Track and field athletes who are used to performing early in a meet were forced to wait until the end of the first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor championships.
Normally, competitors in the high jump and pole vault finish early in the meet. Due to projected windy and possibly wet outdoor conditions, the NSIC coaches agreed to move the two events from Swisher Field near Aberdeen Central High School to indoors at the Barnett Center on the Northern State campus on Friday.
They were scheduled earlier in the day but when you move them inside coaches were planning on some of these kids being able to do other events, said NSU head coach Jim Fuller. If they're at the track they can do two things at once. Once you move it away from the track, we felt that's not fair to the kids that were entered into those events. No high jumpers and pole vaulters were 10K runners so we decided to have them start when the 10K started.
After the first day of NSIC outdoor track and field competition the top three women's teams were Augustana College with 61 points, Winona State 42 and Northern State 32 . The team totals also included the heptathlon which was won by NSU's Tanya Vassar in a separate competition on Sunday and Monday.
The Wolves picked up two places in the javelin and an eighth in the long jump the first day. Vassar continued to score points with a sixth in the javelin (116-feet 6-inches) and a tie for sixth in the pole vault (11-1 ).
Junior Britlyn Sturlaugson finished second in the javelin with a throw of 124-10.
I was consistent with my distance so I like that, she said. I have thrown farther than that this year but I was happy. I threw five good marks and my last one was a little bad. I've been working on my consistency.
She earned all-conference honors for the javelin throw.
I didn't know that. I just found out today (Friday). I placed sixth last year so this is an improvement. I didn't get the provisional mark this year so I'll have next year for possibly qualifying, she said.
Alli Arampatzis vaulted to a second place finish in the pole vault (12-1 ), the last event of the day. Lindsey Fluharty leaped 17-8 in the long jump for an eighth place finish. Jill Schaefer qualified for finals in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Hannah Treinan will also be in the field for the longer hurdles.
Fuller was happy with the results of the NSU women's team on Friday.
The girls threw the javelin pretty well, he said. Lindsey had a personal best and Tanya had the heptathlon points so the field events started pretty good for us. On the track we were doing pretty well. The times we had in anything were way off (due to the wind). We hurdled well so that was a good thing for us. We've got some chances in the throwing events (Saturday). I think we're in pretty good shape.
Several top competitors from other NSIC schools put themselves in good positions in the meet.
Nicole Brungardt of Wayne State won the long jump (18-11 ) and clocked the top qualifying time in the 100-meter dash. Kristi Buerkle of Bemidji State posted the fastest qualifying times in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Runa Falch of Augustana faced the wind a lot on the first day at Swisher Field. She won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:11.55 and turned in the top qualifying time in the 1,500-meter run.
The second and final day of the NSIC outdoor track championships begin today with field events at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and running events at 1 p.m. Team awards will be handed out at 5 p.m.