Smith and Otterdahl post best performances for Bison Men on Thursday in California


Invitation Bryan Clay (April 13-15)
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Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (April 14)
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Mt. SAC Relay (April 14-16)
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Invitation to the beach (April 15-16)
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LONG BEACH, Calif. — The North Dakota State men’s track and field team split athletes across three meets Thursday, competing at Long Beach State, Azusa Pacific University and the Mt. SAC Relays in the southern California.

Senior NDSU Trevor Otterdahl was the top middle schooler in the hammer throw at Long Beach State, with a career best of 216-3 (65.91m). He ranks 22nd in the NCAA this season and fifth best in school history.

Second year Payton Smith (Carrington, ND) won her 3,000m steeplechase section at the Mt. SAC relay, clocking a personal best 9:04.42 to rank ninth in school history.

Second year Merkley Hunter posted the best long jump mark of his college career, taking third place in Long Beach with a jump of 23-08.25 (7.22m). Matt Kraft threw a personal best 204-2 (62.24m) to place third in the javelin.

jens christensen matched his outside PR in the pole vault, clearing 15-07.25 (4.76m).

At the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Jr. Beau Brannan clocked a season best 1:53.71 in the 800 m. Eric VanErp recorded a decathlon personal best of 6,399 points.

First-year student Kaden Pastian was the top bison on the record at Long Beach State, throwing 177-3 (54.03m) for 10th place. Levi Rockey came within three inches of his PR hammer throw, throwing 185-7 (56.58m) for the best mark in his section.

The Bison will continue competition at all three venues on Friday.


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