The Augustana women’s indoor track & field team looks to improve on its 21st-place finish at Nationals last season and its third-place NSIC finish. The Vikings have added eight newcomers to their roster and are led by five seniors. Of the seniors, Augustana returns one of its most prolific track and field athletes ever in Olivia Montez-Brown. Brown won the Indoor National Championship in the pentathlon last season, broke the school record for points in the pentathlon and became the sixth women’s individual champion in Augustana history. Brown was the lone representative for the Vikings at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
Olivia Montez Brown (Multis, Sr., Cheshire, England / West Cheshire HS)
- Won the Indoor National Championship in the Pentathlon with a school record 3,915 points last season
- Earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the pentathlon
- She was named First Team All-American and NSIC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year
- Has won three NSIC pentathlon championships (2016, 2017 & 2019)
- Red-shirted in 2017-18 Indoor Season
- Was 2016 NSIC Newcomer of the Year
Callie DeWitt (60m, Jr., Brandon, S.D. / O’Gorman HS)
- Earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in the 60m
- Was named NSIC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for her first place finish in the 60m (7.62) at the SDSU Last Chance on Feb. 15
- Ran a season best 60m (7.59) while finishing in second at the NSIC Indoor Championships
Bemidji State track and field looks to climb the ranks of the NSIC after taking 11th with 21 points at the 2018-19 NSIC Indoor Championship. Head Coach Kevin Kean, in his fifth season at the helm, has helped the Beavers rewrite the program’s record book after setting 10 records a season ago. Leading the squad on the track in 2019-20 is BSU Track Athlete to Watch and senior sprinter Jada Barker, who took 15 top-five finishes and was part of the program record-breaking 4x400m relay team a season ago. BSU’s Field Athlete to Watch and sophomore thrower Zoe Christensen took sixth in the shot put at the NSIC Indoor Championships last season and holds two of the program’s top five marks ever in the weight throw. Junior sprinter Venice Stewart advanced to the 2018-19 NCAA DII Indoor Championship in the 200m dash, taking 17th with a time of 24.84. Stewart set program records in the 60m dash, 200m dash (200m and 300m tracks) and 300m dash while also running as the anchor for the record-setting 4x400m relay team.
Jada Barker (Sprints, Sr., Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Corpus Christi College)
- Fifteen top-10 finishes last season
- Part of BSU’s record-setting 4x400m relay team
- Holds three of BSU’s top-10 best times ever in the 200m dash
Zoe Christensen (Shot Put/Weight Throw, So., Glencoe, Minn. / Glencoe-Silver Lake HS)
- Nine top-10 finishes last season and three event wins last season
- All-Conference in the shot put with a sixth-place finish
- Holds fourth and fifth best marks all-time at BSU in the weight throw
The Concordia-St. Paul women’s track and field team is set to open up their indoor season with the Holiday Invitational and Multi hosted by South Dakota State University on December 6th and 7th. Last season, the women placed 13th at the NSIC Indoor Championship upon collecting 15 points. The Golden Bears had two athletes with All-NSIC honors at the end of the 2018-19 indoor season. Junior Toni Canfall was All-NSIC in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.71 seconds earning her a third place finish. Sophomore Arika Robinson placed third in high jump with a jump of 5 feet and 4.25 inches to make the All-NSIC team. The squad will also welcome back senior Hannah Gustafson who had 27 top ten finishes last season as a well-rounded thrower. She finished in 18th at the indoor championships. Concordia will welcome six newcomers to the squad in sprints, mid/long distance, and pole vault.
Toni Confall (Jr., Sprints, St. Petersburg, Fla. / Boca Ciega HS)
- Was named to the NSIC All-Conference team
- Holds the CSP school record in the 100m (11.84) and 200m (24.62)
- Finished the year with 23 top-five performances, including 11 first place finishes
- Opened the Indoor season with a pair of top-five, taking third in the 200m (23.36) and first in the 60m (7.71) at the Minnesota Open (1/12)
- Scored at the NSIC Indoor Championship with her personal best and a school record with a third-place finish in the 60m (7.60)
- Compiled another PR at the Lady Bear Twilight (4/19) with a 24.52 time in the 200m
- Scored in two events at the NSIC Outdoor Championships (5/10), taking second and setting a school record in the 100m and helping the 4x100m relay team to a ninth-place performance.
Hannah Gustafson (Sr. Throws, West St. Paul, Minn. – South St. Paul HS)
- Was named to the NSIC All-Academic spring team
- Had 27 top-ten finishes in the 2018-19 season
- Started the season with a personal best of 16.43m in the weight throw at the Minnesota Open (1/12), placing third
- Recorded a PR in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.93m and placing in eighth place at the Minnesota Women’s Twilight (4/24)
- Threw a personal best in the shot put at the 2019 Outdoor Championships and finished eighth with a distance of 13.70m
Ranked 15th in the 2019-20 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II preseason track & field rating index, the University of Mary is once again the preseason choice to win the Northern Sun championship. The Marauders are the two-time defending conference champion and have won eight of the last 13 NSIC titles. All-American’s Ida Narbuvoll and D’Andra Morris will headline the Marauders efforts this spring. A four-time NCAA All-American in cross country, Narbuvoll was the NSIC runner-up in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs at the 2019 indoor meet. She then won the 5K and 10K runs at last spring’s NSIC outdoor championships. The senior is coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA cross country championships. Morris is a four-time NSIC champion, winning the indoor and outdoor triple jump championships as a freshman in 2018 and the high jump at both championship meets last season. The junior also earned All-American honors at the 2019 NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. UMary also returns impressive depth. Courtney Dembrowski is the defending NSIC titleholder in the 600 and ran on the runner-up Distance Medley Relay team. All-American Bree Erickson is the defending mile champion and placed fourth in the 1,000. Cali Modglin earned All-NSIC honors after finishing 3rd in the long jump and also placed fourth in the triple jump. Other returning Marauders who scored points at the 2019 NSIC championships include Starlynn Costa (3K), All-American Kate Fox (DMR) and Tereza Bolibruch (60 meter hurdles).
Ida Narbuvoll (Sr., distance, Narbuvoll, Norway / Røros Videregående Skole / Edinboro University)
- 2019 NSIC indoor runner-up in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs
- 2nd team All-American after placing 9th at the 2019 NCAA indoor championships
- 4-time NCAA Cross country All-American who finished 4th in nation at 2019 championships
- Was the 2019 NSIC outdoor champion in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs
- 2nd team All-American after placing 10th in the 10K run at the 2019 outdoor championships
D’Andra Morris (Jumps, Jr., Kingston, Jamaica / Camperdown)
- 2019 NSIC indoor champion in the high jump, placed 3rd in the triple jump and 6th in the long jump
- 2019 All-American after placing 7th in the triple jump at the indoor championships
- 2019 NSIC outdoor champion in the high jump, placed second in the triple jump and 6th in the long jump
- 2019 All-American in the triple jump after placing 8th at the NCAA outdoor championships
- 2018 NSIC indoor triple jump champion as a freshman, placed fourth in the high jump
- 2018 NSIC outdoor triple jump champion and NCAA competitor
UMD placed fifth at last year’s NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships and with nearly a dozen letterwinners at her disposal, second-year head coach Laura Harmon has no reason to expect similar (or even better) results in 2019. Among the holdovers is sophomore and 2019 USTFCCCA All-Central Region Division II honoree Haleigh Reindl, who placed second in the 800-meter event at last year’s conference indoors before going on to compete in the NCAA II Indoor Track and Field Championships. Among UMD’s other returning point getters from the 2019 NSIC indoors are junior Isabelle Brezinka in the 600-meter run (third place in the 600-meter run), junior Lindsay Maruska (sixth place in the triple jump), sophomore Mason Kalander (seventh place in the 800-mter run) and sophomore Morgan Radel (eighth place in the 5,000-meter run). In addition, Brezinka, sophomore Sierra Arrando and senior Elizabeth Kyes were part of a distance medley relay team that took third while Arrando and Reindl helped lead the 4 x 400 relay unit to a fifth-place finish. Also back are a pair of proven distance runners in senior Melissa Drenckhahn and sophomore McKenzie Hall Both Reindl and Brezinka were accorded All-NSIC honors.
Haleigh Reindl (800, So., Waterford, Wis. / Waterford Union HS)
- Enjoyed a rewarding rookie indoor track and field with the Bulldogs one year ago
- Took runner up honors in the 800-meter run at the 2019 NSIC indoors and was part of a 4 x 400 relay team that took fifth
- Attained both All-USTFCCCA Central Region and All-NSIC honors
- Competed in the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, placing 13th in the 800-meter event
Lindsay Maruska (TJ, Jr., Big Lake, Minn. / Big Lake HS)
- Finished sixth in the triple jump at the 2019 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships
- Is serving as a team captain with the 2019-20 Bulldogs
- Was a 2018 NSIC All-Academic Team honoree
With several seasoned veterans dotting the roster, Minnesota State looks to vie for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Track & Field championship this winter after finished second in 2019. Senior Liz Brunner is the returning league champion in the indoor and outdoor triple jump and brings national championship meet experience to the table. Sophomore Autumn Anderson was second at last year's NSIC championship in the 600m. Juniors Khenadi Jones and Grace Hartman were first and second in the 60m at last year's conference championship and Hartman was also second in the 200m. Sophomore Katie Taylor, who was injured last year, enters the year as one of the top throwers in the nation.
Grace Hartman (Sprints, Jr., Rudolph, Wis. / Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln HS)
- 2019 NSIC Outdoor TF 100m champion (11.74)
- Finished 2nd in NCA outdoors in 200m (24.34)
- Finished 14th in 200m prelims at 2019 NCAA DII Indoor TF Championships (24.52)
Liz Brunner (Triple Jump, Sr., West Allis, Wis. / West Allis Nathan Hale HS)
- 2019 NCAA DII OTF national championship qualifier in the triple jump (DNP)
- 2019 NSIC Outdoor TF triple jump champion (12.33m)
- Finished tenth in triple jump at 2019 NCAA DII Indoor Championship (12.23m)
- 2019 NSIC Indoor TF triple jump champion (12.33m)
Junior Anna St. Catherine earned All-NSIC honors in the pole vault outdoors. Senior Kathrn Sistrunk was All-NSIC in the 5,000 meters indoors in 2019. Freshman LaKyla Yazzie is expected to be a contributor in the distance after a standout prep career in New Mexico. Senior Summer Storm had a pair of good finishes in the multis at the NSIC Indoor and Outdoor Championhips.
LaKyla Yazzie (Distance, Fr., Fruitland, N.M. / Kirtland Central HS)
- Runner-up in 800m and 1600m at 2019 New Mexico Track and Field State Championships
- Owns School Records for Kirtland Central High School at 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and Medley Relay
Anna St. Catherine (PV, Jr., Maple Grove, Minn. / Maple Grove HS)
- Earned All-NSIC honors outdoors (5/11/19) with a third-place finish in the pole vault with a vault of 11-0.25
- Had outdoor best of 11.5.75 in Masanz Classic to finish second
- Finished fifth at NSIC Indoor Championships (2/23/19) in pole vault at 10-8
Minot State will look to continue an excellent year in running events as several members of a record-setting cross-country team will be competing on the track as well. The Beavers also return a few contributors in the field events including 2018-19 All-NSIC thrower Taylor Laumeyer. The Beavers will start their season on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Marauders Holiday Festival hosted by UMary.
Ashley Franco (Distance, So., Long Beach, Calif. / Robert A. Millikan HS)
- Senior distance runner from Long Beach, Calif.
- Contributing member of Minot State’s best women’s cross-country team in program history during the 2019 season.
- Posted season-best times of 5:05.90 in the 1500, 5:38.52 in the mile, and 19:15.91 in the 5000-meter run.
Taylor Laumeyer (Throws, So., Nashua, Mont. / Nashua HS)
- Had a historic season as a true freshman as she was Minot State’s first female athlete to capture an NSIC Outdoor Championship
- Also set Minot State’s record in the shot put with a season-best throw of 12.55m
Northern State opens the 2019-20 season under the direction of first year head coach Lynne Dingman. Despite being in her first season at the helm, Dingman worked with a large portion of the Wolves roster as an assistant coach from 2012-18. Northern is coming off a ninth place finish at the NSIC Indoor Championships a season ago. Kealy Hill tallied the only all-conference performance for the Wolves from the NSIC Championships, taking second in the pole vault. NSU returns 24 student-athletes from the 2018-19 roster, while welcoming eight for the upcoming season. Hill garnered Northern State field athlete to watch honors, alongside runner to watch Shanice Burrell. Northern State officially opens the indoor season at the NDSU Dakota Classic on Saturday, December 7.
Kealy Hill (Pole Vault, So., Gillette, Wyo. / Thunder Basin HS)
- Earned NSIC All-Conference honors taking second in the pole vault in 2018-19
- Broke the Northern State indoor pole vault record, clearing 3.58m (11-09.00)
- Recorded four top-10 finishes during the indoor season
Shanice Burrell (Hurdles, Jr., Buff Bay, Jamaica / Buff Bay HS)
- Recorded indoor personal bests of 8.07 in the 60m and 26.78 in the 200m in 2018-19
- Tallied 13 top-10 finishes throughout the indoor season
- Finished eighth in the 60m hurdles from the NSIC Indoor Championships
With a team that will have strong depth and the return of both Taryn Ceglowski and Emma Hertz, the USF Women's Track and Field Team will also look to make a move up the league standings. A year ago, USF finished a program-best sixth place at the NSIC Indoor Championships. USF, which had 43.50 points, had two student-athletes earn All-NSIC honors. USF Women’s Indoor Track Athlete to Watch Taryn Ceglowski earned All-NSIC recognition by finishing third in both the mile run and the 1,000-meter run. Sophomore Chloe Peterson was second in the long jump. USF Women’s Indoor Field Athlete to Watch Emma Hertz qualified for nationals in the shot put, where she usurped her own school record with a throw of 15.17 meters for second-team All-American honors.
Taryn Ceglowski (Mid-Distance, Jr., Salida, Colo. / Salida HS)
- Garnered two All-NSIC honors at the NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships by placing third in the 1k with a time of 2:57.68 and third in the mile with a time of 4:59.47
- Has four All-NSIC Indoor Track honors and two all-region honors
- Was named all-region in the mile run (4:57.74, SDSU Indoor Classic and helped lead the USF Women's Track Team to a program-best sixth place finish at the NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2019
- Two-time Track Athlete to Watch who was the NSIC Newcomer of the Year in 2018 as a freshman standout.
- Three times she has earned an NSIC Athlete of the Week honor in cross country or track
Emma Hertz (Throws, Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D. / O’Gorman HS)
- Returning second team Indoor All-American in the shot put
- Has 22 top-three finishes and 12 titles while finishing second nine more times in either the shot put or discus indoors and outdoors
- Earned All-NSIC honors in the discus indoors a year ago
- Broke three school records in the shot put and discus a year ago
- Qualified for both indoor (shot put) and outdoor nationals (shot put and discus)
SMSU begins a new era in 2020 as Kirk Nauman takes over as the third head coach in the program’s seven-year Division II era. The Mustangs finished in 10th place at last season’s NSIC Indoor Championships, a four spot improvement from the 2018 championships. Junior Rebecca Manteuffel is one of the team’s top returners after placing second in the weight throw at last year’s NSIC Championships to earn All-NSIC honors. She also finished fifth in the shot put at the NSIC Championships. Manteuffel also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the weight throw, finishing 17th overall. She was a 2019 outdoor All-American in the discus last spring. Senior Kayla Jansky and junior Emily Gillingham both return and have solid experience competing in both cross country and track, while sophomore sprints/jumps Ashlyn Jones had a strong first season in 2019 and could score points at the conference meet in February.
Isatu Shirek (Hurdles/Jumps, Fr., Thompson, N.D. / Thompson HS)
- True freshman for SMSU
- State place winner more than 20 times during her five-year career
- State champion as a senior in both the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles
Rebecca Manteuffel (Throws, Jr., Cologne, Minn. / Mayer Lutheran HS)
- 2019 USTFCCCA All-Region honoree in the weight throw
- All-NSIC honoree with a second place finish in the weight throw at the 2019 NSIC Championship with a mark of 17.94m
- NCAA Indoor National Qualifier in the weight throw
- Placed 17th at the NCAA Division II Championship with a mark of 16.34m in the weight throw
- Placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 13.81m at the NSIC Championship
- 2019 NCAA Outdoor All-American in the discus
St. Cloud State looks to improve upon its eighth place finish at the 2018-19 NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Fortunately for the Huskies, they have just to core to do that, as 2x All-NSIC honoree Faith Lubner (Reedsville, Wis. / Reedsville) returns for her junior season after earning All-Conference honors in pentathlon one season ago. Also returning are star sprinters Emilia Burris (Wooddale, Ill. / Fenton) and Emma Baynes (Mankato, Minn. / Mankato East) and senior distance runner Chrissy Lofgren (Stewartville, Minn. / Stewartville), who is fresh off a career season in cross country.
Emelia Burris (Sprints/LJ, Jr., Wood Dale, Ill. / Fenton HS)
- Finished fifth in both the 60m dash and long jump at the NSIC Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2018-19
- One of the top sprinters for St. Cloud State in both 2017-18 and 2018-19
- Qualified for the NISC Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 60m dash, 200mdash and long jump competition as both a freshman and sophomore
Faith Lubner (Pent/LJ, Jr., Reedsville, Wis. / Reedsville HS)
- Earned All-NSIC honors with a third place finish in pentathlon in 2018-19; scored a personal best 3245 points in the events
- Added a sixth place finish in 60m hurdles and seventh place finish in long jump
- Huskies top returning multi-event competitor
- Earned All-NSIC honors with a third place finish in the heptathlon during the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Upper Iowa is prepped for the 2019-20 indoor season, which will consist of five regular season meets and conclude with the NSIC Indoor Championships at the end of February and the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in mid-March. The Peacocks will compete at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Dec. 7 and Feb. 8, Wartburg College on Jan. 17 and Feb. 22 and Cornell College on Jan. 25. Last season, UIU took another huge step forward as they tied for ninth with 24 points thanks All-NSIC honors in four events at the 2019 Northern Sun Conference Indoor Championships in Mankato, Minn. Brinn Grunder won the conference title in the weight throw, with a record throw of 18.72 meters, or 61’5”, to score 10 points for the Peacocks. Grunder placed second in the shot put with another UIU record throw of 14.37 meters, or 47'1", to earn 8 more points for the team. Cassiddy Wilson claimed fourth place in the 600 meter run to push 5 points into the Peacock's pile. Wilson broke her own record again with a time of 1:37.18. The 4x400 meter relay team scored the final point for Upper Iowa with an 8th place finish. Breyanna Hill, Erica Kelly, Makenzie Soeken and Wilson teamed up to run their season-best time of 4:01.99 to earn All-NSIC honors. Grunder earned a pair of All-NSIC awards thanks to her efforts in the weight throw and shot put and Wilson claimed two All-NSIC honors after the 600 meter and 4x400 meter outcomes. Grunder went on to compete at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and placed 16th nationally in the weight throw with a mark of 17.52 meters.
Brinn Grunder (Throws, Sr., Durant, Iowa, Durant HS)
- Won the NSIC Title in the Weight Throw with a mark of 18.72 meters
- Qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships – placed 16th
- Earned runner-up position in the Shot Put with a mark of 14.37 meters
- Scored 18 points for UIU at the NSIC Championships
Cassiddy Wilson (Sprints/Mid-Distance, Jr., Delhi, Iowa, Maquoketa Valley HS)
- Claimed fourth place in the 600 meter run to push 5 points at the NSIC Championships and broke her own record again with a time of 1:37.18
- Member of the 4x400 meter relay team that scored the final point for Upper Iowa with an 8th place finish
Wayne State returns two national qualifiers and three All-NSIC performers from last year’s team that improved two spots and finished seventh at the NSIC Indoor Championships. The Wildcats will be strong again in the throws with sophomore Mckenzie Scheil and junior Jadin Wagner leading a talented group that had three athletes earn medals at last year’s NSIC Championships – Scheil second in the weight throw and Wagner third in shot put – and both were national qualifiers. Sophomore Brooklyn Chipps placed in two events (6th weight throw and 8th shot put) while senior Tia Jones is back after placing 7th in the shot put. Sophomore Mikayla Marvin is the reigning champion in the pole vault after breaking the school record five times last season and sophomore sprinter Jordyn Pester leads Wildcat runners after finishing fourth last year in the 400-meter dash. Wayne State opens the season on Friday, December 6th at the South Dakota State Preseason Open in Brookings, South Dakota.
Jordyn Pester (Sprints, So. Charter Oak, Iowa / MVAOCOU HS)
- Finished fourth in 400-meter dash (56.59) as a freshman
- Ran anchor leg on seventh place 4 x 400 relay team
- Won 400-meter dash at Minnesota State Open (1/26/19)
Mikayla Marvin (Pole Vault, So. O’Neill, Neb. / O’Neill HS)
- Defending NSIC indoor pole vault champion (11/ 7 ¾”)
- Broke school record five times last year
- Won pole vault at four different meets
Winona State returns a balanced roster of veterans and experienced youth that placed fourth at last year’s NSIC Championships while earning five individual and one relay team All-Conference finish. Shereen Vallabouy leads a young talented group of sprinters that also features fellow sophomore Brooklyn Schyvinck. Both were members of the Warriors’ First Team All-America 4x400m relay team that set a school record last season (3:43.78). Vallabouy was the runner-up in the 400m at the NSIC Indoor Championships, followed by Schyvinck in third place for All-Conference finishes in their freshman campaigns. Coming off a successful cross country season, seniors Olivia Anger and Anna Rogahn, along with freshman Nikki Kelley, lead a strong group of distance runners. Rogahn set three school records during the indoor season last year (mile, 3000m and DMR) while finishing second in the mile at the NSIC Championships. Kristi Springer has been the NSIC runner-up in the triple jump in each of her first two seasons, and placed second in long jump last year at the NSIC Championships. Junior Kalley Harris was a member of two record-breaking relay teams last season and also returns in the hurdles.
Shereen Vallabouy (Sprints, So., Ipoh, Malaysia)
- Indoor 400m All-Conference (runner-up)
- Member of WSU’s First Team All-America indoor 4x400m relay team
- Second Team All-America 400m (55.22 seconds)
Kristi Springer (Jumps, Jr., Altoona, Wis. / Altoona HS)
- Indoor All-Conference triple jump in 2018 & 2019 (runner-up)
- Qualified for Nationals & set WSU record in triple jump (12.08m) in 2019
- 2019 All-Conference long jump (runner-up)