Blue Hawks claim second straight NSAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Blue Hawks claim second straight NSAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships

MADISON, S.D. - Battling through rainy and cold conditions Friday on the second day of the 2018 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Women's Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championships at Trojan Field, Dickinson State (N.D.) overtook Jamestown (N.D.) to claim their second consecutive conference title.  The Blue Hawks also won their third conference title in the last four years.

DiSU tallied 215 points in the meet.  UJ, who had a 1.5-point lead after the first day on Thursday, finished second with 169.5 points.  Valley City State (N.D.) scored its most points in the North Star conference meet, finishing third in the meet with 120 points.  Dakota State (S.D.) earned fourth-place finish with 65 points.  Viterbo (Wis.) was fifth with 59.5 points, followed by Waldorf (Iowa) 51 points.

Ashley Caldwell of Viterbo won both 100- and 200-meters titles, breaking new North Star conference meet record in both events (both previously held by Amber Forbes of Dickinson State in 2015).  Caldwell clocked a time of 12.20 seconds in the 100-meters and 25.43 seconds in 200-meters.

UJ's Kylee Voigt set a new NSAA conference meet record time of 58.57 seconds to win the 400-meter dash (previous record was held by Rachel Heucert of UJ in 2016). 

Valley City State's Allyssa Weitkum won the 800-meter run title with a time of 2 minutes, 22.23 seconds. 

DiSU went 1-2 in the 1500-meter run title, packed by Jacey Wilson with a time of 5:02.78 followed by her teammate Lisa Townsend.

Marissa Kuik of Waldorf, who was named to the NSAA Women's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Meet, captured the 5000-meter title with a new North Star conference meet record time of 18 minutes, 56.45 seconds. 

Kaiann Arellano produced a time of 14.81 seconds to capture the 100-meter hurdles for Jamestown.  She also won the high jump title after clearing a height measurement of 1.60 meters (5 feet, 3 inches), which was her second straight outdoor conference high jump title.

Mackenzie Grubbs led the Blue Hawks in the 400-meter hurdles by recording a new NSAA conference meet record time of 1:04.81. 

Paitton Herbst registered a time of 12 minutes, 32.36 seconds to win the 3000-meter steeplechase.   It was her second straight conference individual title.

The Blue Hawks dominated all three relays events in the conference meet, winning the 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relays on Friday.   DiSU set a new NSAA conference meet with a time of 48.74 in the 4 x 100-meter relay and 4:06.44 in the 4 x 400-meter relay.

Megan Johnson, who won the triple jump Thursday for VCSU, earned another conference individual title in the long jump Friday.  She jumped a distance of 5.36 meters (17 feet, 7 inches).

VCSU collected 19 points in the shot put, led by Bryeann Robertson with a first-place after throwing 12.67 meters (41 feet, 7 inches).  Mackenzie Huber was second (12.55 meters - 41 feet, 2.25 inches)), while her teammate Kari Fritel earned a sixth-place honor (11.30 meters - 37 feet, 1 inch).

Mailani Thomas of DiSU won the discus throw after tossing 40.03 meters (131 feet, 4 inches). 

The official list of the 2018 North Star Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference will be announced on Monday.

Postseason Awards
NSAA Track Athlete-of-the-Meet:  Marissa Kuik - Waldorf (Iowa)
Tri-NSAA Field Athlete-of-the-Meet:  Kaiann Arellano, Beth Alexander - Jamestown (N.D.) and Megan Johnson - Valley City State (N.D.)
NSAA Coach-of-the-Year:  Nick Walker - Dickinson State (N.D.)