MARION, Ind. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is proud to announce the 2013 NAIA Men's Outdoor Track and Field All-American Team, officially released on Monday. All-American honors are awarded to the top eight individual in each event and all four runners in the top eight relay teams.
These awards were given out at the 62nd Annual Men's Outdoor track & Field National Championships on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. The event was contested from May 23-25.
Five Dakota State University runners - three freshmen and two seniors - earned All-American honor at the NAIA national meet. They are Stacey Berg (senior - Winslow, Ariz.), Seth Boomsma (freshman - Crooks, S.D.), Mark Moeller (freshman - Rosholt, S.D.), Nic Penning (senior - Hulett, Wyo.) and D'Artist Williams (freshman - Madison, S.D.).
Dakota State men's 4 x 100-meter relay team blazed to a DSU school record time of 40.68 seconds to earn a third-place finish at the national meet on May 25. As a result, DSU set a new collegiate record time in the state of South Dakota.
The members of the Trojan men's 4 x 100-meter relay team are Williams, Berg, Moeller and Boomsma. They made their first NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships appearance last weekend.
Boomsma earned his second NAIA Outdoor Track & Field All-American status as he placed fourth in the NAIA men's 100-meter dash final on May 25. He recorded a time of 10.58 seconds. It was Boomsma's third overall NAIA All-American honor as he earned his first honor at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships last March (national runner-up in NAIA men's 60-meter dash final with a time of 6.75 seconds).
Penning claimed a NAIA national runner-up honor in the men's marathon on May 25. He was seeded 15th-best time prior to running in the marathon, which was Penning's second consecutive year that he ran at the NAIA Nationals in marathon. He clocked a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 30.90 seconds, a new DSU school record time previously set by former NAIA All-American runner Chris Heezen (2:28:06 in 2007).
Andy Coy (senior - Hill City, S.D.) was another Trojan runner that qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field National Championships last weekend. He ran a time of 3:59.37 in the men's 1500-meters prelims on May 23, but fell just .02 seconds short to qualify for the final. Coy finished his stellar DSU collegiate track career as he was named NAIA All-American six times (four times in Indoor Track and two times in Outdoor Track). He qualified for the national track meet in both indoor and outdoor four consecutive years (total of eight national track championships appearances). He is listed in the DSU track school records numerous times.
Coy earned his fourth overall Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete honor (two in cross country and two in track) on May 24 for his academic success in the classrooms.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director