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Schauer back in saddle again

In the annuals of heroic efforts at North Dakota State, it will be hard to top Nick Schauer's track legacy. It will probably be a story head coach Don Larson will tell forever.

In the annuals of heroic efforts at North Dakota State, it will be hard to top Nick Schauer's track legacy. It will probably be a story head coach Don Larson will tell forever.

Schauer, competing in the North Central Conference decathlon two years ago, tripped over a hurdle -- a wipeout of major proportions.

"Nasty," Larson said. "Real nasty."

Schauer said he heard something "pop" in his knee. He knew the problem.

"I knew it was gone," he said.

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Yet, he got up and finished the race. He wasn't through. He also finished the pole vault, discuss, javelin and 1,500-meter run. All, as it turned out, on a torn ACL.

"We needed the team points," Schauer said.

Last week, the senior from Wishek, N.D., gave NDSU some more much-needed team points with his third-place finish in the decathlon. The Bison will need every source this weekend in the NCC Outdoor Championships in Sioux Falls

"The fact that he came back was amazing in itself," said NDSU sophomore Nate Schmidt, who won the decathlon. "He's a good role model. He practiced hard every day."

Schauer, who is already in graduate school in statistics, carried a 3.8 undergraduate GPA. He's one of the team leaders.

He excels in the research aspect of statistics. Give him a problem and he'll find the solution.

The problem this weekend, as usual, will probably be the University of South Dakota. The teams battle every year. The answer?

"Like we usually do," Schauer said. "Leave it all on the track. No excuses."

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The Bison appear balanced in most events. They return three champions: Chris Raabe in the 5,000, Schmidt in the 400 hurdles and the 1,600 relay team.

"We need to scratch the surface in just about every event," Larson said. "We have bodies in enough places to definitely get the job done."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546

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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