Bison women's 1,600 relay earns second-team All-American status to cap season
EUGENE, Ore. – Moments after she completed the final race in her collegiate career, Antoinette Goodman gathered her thoughts on the artificial turf behind the west grandstand at Hayward Field.
The senior found one word to describe the season the North Dakota State women’s track team had just completed.
“Remarkable,” Goodman said.
Goodman ran the third leg of NDSU’s 1,600-meter relay team that placed 14th in the semifinals Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Bison crossed the finish line in 3 minutes, 35.36 seconds.
Senior Ashley Tingelstad, junior Paige Stratioti and freshman Morgan Milbrath joined Goodman on the 1,600 relay, which finished fourth in its heat to earn second-team All-American status.
“They just laid it out there if you watch the race,” NDSU head women’s track coach Ryun Godfrey said. “They gave it everything they had.”
NDSU needed to run a 3:33.12 to make the finals, a time the relay had bettered two weeks ago at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. The Bison ran a school record 3:32.85 at that meet.
Stratioti pointed out the 1,600 relay clocked a 3:41.09 at the preliminary rounds last season. Stratioti and Tingelstad were also on that team.
“Now we are upset about running 3:35,” Stratioti said. “We have to look at how far we’ve come as opposed to how far we slipped today. It shows the strides we have taken this year. We set a new standard at NDSU.”
This was the first NDSU relay to compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships. From the start of April through Thursday, the 1,600 relay broke the school record five times, and also clocked the six fastest times in school history. Thursday’s time was the fifth-fastest performance in program history.
“It’s really not that bad of a time, but we had high expectations,” Tingelstad said. “I’m so happy and I am proud of our team. We knew we had to run our best to advance. We gave it our all and that’s all you can really ask for.”
Milbrath, who was new to the team this season, was filled with emotion after the race ended. She was thankful for being able to complete her first college track season at Hayward Field.
“I haven’t really talked to any of the seniors yet,” Milbrath said soon after the relay ended. “I am kind of scared to; I think I am going to start crying. They are like my mothers.”
Godfrey said getting a relay team to the outdoor championships was a goal set earlier this season.
“It’s something that we talked about and the beginning of the year, but we didn’t know until we totally believed it, until it started happening,” Godfrey said. “It was pretty special to be here.”
Oregon senior Laura Roesler, a former Fargo South track star, continued her special college career Thursday. She helped the Ducks 1,600 relay team advance to Saturday’s finals in that event. Roesler ran anchor for the Ducks in the semifinals. She helped her team finish second in its heat.
Oregon ran a 3:31.15, which was the fifth-best time in the 1,600 relay semifinals.
“It wasn’t about doing anything amazing, it was about being top 2 (in the heat) and that’s what we did,” Roesler said.
Roesler is set to run in the 800 finals at 7:25 p.m. CST today. She is the favorite in that event and has a chance to win her first individual outdoor national championship. Roesler was the indoor 800 national champion earlier this year.
“I can’t get too caught up in one race,” Roesler said. “It’s not going to define me as an athlete. I’ve had a great year. (Friday) is going to be another big race and there’s going to be many more to come after that.”