North Dakota State’s Alex Talley and Akealy Moton were named the Summit League Outdoor Field Athletes of the Year Wednesday in a vote by the league’s head coaches for their performances throughout the 2021 outdoor season.
In his first outdoor season as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, overseeing both the men’s and women’s programs for North Dakota State, Stevie Keller took home his first Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year honor, while securing his fifth women’s accolade. Keller guided the men’s program to its 11th straight league outdoor team title and helped the women claim their 13th consecutive league crown.
Both Talley and Moton also earned Summit League Field Athlete of the Year honors for the 2021 indoor season in March. For Moton, it was her second consecutive Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year accolade after she claimed the honor as a freshman in 2019.
South Dakota State’s Coby Hilton and Oral Roberts’ Sasha Wells were named the league’s Track Athletes of the Year.
Alex Talley, Men’s Outdoor
Field Athlete of the Year
Junior | West Fargo, N.D.
Named the USTFCCCA’s Men’s Midwest Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year
— Launched a meet-record 228-11 (69.78m) to defend his league title in the hammer throw
— Took the shot put event crown at the league championships with a mark of 64-01.25 (19.54m)
— Earned the men’s Summit League Field Championship MVP honor for his performance at the league championship
— Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw
— Finished sixth in the nation at the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw with a mark of 232-11 (70.99m) earning First Team All-America Honors
Akealy Moton, Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year
Sophomore | West Fargo, N.D.
— Finished third in the shot put and 13th in the javelin at the NCAA Championships
— Achieved the highest finish of the Summit League women’s athletes at the national meet
— Her mark of 59-5 (18.11m) in the shot put at the NCAA Championships was an NDSU school record
— Her javelin mark of 179-1 (54.58m) is top 15 among all collegiate women this year
— Earned her second-consecutive league crown in the shot put with a meet-record mark of 57-06.25 (17.53m)
— Finished runner-up at the league championships in the javelin with a mark of 179-1 (54.58m)
— Ranks No. 39 in the world in the shot put in 2021