THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track and field teams are scheduled to compete in the annual premier two-day event this weekend, the Howard Wood Relays. The meet takes place at the newly renovated Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Friday and Saturday.
HOWARD WOOD RELAYS: The Howard Wood Dakota Relays has experienced phenomenal growth since the first one-day event was held on May 4, 1923. Over the years, it has become one of South Dakota's premier athletic events. The 88th running of the Relays is scheduled for May 3 and May 4, 2013. More than 3,000 middle school, high school, college and university student-athletes will be competing. For more information on the Howard Wood Relays can be found on http://www.dakotarelays.com/index.php.
DRAKE RELAYS RECAP: Eleven different Dakota State University runners were listed in the DSU record book from their impressive performances at the 104th Annual Drake Relays last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. The Trojan women's 4 x 800-meter relay team (Stephanie Warnke, Stephanie Uher, Kayla Sveen and Victoria Sopko) improved their DSU school record time of nine minutes and 35.51 seconds for a 15th-place finish, falling three seconds short of producing a national qualifying time. The DSU men's distance medley relay team (Steve Selchert, Mark Moeller, Andy Quenzer and Andy Coy) sneaked into the 'Top 5' record book with a time of 10:24.59 (fifth-fastest in the record book). Seth Boomsma clocked a time of 10.48 seconds for a seventh-place finish in the men's 100-meter dash, which is the fifth fastest time in DSU school record book. He finished ahead of NCAA Division I runner from Georgia in the men's 100-meter dash final. D'Artist Williams, Stacey Berg, Moeller and Boomsma improved their automatic qualifying time of 41.73 seconds - the second fastest time in DSU record book. Nic Penning finished 27th in the Drake Relay's Hy-Vee Road Half-Marathon race with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 54 seconds.
MOUNT MARTY TWILIGHT RECAP: Three Dakota State University men's throwers improved their personal best in the hammer throw on April 26 in Yankton, S.D. Ryan Gimbel produced a third-place finish in the event with a new DSU school record measurement of 142 feet and 10 inches. Trevor Van Tilburg recorded a measurement of 119 feet and 10 inches, which is the fourth best hammer throw in DSU record book). Trevor Rossknecht threw a measurement of 118 feet and 7 inches, improving his season best at 116 feet and 2 inches. Two DSU hurdlers placed third as Summer Bronson clocked a time of 1:07.40 in the women's 400-meter hurdles and Justin Templeton recorded a time of 15.58 seconds in the men's 110-meter hurdles.
COY QUALIFIES TO NATIONALS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT TIME: Andy Coy, a seven-time NAIA All-American athlete at Dakota State, will be making his fourth straight NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet in his impressive career at DSU. He recorded an automatic qualifying time of 1:54.04 for a second-place finish in the men's 800-meter run at the Sioux City Relays on April 12.
SIX DSU RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NAIA NATIONALS: Dakota State currently have five 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 earned his qualifying time in the men's 800-meter run after producing a second-place finish time of 1:54.04.
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: Dakota State competes in the final regular-season meet in the Concordia (Neb.) Twilight meet on May 11 in Seward, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director