NCAA Preliminary Rounds come to an end

South Dakota State's men's 4x100m relay became the first Summit League relay squad to qualify for the Outdoor Division National Championships. Photo by Waack Creative
South Dakota State's men's 4x100m relay became the first Summit League relay squad to qualify for the Outdoor Division National Championships. Photo by Waack Creative

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The NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds came to a close Saturday and the league saw a couple more tickets punched to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Below are recaps of the second day's competition from around the league.

North Dakota State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The North Dakota State men's track & field team had an impressive showing in the shot put at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on Saturday, advancing three throwers to the NCAA Championships in the event.
 
Senior Payton Otterdahl, freshman Kristoffer Thomsen, and sophomore Alex Talley finished third, fifth and sixth, respectively, to qualify for the national meet. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, on June 5-8.
 
Otterdahl will enter the NCAA Championships ranked second in the nation for the outdoor season. Thomsen threw a personal-best 63-11.50 (19.49m) on his final attempt to lock up his spot in Austin, and Talley registered a personal-best 63-09.00 (19.43m).
 
Otterdahl, Thomsen and Talley rank first, third and fourth in NDSU outdoor history in the shot put. All-American Alex Renner (2013-17) is No. 2 on the Bison all-time list.
 
NDSU senior Kelle'Mon Hinton went 49-05.75 (15.08m) in the triple jump to finish in 25th place.
 
Bison junior Michael Keogan threw 59-11.75 (18.28m) in the shot put to place 27th.
 
The Bison men will send a total of six entries to the NCAA Championships, with Otterdahl in the discus, Talley in the hammer throw, and Brendan Artley in the javelin.

 North Dakota State University redshirt freshman thrower Akealy Moton improved her shot put school record and locked up a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday evening at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.
 
Moton unleashed a toss of 57-01.50 (17.41m) on her first attempt to finish second overall in the meet. The top 12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, on June 5-8.
 
Moton extended her previous school record mark by three inches.
 
Bison junior Bailey Retzlaff took 17th in the shot put, throwing 52-05.50 (15.99m). While she won't advance in the shot, Retzlaff is already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw.
 
Junior Bailey DeMar posted a strong performance in the triple jump, with a top mark of 41-06.00 (12.65m) and another jump of 41-05.25 (12.63m). She finished 19th, missing a trip to the NCAA Championships by only eight inches, with 42-2 (12.85m) as the cutoff.
 
DeMar will enter her senior season ranked fifth all-time at NDSU in the outdoor triple jump.
 
Kelby Anderson ran a 5,000m personal-best of 16:11.48 to place 23rd. She ends her freshman outdoor season ranked third all-time at NDSU in the 5,000m.
 
NDSU junior Maggie Schwarzkopf placed 29th in the shot put with a mark of 50-04.00 (15.34m).
 
The Bison women will send a total of four entries to the NCAA Championships, with Moton in the shot put and javelin, Retzlaff in the hammer throw, and Amanda Levin in the heptathlon.

Oral Roberts
SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Senior Jaden Purnell qualified for the next round to highlight Saturday's action as the Oral Roberts track and field teams wrapped up competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

News and Notes
- After scratching on his first two attempts, it came down to possibly the last jump of his collegiate career for Purnell. He was not ready to be done, and Purnell put down a mark of 15.94m (52-3.75) to leap into seventh place, securing his spot at the NCAA National Championship.

- Sasha Wells moved up again in the 100m hurdles to finish 19th overall in a time of 13.59 seconds. Wells entered the meet ranked 30th in the region and finished 22nd in the opening race.

- The men's 4x400m relay team also improved their standing, entering the meet 23rd in the region and finishing 21st on Saturday.

ORU's Saturday Results
Women's 100m Hurdles
19 – Sasha Wells – 13.59

Men's Triple Jump
7 – Jaden Purnell – 15.94m (52-3.75)

Men's 4x400m /Relay
21 – Emmanuel Mwewa, Cameron Neely, Brad Dormeus, Israel Nelson - 3:11.49 

Up Next
Purnell will compete in the NCAA National Championship in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.

Purdue Fort Wayne
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Purdue Fort Wayne senior Emma Rafuse ran a time of 16:55.15 to finish 30th in the 5K at the NCAA Track and Field Preliminary on Saturday (May 25).

She needed to finish in the top-five in her heat or be one of the next two best times overall in order to move on to Nationals in Austin, Texas. Esther Gitahi of Alabama won the event with a time of 16:03.48.

Rafuse finished 30th after entering the event as the 42nd seed.

South Dakota
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—South Dakota junior high jumper Zack Anderson returns to the national stage, advancing through the NCAA West Preliminary on Saturday inside Hornet Stadium.
 
Anderson boasted the top qualifying position by clearing up to 7 feet, 1 inch, without a miss. He surpassed 7-feet for the 15th time during his junior campaign. A native of Parker, South Dakota, Anderson is a two-time All-American high jumper for the Coyotes. Anderson was one of nine men to make the final bar with the final three spots determined by a jump-off.
 
True freshman Jack Durst narrowly missed out on joining Anderson in Austin. He was one of six men tied for 10th place, making up to 6-11 without a miss. The final three spots were determined by a six-man jump-off and Durst did not advance. Rounding out the nation's top-ranked high jump squad were senior Deshonn Brown and sophomore Travis Larson in 30th and 31st, respectively.
 
Senior Eldon Warner wrapped up his Coyote career by breaking the school record in the men's 1,500-meter run for the second time over the weekend. He clocked a new personal best of 3:43.15, improving his record by nearly two seconds. Warner finished 15th in the quarterfinals of the event.
 
Senior Ben Hammer returned for the second day to compete Saturday in the shot put. Hammer placed 25th with a throw of 60-3 ¼. It marked his sixth time throwing past 60 feet in 2019. Hammer qualified for the NCAA Championships in the discus during Friday's competition.
 
The Coyotes qualified five student-athletes to the NCAA Championships to be held June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. Those advancing include senior hammer thrower Lara Boman, junior pole vaulter Chris Nilsen, junior pole vaulter Helen Falda, Hammer and Anderson.
 
South Dakota State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For the first time since becoming Division I, the South Dakota State track and field teams will bring two entries to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.
 
The men's 4x100m relay squad will join senior Rachel King at Mike A. Myers Stadium on June 5-8 to compete against the nation's best.
 
Freshman Emmanual Phoulom-Smith led off and handed it to sophomore Coby Hilton as the defending 4x100m relay champion Houston dropped the baton to disqualify. That opened the door for the Jackrabbits, finishing with sophomore Daniel Clarke and junior Sam Zenner, to finish with the fifth-best mark of the third heat and the last "next-fastest" qualifying bids.
 
The men trimmed another 0.13 seconds off the school record for the second time this year to record the first-ever sub-40-second performance (39.99).
 
The two-time Summit League Champions were the first SDSU relay squad in DI era to qualify for the NCAA West Prelims and will be the first men's entry since Kyle Burdick qualified in the 1,500m in 2017.
 
They are the first Summit League relay squad - 4x400m relay or 4x100m relay - to qualify for the outdoor DI national championships. The league has had one men's indoor 4x400m relay and two women's outdoor 4x400m relays and one women's indoor 4x400m relay.

The second leg, Hilton, also added competition in the 100m and 200m over the weekend, becoming the second Jackrabbit

Senior Burdick closed out his South Dakota State career just outside of the qualifying 12 in the 1,500m, finishing 14th overall with a season-best mark and the second-best mark of his career (3:43.14). He placed eighth in the second heat of the quarterfinal round.

Later in the night, Burdick added a 46th-place finish in the 5,000m (14.51.26) with his third NCAA West Prelim appearance in the event. 

UP NEXT
Those individuals that qualified during the prelims will compete in the NCAA National Championship in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.

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