T&F: Vikings Travel to Montana to Avoid the Snow

Apr 22nd, 2013 @ 2:45 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
Without a doubt, this Track & Field Season will go down in the record books with the note of the longest winter in North Dakota history. Valley City like the rest of North Dakota was hit with a major snow storm on Sunday April 13/14 which resulted in the cancellation of NDSU home meet, as most of North Dakota was blanketed with 6-20 inches of snow.

With this in mind, VCSU Track & Field Team was scheduled to compete at Dickinson State University on Saturday April 20, but unfortunately Dickenson was hit with 18 inches of snow. Not to be deterred they held their meet in Miles City, Montana. A small determined group of VCSU Track & Field athletes made the trip, which resulted in a number of worthy performances.

The VCSU woman throwers led the way. Junior Amber Volanti showed returning form in the Javelin with a toss of 41.40m, to grab first place and to punch her ticket for Nationals. Volanti has now qualified for the National meet three years in a row. Freshmen and Valley City native Jenna Coghlan also competed in the Javelin had a PR throw of 34.91 to finish seventh.

Freshmen Jessica Meland from Harvey, ND also had a big day with a PR throw of 12.36m, in the shot put to take first place. Jessica was backed up by freshmen teammate, Courtney Dixon from Casselton, ND who finished fourth with a mark of 11.44. Dixon also had a top eight finish in the discus with a throw of 32.53 to finish seventh.

Juniors Anna Fuka from Lidgerwood, ND and Megan Capistrano from Sacramento, CA both finished sixth respectively in the 400m/62.92 and the 100m/13.73.

On the men’s side, freshmen Alex Cundiff from Williston, ND showed continued improvement in the 400m with a 7th place finish, posting a PR of 51.60. Both junior Eric Schauer from Langdon, ND and freshmen Malik Jackson from Las Vegas, NV debuted in the 800m this outdoor season, running 2:00.97 and 2:02.99 respectively as they show continued improvements and fitness.

VCSU’s next track & field meet will be held on Saturday April 27 at Jamestown College. Athletes will be competing in the Al Cassell Relays Invitational.