NDSU track hosts Bison Open, Dakota Quad this weekend

The North Dakota State track and field program will host a pair of meets inside the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility this weekend.

NDSU welcomes a group of Division II programs on Friday, Feb. 5, for the Bison Open and multi-events competition. Saturday’s Dakota Quad will feature the four Division I schools from the Dakotas – NDSU, North Dakota, South Dakota State, and South Dakota.

On Friday, multi-events action begins with the women’s pentathlon at 11 a.m. and the men’s heptathlon starting at noon. Field events for the Bison Open get underway at 4 p.m. Friday, with running events beginning at 4:30 with a rolling schedule.

On Saturday, the Dakota Quad begins at noon with the men’s weight throw and the women’s high jump. Running events are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

The Dakota Quad will be scored as a quadrangular, with the top two individuals from each team scoring in each event on a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Due to capacity restrictions and the slight increase in number of teams and athletes competing inside the facility, there will be no tickets for sale to the public for this weekend’s meets.

NDSU wrestles South Dakota State, Iowa State Sunday in Scheels Center

The North Dakota State wrestling team makes its final home appearance of the season this Sunday, Feb. 7, when the Bison (4-2) host Big 12 Conference opponents South Dakota State (4-4) at 11 a.m. and 12th-ranked Iowa State (6-2) at 1 p.m. inside the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

North Dakota State has won three straight over South Dakota State to take a 44-21-1 lead in the all-time series, including a 21-13 victory in Brookings last month. Iowa State leads the series with NDSU 6-1. The Bison beat the Cyclones 25-16 in the first wrestling match held inside the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on Nov. 16, 2016.

Sunday is the eighth annual Battle for the Border Bell between North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The winner claims the traveling trophy, a 100-pound kettlebell, which was introduced during the 2013-14 season. NDSU won last year’s match 19-18 in Brookings to retain the bell for a second straight year. The Bison lead the Border Bell series 4-3.