NDSU seniors ring in the new year with weekly honors

North Dakota State senior throwers Payton Otterdahl and Bailey Retlaff secure weekly honors.
North Dakota State senior throwers Payton Otterdahl and Bailey Retlaff secure weekly honors.

By: Aubrie Laufenberg
 
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –North Dakota State throwers entered the new year with record-breaking performances that earned a veteran duo the first athlete of the week honors of 2019. Senior Payton Otterdahl claimed the men's athlete of the week accolade, while senior Bailey Retzlaff secured the women's weekly honor.

Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State
Senior | Throws

  • Won the weight throw (77-08.25) at the Thundering Herd Classic
  • Ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in the weight throw this season, and has already added seven inches to his previous school record
  • Established top marks by a collegiate athlete in both the weight throw and the shot put in December throwing unattached
  • Garnered his first athlete of the week accolade of the season

Also nominated: Zack Anderson (South Dakota), Emmanuel Mwewa (Oral Roberts), Brady Shows (Western Illinois), Kyle Burdick (South Dakota State)

Bailey Retzlaff, North Dakota State
Senior | Throws

  • Won the shot put (56-04.75) and the weight throw (65-00.00) at the Thundering Herd Classic
  • Extended her previous NDSU shot put record from 55-07.00 to 56-04.75
  • Ranks fourth in the NCAA in the shot put and 17th in the weight throw
  • Earned her second-consecutive athlete of the week accolade of the season

Also nominated: Kimmy Peterson (South Dakota), Bo Brasseur (Western Illinois), Sasha Wells (Oral Roberts), Miatta Flemister-Smith (South Dakota State)

2018-19 The Summit League Athlete of the Week
December 4
M: Zack Anderson, South Dakota, Jumps
W: Molli Detloff, North Dakota, Throws 

December 11
M: Kelle'Mon Hinton, North Dakota State, Jumps
W: Bailey Retzlaff, North Dakota State, Throws 

January 15
M: Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State, Throws
W: Bailey Retzlaff, North Dakota State, Throws

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