AUSTIN, Texas — North Dakota State senior Payton Otterdahl finished as the runner-up in the discus Friday at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Otterdahl's throw of 205 feet was just two inches short of first place. The decorated senior earned first-team, All-America honors in the event. Eric Kicinski of Texas Tech won the discus at 205-2.
Akealy Moton, a day after becoming the first Bison woman to earn first-team, All-America honors as a freshman, added another accolade. The West Fargo graduate's throw of 144-5 was good for 20th place in the javelin and honorable mention All-America honors.
Akealy Moton is the first Bison woman to earn first-team All-American honors as a freshman.— NDSU Track & Field (@NDSUTrackField) June 7, 2019
Bailey Retzlaff registered a hammer throw personal-best by 4+ feet at NCAAs for second-team honors.
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Senior Amanda Levin, another West Fargo graduate, is in 21st place in the heptathlon after the first day of competition. She started the day by running a 14.98 in the 100-meter hurdles, followed by a 5-3 mark in the high jump. She then threw 39-5 in the shot put and concluded the day with the second-fastest 200 of her career at 24.52.
Levin will wrap up NDSU's competition at the championships with the final three events of the heptathlon Saturday, beginning with the long jump at 1:30 p.m.