Bison duo tearing up the track
Antoinette Goodman had swelling near her right eye that sent her to the hospital for hours, but the North Dakota State track star wasn’t alone.
Ashley Tingelstad, her friend and teammate, was by her side.
“She stuck with me the whole six hours we were there in the waiting room,” Goodman said. “She never left, and she came back and visited every day.”
That medical visit was two years ago and caused Goodman to miss the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which were in Fargo that spring.
“Her eye was like getting bigger every second,” said Tingelstad, who took Goodman to the hospital. “I was a little freaked out. We thought that she was going to lose her sight and all this stuff because we’re dramatic and we think the worst of everything.”
While the infection near the eye kept Goodman in the hospital for a week, she made a full recovery.
“When I look back at it now, it’s just funny because I was so hideous with it,” Goodman said with a smile.
The dedicated friends are now fifth-year seniors, entering the final stretch of their decorated college careers. Goodman and Tingelstad have each won seven Summit League Outdoor titles (including relays) as they headed in last week’s conference meet.
“I couldn’t have dreamt that they would be this good five years later,” said Bison head coach Ryun Godfrey. “It’s been awesome to watch, and this year has been the icing on the cake.”
The two have been roommates since they were sophomores. They take many of the same classes. The have spent hours and hours together training for track.
“We’re with each other, 24/7, basically,” said Tingelstad. “It is fun to grow up with somebody who is a good friend. What she has done is amazing. I don’t think anyone is going to be able to touch what she has done here.”
Goodman holds NDSU’s outdoor records in the 100 (11.36 seconds) and 200 meters (23.40). Tingelstad (52.87) has the school record in the 400.
They are part of relay teams that hold school records in the 400, 800, 1,600 medley relays.
All of those outdoor marks have been set this season.
“I don’t want it to end,” said Tingelstad, who went to high school in Minnesota at East Grand Forks and Lake Park-Audubon.
Goodman didn’t expect the success she’s had with NDSU. She won one state title at Burnsville (Minn.) High School in the long jump.
She redshirted her first year at NDSU because she was academically ineligible since she didn’t have the necessary NCAA course requirements.
Goodman couldn’t work out with the team in that first year.
“I was expecting there were going to be a lot of people better than me,” Goodman said.
She has proven that theory wrong.
Goodman recently ran the 100 in 11.36 seconds at the Howard Wood Relays to set a school record. Soon after the race, she looked at Godfrey not believing what had just happened.
“She looked up at the board, the scoreboard, and it said ‘11.36’ and she said, ‘I can’t run that fast.’ I said ‘You just did,’ ” Godfrey said.
Tingelstad had instant success with the Bison, winning a Summit crown in the 400 in her first year at NDSU. She can still remember what Godfrey told her before that race.
“Everyone is scared of the freshman,” Tingelstad said. “I am not exactly sure what he meant by that, but I’ll never forget those words.”
Tingelstad’s winning time in that 400 was 54.27 seconds, a personal best by more than one second at the time.
“I’m sure she realized that she was going to be successful once she won that race,” Godfrey said.
Goodman and Tingelstad hope to help the Bison to a seventh straight Summit team title this weekend.
Goodman has a chance to win her third Summit title in the 200. A swollen eye that kept her out of the 2012 conference meet is likely the only thing that kept her from having three Summit titles in that race already.
“Last year they were successful, but they have taken it to a completely different level this year,” said Godfrey. “It’s been fun to watch those two grow up.”