NSU Outdoor Track & Field Teams Both Picked 8th in Preseason Coaches Polls

BURNSVILLE, MN (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference released this afternoon the 2019 Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The men’s and women’s teams were both picked eight overall. Wolves sophomore Tanner Berg was honored as the Preseason Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, and was one of four Wolves to watch for the 2019 season.

Northern State enters the 2019 outdoor season after finishing sixth in the league a season ago. The Wolves racked up two conference championships and six all-conference performances. Monte Meyerink won NSIC titles in the high jump and javelin in his final meet as a Wolf. David Murphy also grabbed all-conference accolades in the javelin, while returners Kelson Brewer and Tanner Berg earned all-conference honors in the 400m hurdles, shot put, and hammer throw. Brewer and Berg were tabbed as the team’s track and field athletes to watch for the 2019 outdoor season. The Wolves enter the outdoor season after taking seventh as a team from the NSIC Indoor Championships. In addition, Tanner Berg was the lone NCAA Indoor National Championship qualifier for the Wolves, earning second team All-American honors in the weight throw.

Tanner Berg

  • 2018 NSIC All-Conference in the shot put and hammer throw
  • Threw a national provisional mark of 58.88m in the hammer throw (2018)
  • Holds the Northern State outdoor school record in the hammer throw

Kelson Brewer

  • 2018 NSIC All-Conference in the 400m Hurdles
  • Finished 10th at the NSIC Outdoor Multi Events (2018)
  • Opening leg for the fourth place 4x400m relay (2018)

2019 NSIC Outdoor Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rk. School Pts.
1. Minnesota State (10) 100
2. University of Mary (1) 88
3. Sioux Falls 82
4. Augustana 74
5. Minnesota Duluth 61
6. Wayne State 51
7. Concordia-St. Paul 49
8. Northern State 37
9. MSU Moorhead 34
10. Southwest Minnesota State 17
11. Minot State 12

The Northern State University women’s track and field team enters the 2019 outdoor season after a ninth place finish in 2018 from the NSIC Championships. Sasha Hovind and Sonia Alaman tallied all-conference performances in the 5000m run and high jump, while Hovind won the NSIC Championships in the 10,000m run. Hovind qualified for the NCAA National Championships, alongside Hanneke Oosterwegel. The pair grabbed All-American accolades in the 5000m, 10,000m, and 400m hurdles from the championships. Oosterwegel and Alaman were picked as Northern’s track and field athletes to watch for the upcoming season.

Sonia Alaman

  • 2018 NSIC All-Conference in the high jump
  • Qualified for the NSIC Indoor Championships with the top mark in the high jump
  • Holds an outdoor personal record of 1.64m in the high jump

Hanneke Oosterwegel

  • 2018 NCAA All-American in the 400m hurdles, finishing third
  • NSU school record holder in the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, and 400m hurdles
  • Member of three school record relays (4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m)
  • 2017 NSIC Champion in the 400m hurdles
  • 2017 NCAA All-American in the 400m hurdles as the national runner-up

2019 NSIC Outdoor Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rk. School Pts.
1. University of Mary (14) 196
2. Minnesota State 180
3. Augustana 164
4. Winona State (1) 160
5. Minnesota Duluth 144
6. Sioux Falls 125
7. Wayne State 107
8. Northern State 96
9. St. Cloud State 92
10. Bemidji State 86
11. MSU Moorhead 70
12. Concordia-St. Paul 59
13. Upper Iowa 52
14. Southwest Minnesota State 28
15. Minot State 16