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College track and field: Kristoffer Thomsen, Kelby Anderson highlight Bison performance at Stanford

Anderson led the Bison women's squad with a personal-best run in the 5,000 meters.

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STANFORD, Calif. — Kristoffer Thomsen and Kelby Anderson each had standout performances for the North Dakota State track and field teams on Friday to open competition at the Stanford Invitational.

Thomsen paced the Bison men's team with a first-place finish in the discus. He recorded a winning mark of 171 feet, 5 inches, the second-best mark of his career. Teammate Trevor Otterdahl placed second at 165-10.

Payton Smith ran a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 6.14 seconds in the steeplechase.

Anderson led the Bison women's squad with a personal-best run in the 5,000 meters. Anderson clocked a time of 16:06.01, trimming more than five seconds off her previous best. The time moved her to No. 3 in NDSU history in the event.

Kari Wolfe took second place in the javelin for the Bison, throwing 168-3. Amy Phillips was third in the hammer throw with a mark of 216-5. Kaleesa Houston clocked a personal-best 16:49.36 in the 5,000, ranking her eighth-fastest in NDSU outdoor history.

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The Bison will continue competition in Stanford on Saturday, as well as compete at the University of South Dakota Early Bird meet in Vermillion, S.D.

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