FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NDSU Athletics) -- The North Dakota State men’s track & field team pulled away late to capture its fourth Summit League indoor team championship in the past five years on Saturday afternoon in Fort Wayne.
NDSU totaled 211.5 team points to win the team title over second-place South Dakota State (179) and third-place South Dakota (156.5). It was the eighth indoor crown in 13 years of Summit League membership for the Bison men.
Junior Alex Talley was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer, unleashing a bomb of 73-11.50 (22.54m) to win the weight throw title, locking up a spot at the NCAA Championships in the process. He now ranks fifth in the NCAA this season.
The Bison men swept the top three places in the weight throw, with junior Trevor Otterdahl (69-08.25 / 21.24m) and senior Michael Keogan (66-08.00 / 20.32m) taking second and third behind Talley.
NDSU sophomore Jacob Rodin won the 800m title, running 1:52.66 to lead a Bison sweep of the top four places. Josh Samyn took second, Beau Brannan finished third, and Keiser Freetly was fourth for NDSU. All four are sophomores.
A gutsy run from Timmy Heikkila captured the Summit League mile title in 4:11.46. Alex Bartholomay came back from his 3000m title on Friday night to take fourth in the mile.
NDSU’s Adrian Harris, Cody Roder, Josh Knutson and Rodin claimed runner-up honors in the 4x400m relay.
Senior sprinter Guillaume Viault earned a pair of second-place finishes. He was second in the 200m final with a season-best 21.63, tying for fourth-fastest in NDSU indoor history. Viault was also the runner-up in the 60m dash, running 6.83 to rank fifth all-time at NDSU.
The Bison men finished 3-5-7 in the heptathlon, with senior Ben Klimpke third with 5,011 points. Junior Tony Ukkelberg was fifth with a score of 4,837, and sophomore Tyler Enerson was seventh.
NDSU finished fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth in the Summit League 400m dash final with Harris (48.81), Roder (48.83), Knutson (49.26), and Darrien Lipscomb (49.62).
Freshman Trent Davis took fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.25) for his conference meet debut.
Marcus Walton claimed third in the triple jump, leaping 46-4 (14.12m), and also finished fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-08.75 (2.05m). Freshman Elijah Hylen tied for seventh in the high jump at 6-06.75 (2.00m).