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College Track and Field: Lane, Beachy finish 1-2; Huber wins

Jaelin Beachy1 / 3
Brian Huber2 / 3
Vanessa Lane3 / 3

TULSA, Okla.—Vanessa Lane of South Dakota State University and Jaelin Beachy of North Dakota State University finished 1-2 in the heptathlon at the Summit League Outdoor Championships last weekend.

Lane, a senior from Pequot Lakes, brought home her first outdoor heptathlon championship with two event wins, two personal-best marks, and two season-best marks.

On the last day of the competition, she added a win in the 800 meters and finished third in the javelin throw.

Lane ended the first day in the heptathlon lead by 117 points. She added personal-best marks in the 100 hurdles and 200 meters, winning the 200.

She beat her previous-best time in the 100 hurdles by 0.25 seconds and beat her best in the 200 by 0.29 seconds, which was good enough to break into the school's top 10 at 10th all-time.

Lane also added a season-best mark in the high jump, improving by 0.5 inches and just missed tying her PR of 5-3. She did tie her best place-finish in the high jump at the championships.

Her throw in the shot put was her second-best distance and second-best place finish at the outdoor championships.

Lane finishes her career with the school record in the heptathlon, second all-time in the pentathlon, tied for ninth all-time in the 60 meters, and 10th all-time in the outdoor 200.

She also has a school record in the 4x200m relay as well as being on the school's second-fastest 4x100m relay and outdoor 4x400m relay, third-fastest sprint medley, and fifth-fastest indoor 4x400m relay.

Beachy, a senior from Staples, scored 5,007 points for her runner-up pentathlon finish. Her total represented a career best by 466 points and ranks eighth in NDSU history.

After her runner-up finish in the heptathlon, Beachy came through with a sixth-place finish for the Bison women in the 100 hurdles at 14.41.

Huber wins long jump

WINONA—Senior Brian Huber of Minnesota State University Moorhead won the men's long jump at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships Saturday.

Huber, a senior from Staples, crushed the long jump competition with a school-record jump of 25-11.5. That jump set a meet record and is the best in Division II this season. It's the fifth NSIC title in Huber's career. He will compete at nationals later this month.

He finished second in the 200 at 21.38, just .03 seconds behind winner Tanner Ogren of Minnesota State, to pick up All-NSIC honors.

National qualifiers will be announced Tuesday, May 15.

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