Moton Named Summit League Field Athlete of the Year; Keller Earns Coach of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State freshman thrower Akealy Moton and head women’s track & field coach Stevie Keller were honored Wednesday by The Summit League for their outstanding performances in the 2019 outdoor track & field season.

Moton secured the women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award following a fifth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships that earned her first-team All-America honors. She was the highest Summit League women’s finisher at the national meet, and the lone Summit League woman to qualify in a pair of events.

Keller earned his fourth Summit League women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year award after guiding the Bison to their 12 straight outdoor league title. NDSU sent 13 women’s entries to compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, and four advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Akealy Moton, North Dakota State
R-Fr. | West Fargo, N.D.
• Extended her school record and took home a gold medal in the shot put (56-10.25, 17.33m) at the league outdoor championships
• Finished runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 161-5 (49.19m) at the league championships
• Earned the women’s 2019 Summit League Championship Field MVP
• Scored first-team All-American honors by placing fifth in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a new school record mark of 57-03.50 (17.46m)
• Earned honorable mention All-America honors after finishing 20th in the javelin at the NCAA meet