SMSU TRACK AND FIELD: Manteuffel wins discus to highlight final day of NSIC Championships for SMSU
DULUTH – Sophomore Rebecca Manteuffel became the first Southwest Minnesota State University female to win a conference title at the NCAA Division II level while several other SMSU athletes had top eight finishes as the Mustangs completed the final day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Malosky Stadium on Saturday.
Manteuffel, was earned All-NSIC honors on Friday with a school record toss in the shot put, set another school record and an NCAA auto mark of 52.96m to win the discus on Saturday. Her toss currently ranks sixth in Division II this season. Manteuffel is the first SMSU female to win an outdoor conference championship since Karen Evans won the 10,000 meters in 1984.
Both the SMSU women’s and men’s teams finished in 10th place overall in the two-day championship. UMary won the women’s 14-team championship title with 202.5 points while Minnesota State won the 11-team men’s championship with 219 points. The SMSU women’s team finished with 20 points while the men’s team captured 18 points.
On Saturday, Norah King helped the women’s team earn two points with a seventh place finish in the discus with a personal best toss of 45.21m.
For the SMSU men’s team on Saturday, Connor Wigand earned four teams points with a fifth place in the discus with a mark of 48.78m. Wigand set a school record on Friday with a fifth place in the shot put at 16.55m.
Isaiah Nelson set school record of 14.25m in the triple jump to place sixth overall and earn the team three more points.
Quadri Busari advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 100 meters and finished in eighth place with a time of 10.88 to pick up one team point.
A pair of SMSU men’s relays teams also earned top eight finishes and a trip to the podium. The 4×100 relay team of Kyle Felling, Gabe Galamue, Adarius Gallon and Busari ran 42.27 to earn three points while the 4×400 team of Galamue, Basari, Jake Evans and Felling also finished sixth with a time of 3:24.12.
Manteuffel will next compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on May 23-25 in Kingsville, Texas. She became the first SMSU female to compete at the NCAA Championships last season finishing 18th in the discus. She also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this season placing 17th in the weight throw.
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