Five Bison Men Named to USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team
Release: July 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Five North Dakota State men's track and field athletes were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Division I All-Academic Team for the 2012 season.
Senior Travis Fitzke and juniors Moses Heppner, Andy Lillejord, Casey Orgon and Matt Tetzlaff each completed the year with at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average.
Nominees must be ranked in the top 96 of an individual event indoors, top 48 of an indoor relay event, or have participated in any rounds of the NCAA championships.
Fitzke, a biology major from Pierre, S.D., ranked 69th nationally indoors in the 1-mile run with a time of 4 minutes, 3.35 seconds. He competed in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Heppner, an exercise science major from Warroad, Minn., qualified for the NCAA preliminaries in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 49.72 seconds.
Lillejord, a zoology major from Jamestown, N.D., ranked 25th indoors in the heptathlon with a score of 5,517 points, was 52nd in the pole vault with a mark of 17 feet, 0 3/4 inches, and was 95th in the long jump at 23 feet, 11 inches.
Orgon, a mechanical engineering major from Bemidji, Minn., ranked 55th indoors in the 35-pound weight throw (62 feet, 1 3/4 inches) and qualified for the NCAA outdoor preliminaries in the hammer throw (197 feet, 7 inches).
Tetzlaff, an exercise science major from Pierre, S.D., ranked 57th indoors in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.95 seconds and qualified for the NCAA outdoor prelims in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.03 seconds.
A total of 431 student-athletes representing 148 Division I programs nationwide were selected for the awards.