THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track and field teams prepare for their final regular-season meet Friday afternoon as they compete in the Concordia (Neb.) Twilight meet. The meet takes place at the Bulldog Stadium in Seward, Neb.
CONCORDIA (NEB.) TWILIGHT MEET: Concordia (Neb.) Twilight meet is the final regular-season outdoor track and field meet before the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship. The meet starts with the men's hammer throw, women's discus and men's javelin at 2 p.m. The first running event is slated for 3:45 p.m. with the women's and men's hurdles preliminaries. The last running event of the meet is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. with the women's and men's 800-meter runs. The final regular-season outdoor track and field meet gives the athletes their last opportunity to qualify for the national meet.
DSU MEN'S 4 X 100-METER RELAY SET RECORD: D'Artist Williams, Stacey Berg, Mark Moeller and Seth Boomsma set a new DSU school record time in the 4 x 100-meter relay at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on May 3. They blazed to a first-place victory with a new record time of 41.34 seconds, improving their national qualifying mark. Their time is currently the sixth fastest in the nation. The previous old DSU school record mark was set by Dowling, Smidt, Lausen and Smith in 1994 with a time of 41.50 seconds.
THROWERS IMPROVE PERSONAL BEST: Two Trojan throwers improved their personal best in the men's hammer throw at the Howard Wood Relays on May 3. Trevor Rossknecht recorded a measurement of 127 feet and 9 inches for a ninth-place finish, which is the fourth best throw in the DSU record book. Trevor Van Tilburg threw a new personal best measurement of 124 feet and 7 inches for a tenth-place finish. His throw is the fifth-best in the Trojan outdoor track and field record book.
COY QUALIFIES IN 1500-METER RUN: Andy Coy, a seven-time NAIA All-American athlete at Dakota State, qualified for NAIA Nationals in another event - the 1500-meter run. His time is the third-best in the DSU school record book. He produced a national qualifying time of 3:52.41 (currently 10th fastest time in the nation) for a second-place finish at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on May 4. He finished behind first-place winner from NCAA Division I Colorado State Alex Muntefering with a time of 3:50.35. Coy will be making his fourth consecutive NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship appearances in his stellar track career at Dakota State.
HOWARD WOOD DAKOTA RELAYS RECAP: On the first day of the two-day Howard Wood Dakota Relays event, the DSU men's 4 x 100-meter relay team set a record performance as they won the event by a new DSU record time of 41.34 seconds. Williams was the top NAIA place finisher in the men's 200-meter dash for a third-place finish with a time of 22.03 seconds. Andy Quenzer was fourth in the men's 800-meter run in 1:58.28. In the women's 800-meter run, Kayla Sveen was fifth with a time of 2:21.38. Stephanie Warnke was ninth in 2:22.86. Nic Penning placed ninth in the men's 5000-meter run, recording a time of 15:29.96. Ryan Gimbel threw a measurement of 137 feet and 11 inches for a seventh-place finish in the men's hammer throw. Rossknecht placed fifth in the men's discus throw with a measurement of 133 feet and 4 inches. On the second day of the event in wet and cold weather conditions, Boomsma won the 100-meter dash title with a time of 10.83 seconds. Chad Pelkofer finished fifth in the men's 110-meter hurdles in 16.40 seconds, while Zach Ely was sixth in 16.25 seconds. Summer Bronson clocked a time of 1:07.27 to earn a fifth-place finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Ashley Currey was tied for 10th in the women's discus throw with a measurement of 110 feet and 9 inches. The Howard Wood Dakota Relays features competitors from NCAA Division I and II schools.
SIX DSU RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NAIA NATIONALS: Dakota State currently have six runners qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Nic Penning qualified for nationals in the men's marathon. The DSU men's 4 x 100-meter relay - Williams, Berg, Moeller and Boomsma - also qualified for the nationals. Boomsma added another national event as he qualified for 100-meter dash. Andy Coy qualified in the 1500-meter run. He clocked a time of 3:50.53 in the 1500-meters race at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on May 4 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships take place in Marion, Ind., hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University, on May 23-25.
DSU SENIORS: Dakota State has eight seniors on this year's outdoor track and field team. Stacey Berg, Summer Bronson, Andy Coy, Nic Penning, Andy Quenzer, Gabe Samuelson, Stephanie Uher and Stephanie Warnke are the seniors on the DSU outdoor track and field teams this season.
COACHES' CORNER: Dakota State University track and field head coach Buzz Stevenson has been involved in sports since his high school days in Ipswich, S.D. and has been a coach and teacher for more than 45 years. While at DSU, Stevenson has garnered 14 South Dakota-Iowa Conference Coach of the Year titles and two NAIA Great Plains regional cross-country coach of the year awards. He has accumulated 14 SDIC championships and his athletes have produced 57 All-American honors. Anthony Drealan is in his second year as an assistant coach in track and field. Cody Foreman is also an assistant track and field coach for the Trojans. Matt Fideler is the DSU track and field student assistant coach.
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UP NEXT: The NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet takes place in Marion, Ind. on May 23-25. The national meet is hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director