COLLEGE STATION, Texas — North Dakota State's 1,600-meter relay team finished 23rd on Saturday to cap the Bison men's competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. On the women's side, freshman Michaela Hawkins paced NDSU with a 21st-place finish in the discus.

The relay squad of Darrien Lipscomb, Jacob Rodin, Cody Roder and Adrian Harris finished in 3 minutes, 11.06 seconds. This was the first time in the history of the NCAA Prelims format (since 2010) that the Bison qualified to run in the meet, per a release from Bison Athletics.

Hawkins tallied a throw of 172 feet, 2 inches in the discus. Amanda Anderson was 27th in the event with a mark of 165-10 and Maddy Nilles was 35th at 160-6.

In all, the Bison women earned five berths to the NCAA Outdoor Championships slated to run June 9-12 at Oregon. Akealy Moton qualified in the javelin and shot put, and she's joined by Nilles in the hammer throw, Kari Wolfe in the javelin and Shelby Gunnells in the shot put.

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