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Forum staff reports, Published June 11 2010

North Dakota State's Zander earns All-America honors

There are seven events that make up the women’s heptathlon in the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships. North Dakota State senior Heather Zander uncorked a personal best in five of them and that’s why she left the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on Thursday an All-American.

“I was just thinking, just hoping to make it in the top 15,” she said. “I really didn’t expect what I did this week. I’m super excited because I wasn’t expecting it but, yeah, incredible.”

Zander had personal records in the 200 and 800 meters, 100 hurdles, high jump and javelin and finished with 5,427 points. She finished ninth in the competition – three away from eighth place Cassie Merkley of Idaho State – but was recognized in the top eight of All-Americans by the NCAA because two entrants were from foreign countries.

NDSU junior Whitney Carlson did not finish, opting out before the 800 meters. She is scheduled to compete in the long jump on Saturday. Zander, meanwhile, finished her NDSU career in style.

“I think it was all in the heat of the competition, it was so motivational,” she said. “All the competition just got me pumped up.”