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The Summit League student-athletes wrapped up day two of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas - Setting a new personal-best after a two-hour lightning delay at Myers Stadium, University of North Dakota senior Molli Detloff earned First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Track & Field Championship, finishing sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 222-11 (67.94m).
Detloff, who was the first All-American in the program's Division I history in 2017, is the first student-athlete in the Division era at UND to earn First Team All-America. It is also the third All-American honor for the Elk River, Minn., native who also earned Second Team All-America at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Initially set to begin at 4:30 p.m., the popcorn lightning storms in the area resulted in a series of delays that pushed the start of the event back two hours, forcing athletes and spectators to take protective shelter.
Competing in the second flight of the night and in the eighth spot, the Elk River, Minn., opened her night with a season-best 217-7 (66.32m) that placed her fifth in the early goings.
With the competition gaining its bearings, Detloff followed suit as well, popping off a personal-best 222-11 (67.94m) to hold her place and turn the heat up on the rest of the field.
Closing the preliminary round with a toss of 219-feet even (66.75m), Detloff advanced to the finals in fifth as one of four throwers in the top-5 that set new personal-bests in the competition.
The night would close with five of the top-6 recording PRs as Ohio State's Sade Olatoye hurled 227-7 (69.37m) on her fifth throw to move up to fourth and bump Detloff down to sixth.
Entering the finals with the top throw, California's Camryn Rogers won the competition with a season collegiate-best 234-7 (71.50m) to win the hammer throw title.
North Dakota State
AUSTIN, Texas – The North Dakota State women's track & field team scored a pair of All-America honors in the throwing events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday evening. Freshman Akealy Moton placed fifth in the shot put to become a first-team All-American, and junior Bailey Retzlaff finished 14th in the hammer throw for second-team honors.
Moton launched the shot a school record 57-03.50 (17.46m) on her fourth of six attempts, adding two inches to her previous school record.
Moton (West Fargo, N.D.) entered the meet ranked eighth in the field. Her fifth-place finish tied her for the second-highest outdoor NCAA finish ever by a Bison woman.
Ranked 21st entering the meet, Retzlaff placed 14th in the hammer throw to earn second team All-America honors. She registered a career-best throw of 209-7 (63.89m) – an improvement of 4 feet and 4 inches over her previous best – to move up to third all-time at NDSU in the event.
The Bison women now have five first- or second-team All-America honors in the outdoor throwing events over the past three years.
NDSU action at the NCAA Championships will continue Friday with Moton in the javelin (delayed from Thursday night), Payton Otterdahl in the discus, and Amanda Levin in the heptathlon.
AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota junior pole vaulter Helen Falda picked up her fifth career All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Lara Boman capped off her career in the hammer throw on Thursday evening as well.
Falda jumped 14 feet, 3 ¼ inches, to garner her second All-America first team accolade and fifth overall. Seventh place marks her best performance in five national meets, improving upon her eighth-place finish as a freshman at UT Arlington.
In a field loaded with 15 seniors, Falda will be the top returner next year. She was one of just two non-seniors in the top-15 as well.
"Pole Vault U" has become a standard of success for the Coyotes under the helm of coach Derek Miles. His program has four NCAA Championships and 22 All-America accolades since 2011. In addition to Falda's first-team performance tonight, junior Chris Nilsen captured an NCAA title yesterday with a new NCAA meet record of 19-6 ½ to highlight a successful weekend for Miles' pole vault crew.
Boman earned honorable mention status in the hammer throw to wrap up her Coyote career. The former soccer player sent the implement 202-8 for 19th place, improving upon her 22nd-place ranking entering the competition. This marked Boman's second-straight appearance at the outdoor championships.
The Coyotes wrap up competition at the NCAA Championships on Friday with a pair of South Dakota natives with junior Zack Anderson in the high jump and senior Ben Hammer in the discus.
South Dakota State
AUSTIN, Texas - South Dakota State senior Rachel King concluded her historical Jackrabbit career at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the semifinals of the 3,000m steeplechase with a 21st-place finish (10:29.77).
The St. Michael, Minn. native competed in the first of two heats in the steeplechase and came across the finish line at No. 11, improving her overall place-finish from a year ago (23rd).
Of her many achievements throughout her career, her most notable may be that she was the first female Jackrabbit in SDSU's DI era to compete at the outdoor championship event on the track, accomplishing the feat last year.
This year, King continued to be the lone female track student-athlete representing the Yellow and Blue on the national stage while also being the first male or female SDSU student-athlete to qualify for the national championships in NCAA DI West Preliminary era (Sara Ackman also qualified in back-to-back seasons, but in the Midwest Regional in 2009 and West Regionals in 2010).
As soon as the championships conclude in Austin, the USTFCCCA will announce her as an All-America Honorable Mention, her second consecutive honor.
Throughout her SDSU career, she has claimed six school records, including six resets in the 3,000m steeplechase, while being named No. 2 all-time in two more events. Six school records held by an individual is second-most held by a Jackrabbit - male or female (Carly Carper).
King is also one of two student-athletes - male or female - to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries all four years of competition (Mary Wirth).
The fastest time out of the 3,000m steeplechase semifinals was Boise State's Allie Oustrander (9:44.32) while the last qualifying time was 10:00.39 by Providence's Brianna Ilarda.