THIS WEEK: Dakota State University outdoor track and field teams prepare for the annual premier event in Sioux City, Iowa on Friday and Saturday. The Trojans participate in the Sioux City Relays, where numerous schools from the Midwest (NAIA and NCAA levels) along with high school schools are expected to attend. The two-day event kicks off at 12 noon on Friday at the Olsen Stadium.
SIOUX CITY RELAYS: Schools around the Midwest area are expected to attend in the Sioux City Relays. For more information on the Sioux City Relays can be found on www.screlays.com/default.aspx. First event on Friday is expected to start at 12 noon with the women's hammer throw. The first running event starts at 3:30 p.m. with the women's and men's 10,000-meter run finals (combined). The Sioux City Relays will conclude on Saturday, starting with the high school races at 8 a.m. The first college running event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with the women's 4 x 800-meter relay. The first college field event on Saturday is expected to start at 9 a.m. with the men's discus throw.
LAST MEET: Dakota State opened their outdoor track and field season at the Dordt Invitational on April 4 in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Trojans dominated the men's 800-meter race. Andy Coy trailed in the race, but rallied back in the final stretch to claim the title with a national qualifying mark time of one minute and 53.93 seconds. Matt Fideler was third with a time of 1:55.25. Ryan Gimbel produced a career best and DSU school record of 140 feet and eight inches for a third-place finish in the men's hammer throw. Brittany Pearson recorded two eighth-place finishes in the women's hammer (109 feet and one inch) and discus throw (118 feet and eight inches).
NATIONAL QUALIFIERS: DSU currently have two runners qualified for NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship. Nic Penning recorded a national qualifying time in the Midland Half-Marathon Meet on March 10 in Fremont, Neb. The 13.1 mile meet, hosted by Midland University, gave individuals an opportunity to compete for a bid in marathon for NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in late May. Penning punched his ticket for nationals as he recorded a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 56 seconds. Andy Coy won the men's 800-meter run at the Dordt Invitational on April 4 in Sioux Center, Iowa. He recorded a national qualifying mark of one minute and 53.93 seconds. The NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet will be held in Marion, Ind. on May 24-26.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State outdoor track and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State heads to Orange City, Iowa on Saturday, April 21 to compete in the Northwestern Red Raider Invitational.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director