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Foster strong in final outdoor debut for UND

Kyley Foster started her final outdoor season for the University of North Dakota with a pole vault victory fresh off an indoor All-American performance for the Fighting Hawks. UND Athletics

Senior Kyley Foster (Detroit Lakes) got off to a hot start for the University of North Dakota in the opening outdoor meet of the season during day one of competition at the Incarnate Word Spring Break Classic Thursday, March 14.

"Good, good start to the outdoor season," UND head track and field coach Kevin Galbraith said after Thursday's opening day. "Molli Detloff opened well and so did Kyley Foster, staying strong in their performances. Great performances from Madison Overby amongst others as well with several PRs on the guys' side. Overall, some good starting outdoor marks."

Kyley Foster, fresh off an All-America performance at the NCAA DI indoor meet, cleared 4.20-meters in the pole vault to easily out-distance the field in that event.

Allison Lardy uncorked a 13.76-meter toss in the shot put to win that event with Emma Gilbert (12.75m) just over a meter behind in third. The hammer throw was dominated by UND throwers with each of the top six spots owned by Fighting Hawls. Detloff, another indoor All-American, was the headliner in the group, unleashing a 65.06-meter throw in the hammer. Lexi Stein-McAndrew and Jessica Drady were within a half-meter of each other for second and third, respectively. Isabel White led a 1-2 finish for UND in the javelin with a 38.87-meter toss. Amber Hunsaker finished in second (35.75m).

On the track, Erica Eades finished in second in the 1500 run, clocking a 4.49.62 time.  In the 5000-meter run, UND claimed the top three spots, paced by Hannah Oscarson's 17:11.78 with Overby a fraction of a second behind (17:11.81). Ellyssa Peterson took third (18:28.29). In the 200, Oluwaseyi Aguda tied for second, recording a 21.92 time.

On the men's side, Zachary Ray finished tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 4.56 meters in his final attempt at that height. Michael Quesenberry won the shot put, just edging out the field with a 16.54-meter effort. Chris Evenson was third (15.81m). The men's hammer was also Fighting Hawk-dominated with the top four spots all being claimed by UND throwers. Adam Mehr's 59.54-meter distance was tops, followed by Tyler Kolander, Cole Beevers and Andy Samuel. Jack Vetsch took third in the javelin (46.56m).

Connor Danielson (Fergus Falls) and Jacob Henne were 1-2 in the 5000-meter run with the former finishing in 15:34.38.

Action continues Friday from the UIW Track Stadium.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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