Bison Sweep Weight Throw at Thundering Herd Classic
Release: February 01, 2013
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State senior Casey Orgon led a Bison sweep of the top three places in the weight throw at the Thundering Herd Classic on Friday evening, posting his second-best throw of the season to take first place. Orgon threw 61-05.00 (18.72m) on his first attempt, and no other competitor was able to match him.
It was the fourth weight throw title in five attempts for Orgon this season. Entering this weekend, the school record holder from Bemidji, Minn., was ranked No. 25 in the nation in the event.
Junior Trevor Berner and senior Blake Elsen placed second and third, respectively. Berner became the fourth man in NDSU history to break the 60-foot barrier in the weight throw, posting a personal-best mark of 60-01.00 (18.31m). Elsen took third place with a toss of 57-07.75 (17.57m), just shy of his season-best.
Redshirt freshman Brandt Berguis recorded a personal-best throw of 53-09.75 (16.40m) for sixth place.
Junior Andy Lillejord leads the heptathlon with 3,007 points through the first four events. Lillejord had 2,996 points after the first day of his personal-best heptathlon at the 2012 Summit League Indoor Championships.
Lillejord matched the second-fastest time of his career in the 60m dash to open the day, crossing the line in 6.98 seconds. He followed up with a season-best jump of 23-02.00 (7.06m) in the long jump.
NDSU heptathlon record holder Ted Rud, competing for Team Nodak, is currently in second place with 2,795 points. Bison redshirt freshman Kellen Plutowski is third with 2,551 points, and senior Ryan Jenson is in fourth.
The Thundering Herd Classic will resume with the heptathlon 60m hurdles at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow inside the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track & Field Facility. Running events and field events are slated to begin at noon.