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Forum staff reports, Published February 25 2013

Bison women finish first at Summit track championships

VERMILLION, S.D. – Make that six straight Summit League Indoor Track and Field titles for the North Dakota State women.

The Bison dominated from the start to outdistance the field at the University of South Dakota’s DakotaDome. The Bison men, on the other hand, came up just short in their bid for a fifth championship.

The host Coyotes men scored 190 points to NDSU’s 176.50.

The women’s race wasn’t that close thanks to performances from senior Faith Kruchowski, who won the mile and 800-meter runs and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team. The Bison totaled 186 points to second place Nebraska-Omaha’s 118. The Bison have won the Summit indoor title every year they’ve been in the league.

“Before the meet started, we talked how this is an individual sport but also a team sport,” said Bison head coach Ryun Godfrey. “I gave the girls an opportunity to pick the event they wanted to do and just do that for individual glory. They said no, we don’t want to do that. Put us in as many events as you need to.”

Kruchowski finished third and second in her previous two Summit indoor 800 runs. She finally broke through and led NDSU in points scored in the meet.

“She hurt her calf pretty bad after the 800 and I said I may have to take Faith out of the relay,” Godfrey said. “The others said she won’t let you so I didn’t even bring it up as an option.”

NDSU also got first-place efforts on Monday from senior Deborah John in the 60-meter hurdles, junior Antoinette Goodman in the 200 and Ashley Tinglestad in the 400. Goodman’s time of 23.98 seconds should put her in the conversation for a top 25 ranking in the country, Godfrey said. She broke the school record of 24.30 held by former Olympian Tamara Brudy set in 1999.

“That was an exceptional performance,” he said.

It was the first Summit indoor title for Tinglestad, a junior from East Grand Forks, Minn.

“She’s dealt with some injuries and for her to come out and win the 400 was impressive and she also ran a personal-best in the 200,” said Godfrey, who noted Tinglestad’s 200 time ranks her third all-time at NDSU.

Tinglestad was part of a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 that included senior Brittany Page and sophomore Melissa Kitching. Tinglestad, Page and sophomore Paige Stratioti were the other three members of the winning relay team.

The USD men had the meet barely wrapped up before the final event, the 1,600 relay. The Coyote men won it anyway in a return of an old Division II North Central Conference track and field duel with NDSU. The Bison crept to within 11.5 points before the final event, with 10 points being awarded for any first place.

The distance was just 7.5 points, but USD finished 3-5-7-8 for 13 team points in the 5,000-meter run, the next-to-last event.

The Bison got first-place finishes from Matt Tetzlaff in the 60 hurdles, his second Summit crown in the event, and junior Moses Heppner in the 800. It was Heppner’s first indoor league title after finishing second as a freshman.