By: Aubrie Laufenberg
BROOKINGS, S.D. –There were several broken records that highlight the first day of the 2019 Summit League Indoor Track & Field Championships Presented by the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Friday inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.
After five events scored, the North Dakota State men enter the second day of the championships with 62 points—seven points ahead of South Dakota State (55). South Dakota (51), Oral Roberts (11), North Dakota (7) and Western Illinois (6) ended the first day of competition placed third through sixth, respectively.
On the women's side, NDSU also heads into day two in first place with 64 points—37 points in front of South Dakota (27). North Dakota (26), South Dakota State (20), Western Illinois (10), Omaha (5), Purdue Fort Wayne (3) and Oral Roberts (1) head into the second day of the championships placed third through eighth.
The multi-events started off championship weekend with North Dakota State's Macy Denzer taking home the crown. The NDSU junior placed first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.84 seconds) and the shot put with a career-best 38 feet 09.25 inches (11.82m) mark. Denzer finished second in the 800-meter run (2:19.98) to take home the gold with a final score of 3,695. Her performance in the heptathlon earned her a career-best points, which ranks seventh in NDSU history. She entered championship weekend tied for the league's eight-best heptathlon score (3,350).
A pair of impressive performance earned two throwers new Summit League Indoor Championship records. The meet record in the women's weight throw was broken by four different athletes in the prelims alone. South Dakota's Lara Boman ultimately etched her name as the new meet record holder and secured her first-place finish with a throw of 72-06.50 (22.11m). It was a personal-best throw for Boman by two feet.
On the men's side, North Dakota State's Payton Otterdahl also set a new meet record on his second throw of the men's prelims weight throw with a mark of 77-10.00 (23.72m). Otterdahl took home the title by a margin of eight and a half feet.
South Dakota State distance runners Rachel King and Kyle Burdick took home individual awards repeating as 3,000-meter champs. King won the women's 3,000-meter for the third time in her career, setting a career-best and school record with a finish of 9:26.23. Burdick clocked a time of 8:13.28 for his third indoor championship 3,000-meter title. His time tonight ranks second all-time in SDSU history.
Nilsen became the men's pole vault champion after vaulting a height of 18-10.25 (5.75m) besting his previous indoor event record set two years ago. His mark today is a season-best and moves him to third in the nation this season.
Oral Roberts' Sasha Wells earned her spot in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a No. 1 overall qualifying time of 8.41. Her finishing time ties the meet record set last year by South Dakota's Shanice Cannigan.
South Dakota State's Coby Hilton secured his spot in the finals of the 200-meter with the No. 1 qualifying time of 21.33. His prelims time broke the meet record in the event.
Men's Championships Won
Pole Vault: Chris Nilsen | USD | 18-10.50
Long Jump: Bryant Courter | SDSU | 24-06.50
Weight Throw: Payton Otterdahl | NDSU | 77-10.00
3,000-Meter: Kyle Burdick | SDSU | 8:13.28
Distance Medley Relay: SDSU | 10:07.39
Women's Championships Won
Pentathlon: Macy Denzer | NDSU | 3,695
Weight Throw: Lara Boman | USD | 72-06.50
Long Jump: Samara Spencer | USD | 19-07.50
3,000-Meter: Rachel King | SDSU | 9:26.23
Distance Medley Relay: SDSU | 12:06.73
Competition resumes Saturday inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex with the final men's multi-events starting at 9:30 a.m. CT, field events at 11:30 a.m. CT and track events at 1 p.m. CT.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.