NDSU Women Take 7 Events at Thundering Herd Classic

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- Senior jumper Piper Jensen won a pair of events for the second meet in a row, and the North Dakota State women’s track & field team claimed five other event titles on Saturday at the Thundering Herd Classic.

Jensen moved to No. 10 all-time at NDSU in the indoor long jump, winning with a mark of 19-06.00 (5.94m). She also claimed the triple jump title, leaping 39-01.00 (11.91m). Jensen has four first-place finishes in four events this season after also sweeping the long and triple jumps at the Dakota Classic in December.

Bison junior Annika Rotvold won the mile in 5:01.01, and freshman Kelby Anderson was the runner-up in 5:02.22. Sophomore Katie Bye took first in the 1000m, crossing the line in 3:02.53.

NDSU junior Klara Lyon cleared 12-08.00 (3.86m) to win the pole vault title.

The Bison women won the 4x400m relay with the quartet of Amanda Levin, Gabby Grommesh, Deidre Hahn and Alexis Woods running 3:50.35.

Grommesh, a senior sprinter, ran a personal-best 7.69 seconds in the 60m dash to earn a runner-up finish and move up to eighth in NDSU history in the event. Woods finished second in the 200m dash with a time of 24.92.

Competing unattached, NDSU’s Shelby Gunnells registered a personal-best by more than a foot in the shot put, throwing 52-01.75 (15.89m) for the win. Gunnells’ mark would have ranked third in NDSU indoor history had she not been competing unattached.

Junior Bailey Retzlaff was second in the shot put with her toss of 51-09.25 (15.78m), ranking her third in school history.

Sophomore Maddy Nilles took second in the weight throw with a mark of 63-09.00 (19.43m) before coming back with a personal-best throw of 48-08.00 (14.83m) in the shot put – good enough to rank her No. 9 on the NDSU all-time list.

Levin placed third in the long jump, posting an indoor PR of 19-02.50 (5.85m). Bailey DeMar took runner-up honors in the triple jump behind Jensen, leaping 38-07.00 (11.76m).

NDSU competes next at SDSU’s Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational in Brookings, S.D., on Jan. 20.