NDSU Men’s Track & Field Ranked No. 1 in Midwest Region

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- The North Dakota State men’s track & field team is ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region rankings for the first time in program history.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its first regional rankings of the 2019 indoor season this week, and the Bison men came in at No. 1 in the Midwest – a nine-state region that includes more than 30 Division I schools.

NDSU’s top rating was spearheaded by the early season performances of the Bison throws program, but other event groups were involved as well.

Senior Payton Otterdahl leads the NCAA in both the shot put and weight throw this season, while sophomore Alex Talley ranks 13th nationally in the weight throw and 24th in the shot put. Freshman Kristoffer Thomsen is No. 23 on the NCAA performance list in the shot, and sophomore Trevor Otterdahl is 31st in the weight.

Junior Elliott Stone ranks 25th in the NCAA this season in the 3000m after running to the No. 3 spot on the NDSU all-time list last weekend.

In the jumps, sophomore Marcus Walton stands 32nd in the country in the high jump (6-11), and senior Kelle’Mon Hinton is 33rd in the triple jump (49-11.25).

Bison senior Jacob Richter is 44th on the NCAA list in the 400m after running 48.71 in Fargo last Saturday – a time that converts to 47.95 due to being run on a 200-meter flat track.

The regional rankings will continue to be updated each week following the previous weekend’s performances.

USTFCCCA Division I Midwest Track & Field Rating Index – Men

1. North Dakota State
2. Nebraska
3. Missouri
4. Iowa
5. Iowa State
6. Illinois
7. South Dakota State
8. Minnesota
9. Wichita State
10. Oklahoma