First day of outdoor championships comes to an end

North Dakota State's Alex Talley launched a personal-best and new meet record toss to win the hammer throw title.
North Dakota State's Alex Talley launched a personal-best and new meet record toss to win the hammer throw title.

MACOMB, Ill. – A championship record along with four crowned champions highlighted the first day of the 2019 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday at Hanson Field.

After two events scored on the women's side, the North Dakota State women will enter the second day of the championships with 42 points -- 22 points ahead of North Dakota (20). South Dakota (14) and Western Illinois (2) rounded out the scoring for the first day. On the men's side, the Bison tallied 51 points and the Fighting Hawks earned 11 points. South Dakota State (9) and South Dakota (7) were the only other teams to score during the first day.

Top Performers
South Dakota's Lara Boman started the Coyotes off on the right foot as she mustered up a toss of 211-8 (64.51m) on her sixth and final throw to win the hammer throw for the second-straight year.

North Dakota State's Alex Talley had himself a record day in the hammer circle, launching a personal-best and new meet record toss of 218-0 (66.46m). He moved up the national rankings and sits at No. 25 this spring as well as improved his mark from last year's championships where he finished runner-up with a mark of 202-8 (61.78m). With Talley's title today, the Bison have now won the last five league titles in the hammer throw.

The Bison women finished one through three in the javelin with league-leader Kari Wolfe claiming the title with a personal-best sling of 172-1 (52.45m). Her mark moved her up to No. 2 all-time at NDSU and No. 17 in the NCAA this season. With Wolfe's victory today, this is the sixth-straight year an NDSU athlete has won the women's league javelin title.

North Dakota State's Brenden Artley took home the Bison's eighth-straight league javelin title with a personal-best 226-0 (68.89m). His mark moved him up to fifth all-time at NDSU and to No. 27 in the nation this season.

The women's heptathlon completed four of its seven events Wednesday. With a total of 3,315 points, NDSU's Amanda Levin leads the event and holds a 226-point advantage heading into Wednesday's final three events. The Bison senior claimed the top spot of the field heading into the final three events after she finished first in the shot put (42-6, 12.95m) and in the 200-meter dash (24.36). Levin entered the championships ranked No. 6 in the nation this spring.

The men's decathlon completed five of its 10 events during the opening day and North Dakota State holds the top three spots in the event thus far. Tony Ukkelberg leads the field with 3,798 points while teammates Ben Klimpke (3,700) and Ryan Enerson (3,667) follow. Klimpke is only 98 points behind Ukkelberg because of his top marks posted in the 100-meter dash (10.88) and the long jump (23-06.25, 7.17m). Both Ukkelberg and Klimpke posted the second-best, first-day scores of their careers.

Men's Championships Won
Hammer Throw: Alex Talley, North Dakota State
Javelin Throw: Brendan Artley, North Dakota State 

Women's Championships Won
Hammer Throw: Lara Boman, South Dakota
Javelin Throw: Kari Wolfe, North Dakota State 

Up Next
Competition resumes Thursday inside the Hanson Field with the women's 10,000-meter run starting at 8 a.m. CT, multi-events kicking off at 11 a.m. CT and field events taking place at 3 p.m. CT. Thursday's action can be followed along with live stats here. A schedule of events can be found here.

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