Here I am going to look at the Summit League Women's competition now that the season has progressed. Competition has already begun with the Multi-Events this morning.
1. NDSU- The Bison are an all around powerhouse. They won't be beaten.
2. USD- The yotes are led by Emma Ladwig (Erickson), Alexa Duling, Analisa Huschle, Kenna Wolter, and Emily Grove who all should have a shot at winning at least one event.
3. SDSU- The Jacks will be in a hard fought battle for third with many of the teams below. Luck and circumstance will play a factor in deciding places. See below for the Jacks Keys to Success.
4. Southern Utah- The distance events will be their strong point and will expect big points out of Kayla Kovar, a thrower.
5. UMKC- A well-rounded team on the rise, the 'Roos will be led by their triple jumpers and long sprinters. Don't expect any event titles for them but many placings.
6. Oral Roberts- Sprinters Cornisha Wilkerson and TK Whitfield need to pick up big points for the Eagles to place well. Look for multi eventer Camilla Pirelli to score as well.
7. Oakland- Lia Jones reportedly has a stress fracture and will not compete. She was expected to be a contender in the distance races. The Grizzlies will need to pick up points elsewhere.
8. Western Illinois- Dana LaRue looks to score big in both throws for the Leathernecks. Chelsea Lynes also has the top time in the Mile run and is ranked 4th in the 800.
9. IPFW- The hosts won't be scoring many points. Sarah Hutchings in the distance and mid-distance races is their greatest hope.
1. Lora Shearer's endurance- Shearer will be competing in the Multi (5 events) as well as 4 individual events. She will be a factor in all events if she can fight the fatigue.
2. Throws- Rapid City natives Brooke Garner and McKenzie Johnson lead the charge here. Brooke looks to win a few titles.
3. Relays- The Jacks hope to pick up big points in the 4x4 and DMR. This is the first time this year that the 4x4 is at its best- Odegaard, Bren, Fritz, and McDonald.
4. High Jump- Wirth and Shearer are 2-3 and don't forget about Kali Olson!
5. Distance- Tera Potts and Erin Hargens are ranked 6th in their respective events.
6. Getting to finals- there are a lot of women on the line of making finals and not making finals. They need to perform today to score tomorrow. Every point counts!