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UND's Litzinger, Evans win national titles

WALNUT, Calif. -- UND came away with two national champions at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships. UND's Matt Litzinger won the javelin, while Sioux senior Heidi Evans captured the 1,500 meters Saturday. Litzinger's win wa...

WALNUT, Calif. -- UND came away with two national champions at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships.

UND's Matt Litzinger won the javelin, while Sioux senior Heidi Evans captured the 1,500 meters Saturday.

Litzinger's win was the first men's national title for the Sioux since 1989. Evans' title is the first outdoor championship for the UND women's program.

Litzinger, a Grand Forks Central graduate, won the javelin with a toss of 67.84 meters. His teammate, Matt Fick, took third in the event with a throw of 63.0 meters. Litzinger is a former Grand Forks Central athlete, while Fick competed at Grand Forks Red River.

Fick and Litzinger came into the weekend meet with the top two throws in the country.

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UND's last individual men's track and field title came in 1989 when Norm McGee won the 100-meter run.

Evans also came into the weekend meet with the top time in the 1,500.

Evans, who is from Roseau, Minn., posted a winning time of 4 minutes, 26.29 seconds. Jes-sica Lamp of Wisconsin-Parkside was second with a time of 4:27.21.

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