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Forum staff reports, Published May 15 2010

NDSU sweeps Summit track and field titles

North Dakota State is teetering with a Summit League track and field mini-dynasty. The Bison women won their sixth straight title – three in indoors – and the latest in the conference outdoor championships on Saturday. The Bison men reclaimed their outdoor crown in what head coach Don Larson called “an unbelievable performance.”

Women’s head coach Ryun Godfrey had similar words for his team, which totaled 260 to outdistance second place Southern Utah by 67.5 points.

“Today was a pretty special day,” Godfrey said. “We pretty much got on fire and kept rolling. We said last night to not pay attention to team points, but to compete to the last event. It was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever had.”

Standout sprinter Whitney Carlson totaled 30 points herself, but there were spots of brilliance all over the place.

The Bison men overcame the loss of standout Ted Rud, who severely injured his ankle Thursday in the heptathlon to total 189 points, 53 better than Southern Utah. That was a lot of potential team points that went out the window. But the rest of the team found other means.

“It was a rollercoaster at first when the kids realized one of their blue chippers was done,” Larson said. “I give the kids all the credit in the world.”