The Big Ten Conference wasn't enough to pluck one of North Dakota's most decorated track and field gems away from her home state.
Minot High sprinter Morgan Milbrath, who's already tallied nine state titles heading into her final season, will sign a letter of intent with North Dakota State University today.
The Majettes' multi-sport standout spurned interest from Nebraska and the University of Minnesota before verbally committing to the Bison last week.
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Minot High School sprinter Morgan Milbrath prepares to enter the starting blocks before a meet last spring. The nine-time state champion is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent with North Dakota State today.
"The decision came down to the field of study," said Milbrath, who will be pursuing a degree in physical education. "And being close to home is always nicer. ... I'm very happy with my choice."
Milbrath won state titles in the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints as well as the 300-meter hurdles last spring. Those efforts earned her North Dakota Gatorade track and field athlete of the year honors.
She ranks second all-time in Class A in the 200 (24.32 seconds) and 400 (53.31) and third in the 100 (11.97). Her 400 times have consistently been among the best in the country.
NDSU coach Ryun Godfrey has been in touch with Milbrath since last spring, and other programs, including the University of North Dakota, followed suit. She recently narrowed her choices down to Nebraska and NDSU before giving Godfrey the nod.
Milbrath will be teaming up with former Minot standout Brecca Wahlund, a redshirt freshman distance runner. NDSU features 12 in-state products on its roster.
"I know (Wahlund) and I raced against some of the girls," said Milbrath, who holds a 3.97 GPA. "It's nice to have that familiarity with your teammates."
The 5-foot-10 senior currently starts at wing for the Minot girls basketball team and was an all-West Region selection in volleyball.