Tom Mix, Published February 06 2013
North's Thompson signs with Bison men's track, while women get a trio of area standouts
On Wednesday, he continued that acceleration, signing a national letter of intent to run track at North Dakota State.
“I didn’t think I was ever going to go Division I,” Thompson said. “I just thought it would have been cool just to be on a college track and field team. I never would have guessed I’d be running at a Division I school.”
Thompson, who also plays basketball, runs the 100 and 200 meters along with several relays for the Spartans. He said he anticipates running sprints and relays for the Bison.
Last spring, Thompson won the North Dakota Class A state championship in the 100 meters, recording a time of 10.98 seconds. He finished second in the 200 and was a member of North’s state championship 800-meter relay team that turned in a time of 1:30.70.
Thompson missed his entire sophomore season while rehabilitating from a torn ACL suffered during basketball season.
Following his performance at the state meet, NDSU started to show interest in Thompson. The Bison men’s track and field team has 19 athletes from North Dakota on its roster.
“They are a really great track and field team,” Thompson said. “And the fact that it is a hometown team always makes it a lot better for me. I have always wanted to go there, so it has been one of those places in my mind.”
Three area track and field standouts sign with Bison women
The NDSU women’s track and field team got a key in-state signing on Wednesday when Minot’s standout sprinter Morgan Milbrath signed her national letter of intent.
The Bison also signed state champion triple jumper Christina Bruenjes of West Fargo and standout distance runner Taylor Janssen of Moorhead.
Milbrath, who already owns nine individual state championships, also received interest from Nebraska and the University of Minnesota. It came down to Nebraska or NDSU, said Bison head coach Ryun Godfrey.
The three-sport star for the Majettes won state titles in the 100, 200, and 400 meters and also won the 300-meter hurdles championship last spring. She was nationally ranked in the top 20 in the country in the 400 last year.
“She was getting exposure from across the country,” Godfrey said.
Bruenjes won three straight state triple-jump titles as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Her personal-best triple jump of 37 feet, 8 inches is the sixth-best ever by a North Dakota Class A girl.
“She’s a very accomplished athlete,” Godfrey said.
Janssen is a three-time Minnesota all-state performer in cross country and has run an 11 minute, 6.88 second 3200-meter run in track.
“I think she’ll contribute right away,” Godfrey said.
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