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Hermanson carries NDSU's Division I transition flag

If North Dakota State needed somebody to carry a flag in some sort of opening ceremony, there's little doubt Laura Hermanson would be the choice. She cemented her status as the poster child of the Division I transition by nearly winning a nationa...

If North Dakota State needed somebody to carry a flag in some sort of opening ceremony, there's little doubt Laura Hermanson would be the choice. She cemented her status as the poster child of the Division I transition by nearly winning a national title on Saturday.

The Bison senior finished second in the 800-meter run in the Division I Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. In less than a year, she's reached the final day of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and finished higher in a Division I championship speed race than most Bison followers ever thought possible - especially in the first year of eligibility.

"You hear people cheering for the smaller school and a school that not everybody hears about," Hermanson said. "You hear people go, 'Way to go NDSU.'"

Hermanson set her second school record in three days with a 2:01.37, nearly two seconds of her time in Thursday's preliminaries. The differential left Bison head coach Ryun Godfrey nearly speechless.

"I'm still in shock about it," Godfrey said, about four hours after the race. "I didn't think she would ever run this fast."

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Gena Gall of the University of Michigan won the event in 2:00.80 at the University of Arkansas's McDonnell Field. Hermanson ran the first 400 meters in 59 seconds, was at 1:30 at 600, but ripped off the last 200 in about 31 seconds, something Godfrey said she's never done.

"She gave everything she had," he said.

For more on this story, see Sunday's Forum.

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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