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UND thrower seeks All-America honors

EUGENE, Ore.--Molli Detloff's first outdoor track and field meet of the season went well. The UND junior threw a personal best at the time--202 feet--at a meet in Wilmington, N.C.

UND's Molli Detloff will compete in the hammer throw Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
UND's Molli Detloff will compete in the hammer throw Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

EUGENE, Ore.-Molli Detloff's first outdoor track and field meet of the season went well. The UND junior threw a personal best at the time-202 feet-at a meet in Wilmington, N.C.

"That was a good start to the season," said Detloff.

And she's hoping she'll have a great ending to the season this week at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Detloff is the first UND track and field athlete to qualify for the national meet in the program's Division I era.

She'll compete in the hammer throw Thursday afternoon. She is seeded sixth in the event, with her personal best throw of 213 feet, 2 inches coming at the recent NCAA West Preliminary meet. Arizona State's Maggie Ewen has the top throw of 232-3.

If Detloff finishes in the top eight, she will earn All-American honors.

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She came to UND relatively unrecruited out of Elk River, Minn.

Detloff had some contact with the University of Minnesota, however. "Lynne Anderson (Minnesota throwing coach) talked to me a little but then she retired," said Detloff. "So no one there continued to talk to me. So (UND assistant coach) Drew Jones reached out to me."

In two years, Detloff has helped take the UND track and field program to a new level.

UND coach Kevin Galbraith said his junior thrower is the new "flag bearer for this program going forward."

Detloff has excelled in both the hammer and discus during her career.

She prefers the hammer throw. "It's different techniques," she said of the event. "In a couple of seconds, you can mess things up pretty quickly. It's more thrilling."

Detloff enters the national meet after earning MVP honors at the Big Sky Conference outdoor meet.

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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