MUNCIE, Ind. – Two members of the North Dakota State women’s track & field team won conference titles on the first day of the Summit League Outdoor Championships, but they couldn’t have happened any differently.
Fifth-year senior Leslie Brost won her fourth Summit League outdoor title in the pole vault, becoming just the third woman in league history to win an event four times at the conference meet. Redshirt freshman Brecca Wahlund won the 10,000 meters in her first-ever attempt at the race, running the second-fastest time in NDSU history at 35:35.27.
The two championships were tales of contrast. Brost was a Bison veteran competing in an event she had done dozens of times; Wahlund was making her race debut. Brost struggled to find her groove throughout the pole vault competition, while Wahlund cruised to a dominating victory.
Brost came out on top in a three-way battle with South Dakota’s Bethany Buell – the national leader in the event – and Emily Grove, who entered the day tied with Brost for 12th in the nation. All three cleared 13-05.25 (4.10m), but despite coming up six inches shy of her outdoor best, Brost took first place on the number of misses.