Tingelstad, John Post School Records at Iowa State Qualifier
Release: March 02, 2013
AMES, Iowa - It was a good hour for the North Dakota State women's track & field team on Saturday at the Iowa State Qualifier.
In a span of approximately 60 minutes, the Bison broke two school records - one of them twice - inside the Lied Recreation Center.
First, senior Deborah John posted a 60m hurdles time of 8.32 seconds in the prelims, topping her previous school record of 8.36 seconds from 2012.
About a half-hour later, junior Ashley Tingelstad turned in one of the most impressive feats in school history by an NDSU sprinter, finishing the 400m in 53.72 seconds to destroy the 400m school record of 54.58 set by Olympian Tamara Brudy in 2002. Tingelstad's time currently ranks No. 32 in the nation.
The following event, John stepped back on the track and made her time of 8.32 seconds one of the shortest-lived records in school history. John raced to a new school-record time of 8.23 seconds in the final, tying her for No. 19 in the nation this season.
NDSU head coach Ryun Godfrey was impressed with his two record-breakers.
"It was really exciting to see the whole series of events," said Godfrey. "I thought Ashley had a good shot at 54.3 or 54.2, which would have also broken the record, but for her to smash the record like that - I was extremely excited to see that."
Although it appears John will come up just short of the national top-16 ranking necessary to advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships, Godfrey was nonetheless impressed.
"It's a great feeling to see her break a school record in her last indoor race. She looked great doing it," said Godfrey. "Deb's whole mindset today was to get to the top 16, but we're extremely impressed with what she did today. She took advantage of a great day and great competition."
Senior Faith Kruchowski and sophomore Paige Stratioti both recorded personal-best times and NDSU all-time top-10 performances in the 800m. Kruchowski moved to No. 7 in NDSU history with her time of 2:08.23, and Stratioti ranks eighth all-time at 2:08.36. Both are now ranked among the top 70 runners in the nation this season.
Junior Antoinette Goodman won the 200m dash in 24.04 seconds, completing an unbeaten indoor season in the event. In seven 200m races this season, Goodman placed first every time.
Following this weekend, the top 16 performers in each individual event and the top 12 relay teams will be eligible for the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Mar. 8-9. The fields for the national meet are expected to be announced on Monday, Mar. 4.