NDSU's Dolezal, Hermanson Named April Athletes of Month

NDSU's Dolezal, Hermanson Named April Athletes of Month

ELMHURST, Ill. - North Dakota State outdoor track & field athletes Riley Dolezal (Stanley, N.D./Stanley HS) and Laura Hermanson (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville HS) have been named The Summit League Athletes of the Month for April.

Dolezal earns Men's Athlete of the Month honors after winning the javelin twice during the month of April - at the Bison Open and at the Mt. SAC Relays. He also placed second at the Duke Invitational and fourth at the 99th annual Drake Relays with a throw of 69.15 meters, which ranked second in school history (he has since broken the record). He reached the NCAA Regional qualifying standard three different times during the month and currently leads The Summit League by more than 31 feet in the event.

Hermanson earns Female Athlete of the Month honors after posting Summit League-leading and regional qualifying times in both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs during the month. She set the school record in the 1,500 at the Duke Invitational with a time of 4:27.66, then bettered that mark with a time of 4:26.31 at the Mt. SAC Relays. She won the 800 at the Mt. SAC Relays in 2:06.41, and placed second in the 800 at the 99th annual Drake Relays, losing only to All-American Becky Horn of Western Michigan. Hermanson also anchored the 4x800-meter relay squad that shattered the school record with a time of 8:34.14 (old school record was 8:47.62) at the Drake Relays. The time was third in the world following the race.

Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Brandon Knowling, IPFW, baseball; Michael Powell, IUPUI, golf; Dennis Schwarz, UMKC, tennis; Andrew Stafford, Oakland, baseball; Ben Petralli, Oral Roberts, baseball; Craig Parry, South Dakota State, baseball; Kyle Peterman, Western Illinois, golf.

Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Allison Shepperd, Centenary, softball; Amy Recht, IPFW, tennis; Emily Holsapple, IUPUI, tennis; Caitlin Lynch, Oakland, softball; Christy Carter, Oral Roberts, golf; Hillary Gerster, South Dakota State, golf; Samantha Valentine, Western Illinois, softball.

2007-08 Athletes of the Month


Male, School, Sport

Female, School, Sport


Aaron Volanski, Centenary, soccer

Amy Anderson, South Dakota State, volleyball


Mark Currell, Southern Utah, cross country

Faithy Kamangila, Oral Roberts, cross country


Ben Woodside, North Dakota State, basketball

Amy Anderson, South Dakota State, volleyball


Brett Winkelman, North Dakota State, basketball

Jessica Pike, Oakland, basketball


Robert Jarvis, Oral Roberts, basketball

Amy Recht, IPFW, tennis


Marcin Unold, Oakland, swimming

Agnes Solan, Oakland, swimming


Andretti Bain, Oral Roberts, indoor track & field

Ryan Thacker, Centenary, softball


Riley Dolezal, North Dakota State, outdoor track & field

Laura Hermanson, North Dakota State, outdoor track & field