Runner-up finish, All-America accolades achieved during third day of NCAA Outdoor Championships

North Dakota State's Payton Otterdahl was just two inches away from capturing his third national title of the year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
North Dakota State's Payton Otterdahl was just two inches away from capturing his third national title of the year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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A runner-up finish and some additional All-America honors were the highlight of the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Below are recaps from across the league.

North Dakota State
AUSTIN, Texas – Two inches were all that separated North Dakota State senior Payton Otterdahl from his third national title this year.
 
Otterdahl led the discus halfway through Friday night's competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, throwing 205-0 (62.48m) on his third attempt. Texas Tech senior Eric Kicinski recorded a mark of 205-2 (62.53m) in the fourth of six rounds, topping Otterdahl by two inches and clinching the team national title for the Red Raiders.
 
The Rosemount, Minn., native had five of his six throws travel at least 60 meters on Friday night. Otterdahl entered the meet ranked third in the NCAA.
 
Otterdahl concludes his senior season with four top-four finishes in the throwing events at the NCAA Championships – national titles in the shot put and weight throw indoors, the second-place finish in the discus, and fourth place in the outdoor shot put.
 
Otterdahl is the first Bison men's track & field athlete to capture four first-team All-America honors in a career. He is the only NDSU track & field athlete to ever earn four All-America honors in the same year.

North Dakota State freshman Akealy Moton finished 20th in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday, adding an honorable mention All-America honor to go along with her first-team performance in the shot put on Thursday night.
 
Moton posted a throw of 144-5 (44.02m) for 20th place. She ends her freshman season ranked fourth all-time at NDSU in the javelin.
 
Bison senior Amanda Levin stands in 21st place after the first day of heptathlon competition, scoring 3,173 points through four events.
 
Levin opened with a time of 14.98 in the 100m hurdles – the fourth-fastest time of her career. She cleared 5-03.00 (1.60m) in the high jump before throwing 39-05.00 (12.01m) in the shot put for the 10th-best mark in the heptathlon field.
 
Levin clocked the second-fastest 200m time of her career, running 24.52 to close out Day 1.
 
Levin will conclude NDSU's competition at the NCAA Championships with the final three events of the heptathlon on Saturday, beginning with the long jump at 1:30 p.m.

South Dakota
AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota natives Ben Hammer and Zack Anderson wrapped up the 2019 NCAA Championships for the Coyotes on Friday evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium. 

In his final meet as a Coyote, Hammer garnered his first career All-America accolade. He finished 11th in the field for second-team All-America. His best mark came on his first throw of the competition, sending the discus a season best 189 feet, 2 inches.

Anderson cleared the opening pair of bars on his first attempt, but missed all three tries at 7-1 ¾. He finished one spot out of All-America recognition, taking 17th with his top height of 7-0 ½. This marked one of the toughest men's high jump competitions of the century, with it being the first time since 2001 that it took a make of 7-3 to score in the top-eight.

Hailing from Dell Rapids (Hammer) and Parker (Anderson), the duo were the only South Dakota natives competing in the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year.

South Dakota takes home three All-America honors on the weekend. Junior Chris Nilsen successfully defended his crown in the men's pole vault, junior Helen Falda earned first-team honors in the women's pole vault and Hammer added second-team honors in the discus tonight.

Oral Roberts
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Jaden Purnell competed at an NCAA Championship event for the third time in his illustrious career, earning a top 20 finish in the triple jump, Friday, to conclude the 2018-19 track and field season.

News and Notes
- Purnell finished 20th in the triple jump with a mark of 15.63m (51-3.5). He hit the 15.63m mark on his first attempt before fouling on his final two tries. 

- At the conclusion of the meet, Purnell will be named a USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-American, the third All-America honor of his career.

- Purnell's performance brings to a close the 2018-19 athletic year for the Golden Eagles, who had two All-Americans (Purnell indoor and outdoor) and two freshman All-Americans (Isaac Coffey-baseball, Kevin Obanor-men's basketball) and 56 All-Summit League selections.