FARGO, N.D. -- Senior All-American Molli Detloff, an All-American a year ago, is off to an explosive start this indoor season following the long holiday break. Detloff led the University of North Dakota track and field team today at the Thundering Herd Classic hosted by North Dakota State.
After breaking several school records last spring, Detloff continued to dominate the throws for UND. Her weight throw of 66 feet, 4.50 inches (20.23 meters) improved her previous school record of 65-00.50 (19.82), which she set at the Big Sky Conference Championship meet in 2016. The event-winning throw put her second in the Big Sky Conference rankings, which are currently led by Brooke Andersen of Northern Arizona. Andersen’s mark is 69-01.25 (21.06).
“Molli hit 66 feet on her second throw,” said head coach Kevin Galbraith. “That’s a strong start for her and we expect her to just keep improving on that all season long.”
Also earning personal records in the weight throw were Jessica Drady and Makala Keefe. Drady improved her eighth-place standing in UND’s top-10 with a throw of 55-09.25 (17.00). Her previous best came earlier this season with a mark of 55-07 (16.94). Keefe earned the 10th spot after throwing 52-09.25 (16.08).
In the men’s weight throw, Matt Culhane earned a personal record with a mark of 53-04.50 (16.27). His previous best came at last year’s Big Sky meet with a toss of 53-02.75 (16.21). He sits in the 10th spot in UND history.
In the 60-meter three freshmen made appearances in the finals and earned personal bests. In the finals, Oluwaseyi Aguda ran a time of 7.01 seconds. Shandon Toenies clocked a time of 7.06 seconds and Ethan Buckles finished at 7.19 seconds.
“All of our runners had to run a pre-final, a semifinal and a final,” said Galbraith. “Seeing three freshmen make it to the finals is a great start for us.”
Another standout freshman performance came from Josh Pillath in the 60-meter hurdles. His time of 8.33 seconds made him the fastest UND freshman in 60-meter history. He now holds the fourth-fastest time in UND’s top-10.
Isabel Waite won the high jump and earned a personal record with a clear of 5-06.50 (1.69).
Other event winners included Nolan Hovland in the high jump, Connor Danielson and Hannah Oscarson in the 3,000 meters, and Erica Eades in the 800 meters. Cody Roder was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash.
The Fighting Hawks’ season continues next Saturday at the Jim Emmerich Invitational. Competition is set to begin at noon.