning by a 68-point margin over second-place South Dakota.

NDSU sophomore Kelby Anderson was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the meet, scoring 21 points in the distance events. Bison freshman Jodi Lipp (St. Cloud, Minn.) was named the Summit League’s Newcomer of the Championships.

With a furious charge down the home stretch, Anderson claimed the Summit League mile title in a personal-best time of 4:45.28 that ranks her fourth in NDSU history.

Senior Bailey Retzlaff captured the league title in the shot put, throwing a meet record and facility record 56-02.50 (17.13m).

Senior Bailey DeMar took the conference title in the triple jump, leaping 40-03.25 (12.27m) for the win.

The Bison women placed six in the top seven of the shot put, scoring a significant 34 team points. Redshirt freshman Akealy Moton’s personal-best heave of 55-02.25 (16.82m) gave her a runner-up finish and put her at No. 16 on the NCAA performance list this season. Junior Shelby Gunnells placed third, and senior Kelsey Laufenberg closed her indoor career with a personal-best 49-10.00 (15.19m) to move up to eighth all-time at NDSU.

Behind DeMar, the Bison women finished second, fifth and sixth in the triple jump. Lipp went 39-09.25 (12.12m) for runner-up honors, ranking eighth in NDSU history. Sophomore Jenna Kes claimed fifth at 38-01.50 (11.62m), and redshirt freshman Michaela Baker was sixth.

Sophomore Peyton Frolek finished second in the 800m with a personal-best time of 2:10.20.

Anderson came back to finish fourth in the 5000m, running 17:02.91 to rank third-fastest in NDSU history in that event. Senior Annika Rotvold finished third in the mile with a time of 4:53.14 and fifth in the 5000m in 17:14.02.

The Bison women placed 3-4-5-8 in the 400m dash final with three of the four runners posting personal-best times. Sophomore Alyssa Lind was third in 56.50, junior Paige Harris was fourth in 56.94, freshman Grace Zimmerman took fifth in 57.38, and freshman Gracie Wright placed eighth in 58.38.

Zimmerman, Harris, Wright and Lind teamed up to finish second in the 4x400m relay, running a season-best 3:47.09.

Junior Klara Lyon placed fifth in the pole vault with a personal-best 13-03.00 (4.04m), and junior Jocelyn Dinius cleared a personal-best 12-09.00 (3.89m) for sixth. They rank sixth and seventh, respectively, in NDSU indoor history.

Baker placed third and senior Dakota Wood took seventh 60m hurdles final. Freshman Rhaeghn Gripentrog came in sixth in the 60m dash.