FARGO - Akealy Moton still has a hard time grasping of where she's at.
"Five years ago if you would have told me I would be an All-American in track I wouldn't believe you." Moton said. "I'd swear I probably thought I be on the basketball court somewhere or just graduating."
Moton holds the North Dakota State school record in the shot put and ranks third all-time in the javelin. Those are terrific accolades, perhaps made even more impressive since she started her collegiate career at UND. Playing basketball.
"I have no regrets playing basketball, I will always have a passion for it, always will. Doing basketball first that maybe there (UND) wasn't right for me, but it put me in the best position where I'm at now."
She decided to transfer to NDSU in the summer of 2018 and had to break the news to her parents that her basketball days were done.
"It was definitely hard being that both of my parents played college basketball, that's been my love for sports, and it was more hard that I knew when I brought it up, going to let it go."
Moton was a multiple time state champion at West Fargo High School. But her track career did not start out all that smoothly.
"I hit myself in the back of the head multiple times. But after that I got used to the motion and how to do it, I liked it a lot."
Moton took fifth in the shot put in the 2019 NCAA Track Championships, earning All-American status as a freshman. She took 20th in the javelin in her debut. Now she returns to the event at the home of the track, Eugene, Oregon.
"Just go out there and execute. My comfort level was better than my first time going in, since I was new. But I feel like I'm more confident than I was two years ago."
Moton will throw in the javelin at 6:45 Thursday followed by the shot put at 7:40.