1:05 AM PDT, April 22, 2012
CRETE, Neb. - Northern State athletes won a variety of events Saturday during the second day of the Doane Relays.
Wolves' coach Jim Fuller said it was a good meet for Northern, and several athletes were able to have a successful day in their respective events.
We had some pretty good weather and the kids took advantage of it, said Fuller. There were a few spots where marks could have been a little better, but it was a long trip and they're a little tired.
On the women's side, the Wolves had two first-place finishers as Jill Schaefer won the 400-meter hurdles and Yvonne Freese won the discus. For the men, Luke Hauert took first in the 400-meter hurdles and Jayce Seelig won the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Fuller thought there were many highlights in other events, as well.
I thought we threw the shot pretty well, he said. Of the five kids in the event, four had personal bests. Yvonne had a pretty good day, she won the discus and had a personal best in the shot.
Running events produced quality results as well, including a sub-four minute effort by Richard Keroack in the 1,500-meter run.
Richard (Keroack) ran a real good 1,500. It was the first time he ever broke four minutes, Fuller said. You have to be a pretty good runner to break that.
The Wolves participated in the 400-meter hurdles for the first time this season, and met with favorable results as both Schaefer and Hauert won their races. Fuller said both are still a little shaky, but competed hard.
We're getting there. That event will keep getting better for us, he said.
Fuller noted that while the Wolves didn't run their top kids in the men's mile relay, the group that ran still logged a good time, coming in fourth. Fuller pointed out that Chris Malsam ran well with a split of 50.4 seconds. In the 400-meter relay, Fuller is confident the Wolves will improve.
We can run better and I think we will. It was the first time those four guys had ran together, he said.
Fuller said it was a nice to have both Malsam and Paul Woodward back again after concluding football season.
Northern has a very busy week ahead, starting with taking a small group to Concordia-Moorhead on Tuesday. Then its on to Des Moines, Iowa, and the Drake Relays Friday and Saturday, where Fuller said Hauert has been accepted to compete in the open 110-meter hurdles and is the only non-Division I athlete entered. Northern will also have several relay teams there.
We will run four relays on the men's side and three on the women's side, Fuller said. That's the most I've ever taken to Drake.
The kids who run only one relay might go to a meet at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and assistant coach Brenda Fuller will have a couple of throwers in a meet at Jamestown, N.D., on Saturday as well. On April 29-30, the Wolves are scheduled to host the NSIC Multi-Events at Swisher Field.
NORTHERN STATE RESULTS
100-Meter Dash: 5, Maria Franker, :12.77.
200-Meter Dash: 7, Nicolia Edwards, :26.46; 8, Maria Franker, :26.51.
400-Meter Dash: 3, Nicolia Edwards, :59.88.
800-Meter Run: 3, Sami Smith, 2:23.47; 4, Brittney Olfert, 2:35.35.
1,500-Meter Run: 6, Brittney Olfert, 5:17.20; 7, Whitney Kuyper, 5:19.88.
100-Meter Hurdles: 4, Jill Schaefer, :16.08; 5, Leandra Schlecht, :16.17.
400-Meter Hurdles: 1, Jill Schaefer, 1:03.23.
3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 2, Mikayla Barondeau, 12:02.74.
High Jump: 5, Leandra Schlecht, 5-3.
Pole Vault: 2, Calley Worth, 10-6; 7, Katie Burton, 9-6 .
Long Jump: 4, Leandra Schlecht, 16-5 .
Shot Put: 4, Melodi Boke, 45-5 ; 8, Yvonne Freese, 41-4 .
Discus Throw: 1, Yvonne Freese, 147-5; 5, Mariah Nelson, 124-8; 8, Melodi Boke, 118-10.
Hammer Throw: 8, Melodi Boke, 118-11.
200-Meter Dash: 8, Austin Suther, :22.83.
800-Meter Run: 2, Jacob Arechigo, 1:55.57; 4, Mark Gilkerson, 1:57.43.
1,500-Meter Run: 2, Richard Keroack, 3:58.87; 7, Brandon Krein, 4:11.96.
110-Meter Hurdles: 2, Luke Hauert, :14.58.
400-Meter Hurdles: 1, Luke Hauert, :54.63.
3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 1, Jayce Seelig, 9:33.92.
400-Meter Relay: 3, Northern State (Luke Hauert, Chris Malsam, Austin Suther, Paul Woodward), :42.48.
1,600-Meter Relay: 4, Northern State (Eric Peterson, Matt Peterson, Chris Malsam, Jacob Arechigo), 3:25.33.
Pole Vault: 8, Nick Kranz, 13-5 .
Shot Put: 7, Jared Thompson, 47-1 .