NEW ORLEANS (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State University thrower Payton Otterdahl was named the National Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Otterdahl was named the USTFCCCA National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in March after sweeping the NCAA indoor titles in the throwing events, and he earned the Scholar Athlete of the Year honor by meeting the organization’s All-Academic requirements, including a minimum cumulative GPA above 3.25.
The Rosemount, Minn., native concluded his senior season with four top-four finishes in the throwing events at the NCAA Championships – national titles in the shot put and weight throw indoors, a second-place finish in the discus, and fourth place in the outdoor shot put.
Otterdahl became the first Bison men’s track & field athlete to capture four first-team All-America honors in a career. He is the only NDSU track & field athlete to ever earn four Division I All-America honors in the same year.
Otterdahl plans to graduate from NDSU with a degree in health and physical education this fall.