Moton Places 5th in Shot Put, Retzlaff Takes 14th in Hammer at NCAA Championships

AUSTIN, Texas (NDSU Athletics) -- The North Dakota State women’s track & field team scored a pair of All-America honors in the throwing events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday evening. Freshman Akealy Moton placed fifth in the shot put to become a first-team All-American, and junior Bailey Retzlaff finished 14th in the hammer throw for second-team honors.

Moton launched the shot a school record 57-03.50 (17.46m) on her fourth of six attempts, adding two inches to her previous school record.

Moton (West Fargo, N.D.) entered the meet ranked eighth in the field. Her fifth-place finish tied her for the second-highest outdoor NCAA finish ever by a Bison woman.

Ranked 21st entering the meet, Retzlaff placed 14th in the hammer throw to earn second team All-America honors. She registered a career-best throw of 209-7 (63.89m) – an improvement of 4 feet and 4 inches over her previous best – to move up to third all-time at NDSU in the event.

The Bison women now have five first- or second-team All-America honors in the outdoor throwing events over the past three years.

NDSU action at the NCAA Championships will continue Friday with Moton in the javelin (delayed from Thursday night), Payton Otterdahl in the discus, and Amanda Levin in the heptathlon.