GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA - The new nickname for the University of North Dakota has been trimmed to three possibilities.

The preliminary vote ended on Friday with the top three vote-getters:
- the Fighting Hawks at 31 percent
- the Roughriders at 21 percent
- the Nodaks at 20 percent.

The two names that were eliminated were the North Stars and Sundogs.

The runoff vote will take place next week. The voting guidelines by the University state that any name receiving over 50 percent of votes would be the University's new nickname, otherwise a runoff vote would be held to allow eligible voters to choose between the top two or threee vote-getters.