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College track: Bison men sweep shot put and Amanda Anderson wins third-straight discus title at Summit meet

NDSU's Kristoffer Thomsen won the shot put and Anderson defended her discus crown for a second time, winning by almost 15 feet at the Summit League Outdoor Championships on Friday.

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TULSA, Okla. — North Dakota State's men’s track and field team swept the top four places in the shot put and the women's team picked up a win and two runner-up finishes on the second day of the Summit League Outdoor Championships on Friday.

In the men's meet, Kristoffer Thomsen won the shot with a throw of 62-feet, 04.50 inches. Trevor Otterdahl was the runner-up at 60-10.75, and Clayton Hannula (59-08.25) and Levi Rockey (58-05.25) both threw personal-bests to finish third and fourth, respectively.

The Bison men finished 1-2 in the long jump, as Brandon Lewis defended his Summit League title with a jump of 24-feet, 05.75 inches. NDSU's Hunter Merkley was runner-up at 23-10.25.

Eric VanErp scored a personal-best 6,658 points in the decathlon, taking second place.

Sophomore Payton Smith was the Summit League runner-up in the 3000 meter steeplechase, finishing in 9:10.94.

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In the women's meet, NDSU's Amanda Anderson claimed her third straight Summit League title in the discus, throwing 175-4 to win by almost 15 feet.

Nell Graham took second in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 4,972 points. Daejha Moss had a runner-up finish in the high jump, clearing 5-09.25 for a new outdoor personal-best that tied for fourth in NDSU outdoor history.

The men's and women's championships continue Saturday, May 14.

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