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Sophomore Ashley Heinze (Moorhead, Minn.) used a strong 800m to close out a victory in the pentathlon at the Thundering Herd Classic on Friday.
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Heinze Wins Thundering Herd Pentathlon Title

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: February 01, 2013

FARGO, N.D. - Sophomore Ashley Heinze scored a personal-best 3,349 points to win the pentathlon title and lead the North Dakota State women's track & field team to a sweep of the top three places in the pentathlon on Friday evening at the Thundering Herd Classic.

Heinze stood in third place prior to the 800m - the pentathlon's final event - but she outran the field to a time of 2:25.42 and claimed the pentathlon title. Teammates Emily Stalpes and Twila Moser finished second and third with 3,249 and 3,178 points, respectively.

Heinze recorded indoor personal bests in the high jump and long jump on her way to the victory. Stalpes used a personal-best effort of 17-05.25 (5.31m) in the long jump to total her highest pentathlon score since her freshman season in 2010.

Moser set an indoor personal best in the shot put with her throw of 31-11.25 (9.73m) to top the rest of the pentathlon field.

Emily Lesser, an NDSU junior competing unattached this indoor season, won the women's weight throw with a toss of 59-04.25 (18.09m). That mark was a personal-best effort for Lesser and would rank No. 3 all-time at NDSU had she not been competing unattached.

Senior Katie Johnson took third in the weight throw with a personal-best throw of 54-01.25 (16.49m) that falls just outside the NDSU all-time top 10 in the event. Katelyn Weimerskirch and Alexis Gerry, a pair of unattached Bison freshmen, registered personal-best marks in the weight throw as well.

Women's events at the Thundering Herd Classic will resume at noon tomorrow inside the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track & Field Facility. Live results are available on GoBison.com.

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