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Forum staff reports, Published May 16 2009

NDSU's Carlson has big day at Summit League track championships

CEDAR CITY, Utah – North Dakota State sophomore Whitney Carlson will not forget the second day of The Summit League Outdoor Championships anytime soon. She broke a school record in all three events that she competed in on Friday at Southern Utah University.

Carlson did it in dazzling fashion in the long jump when she went 21 feet, 1 inch to break the school mark by a whopping 8 ½ inches. She was in second place at the time and the school record came on her last leap of the day.

“Pretty clutch performance,” said NDSU head coach Ryun Godfrey.

The Bison have 76.5 points after seven events and lead South Dakota State by 21 points. The NDSU men are locked in a battle with Southern Utah holding a 63-59 edge after five events.

The day, however, belonged to Carlson, who broke her own NDSU record in the 100 hurdles at 13.71 seconds and, a short while later, nabbed the 100-meter record at 11.74 seconds.

“She broke the school record in the 100 hurdles a week ago so we knew she had a good shot and she was close in the 100,” Godfrey said. “To do it in the same day is extra special.”

The 100 and 110 hurdles were preliminary races; the finals are today. Carlson’s performance in the long jump eclipsed teammate Kristen Killoran, who had broke the school mark at 20-5.

NDSU also got a first place finish from Heather Zander in the heptathlon,

On the men’s side, Matt Bishoff won the decathlon and pole vault leading NDSU domination in both events.