High jumper finds herself on top of the Summit LeagueFargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The Summit League outdoor track and field championships got underway this afternoon in Ohio and the Bison women are favored to take a third straight title. One reason why: Toni Tollefson from nearby Lake Park Audubon, and as WDAY 6's Trevor Peterson tells us, she's had a surprisingly fabulous freshman season.
By: Trevor Peterson, WDAY
Toni Tollefson was a 2-time Minnesota state-A high school high jump champ. But she had your typical freshman anxiety when she joined the Bison in 2008.
Toni: “I didn't know what to expect, something a lot different actually. I ended up liking what I found out, I guess.”
Due to an academic issue, Tollefson wasn't allowed to practice with the Bison as a red shirt last year. She instead worked out on her own at the Wellness Center. But this year, in her very first college meet, Tollefson jumped a career best clearing 5-9. Just weeks later, in an outdoor meet at Duke; Tollefson broke the 22-year old NDSU record in the high jump by nearly 2 inches, clearing 5-11 and a half!
Toni: “My goal before I finished college was to clear 6 feet. I'm a half inch away from that. Maybe I should move my goal higher?”
Desiree Larson: “To go as high as she's gone as a freshman, I think each year, she'll go higher as long as she stays healthy.”
Tollefson is ranked 1st in the Summit League, 5th in the region, and 10th in all of Division 1. Not bad for someone who's freshman year isn't even done yet. Tollefson opens competition in the high jump tomorrow.