UND freshman sets new record

Molli Detloff competes in hammer throw

For Molli Detloff, the Dakota Duals meet earlier this month meant a change to reach new heights.

The UND freshman set a new school record and the event title in the hammer throw at 187 feet, 6 inches or 57.15 meters.

“We kind of always knew that she was a diamond in the rough and would figure something out and throw really far in college,” UND coach Drew Jones told UND Sports. “With the hammer, you work hard to have a good feel for the ball, so to speak. It’s one of those things that you either get it or you don’t, and Molli gets it.”

The Elk River, Minn., native not only set a new record, but did so in a unique style. Detloff only used two turns, which left her with less time to accelerate than she would have had with more turns.

“Most Olympians throw off of three or four turns, and the record that she broke was held by a three-turn thrower,” Jones said. “To throw as far as she did off of a two-turn is incredible. She’s a heck of talent and I’m very excited to see what she can do.”

Staff report