Otterdahl Wins Texas Relays Shot Put Title with NCAA-Leading Mark

AUSTIN, Texas (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State’s Payton Otterdahl competed in the shot put for the first time in the 2019 outdoor season on Saturday at the Texas Relays, and the results were just as remarkable as everything else he’s done since December.

Otterdahl threw 69-08.25 (21.24m) to claim the Texas Relays title and extend his outdoor school record by 11 inches. He now leads the NCAA by more than two feet, and ranks fourth in the world this year outdoors.

Bison sophomore Alex Talley moved up to third all-time at NDSU in the outdoor shot put, throwing 62-1 (18.92m) for fifth place at the Texas Relays. Kristoffer Thomsen threw 60-05.25 (18.42m) for eighth place, and as a freshman, he already ranks sixth in NDSU outdoor history.

At the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Texas State in San Marcos, NDSU senior J.T. Butler ran a season-best 21.48 in the 200m dash. Sophomore Dominic Martinez ran 15.00 in the 110m hurdles – his best time ever with a wind under +3.0 m/s.

At the Mike Fanelli Track Classic in Hayward, Calif., junior Tim Heikkila was the top Bison finisher in the 800m, running 1:53.57 for the second-fastest time of his career. Redshirt freshman Kurt TeBeest clocked an 800m personal-best of 1:55.29.

In all, six different Bison men posted an 800m time under 1:56.70 on Saturday.