DES MOINES, Iowa - Nine different Dakota State University runners are listed in the DSU outdoor track and field record book after their impressive performances Saturday at the 104th Annual Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee. The annual premier event was held at the Drake Stadium that featured schools from all levels in the meet.
In the morning session, the Trojan women's 4 x 800-meter relay team (Stephanie Warnke, Kayla Sveen, Victoria Sopko and Stephanie Uher) improved their DSU school record time of nine minutes and 35.51 seconds, which is near three seconds short of producing a national qualifying time. The relay team placed 15th in the event. Warnke, Sveen, Sopko and Uher broke their previous old record mark time of 9:44.43 at the Sioux City Relays on April 13.
The DSU men's distance medley relay sneaked in the DSU school record book 'Top 5' times with a 17th-place finish. The relay team - consisted of Steve Selchert, Mark Moeller, Andy Quenzer and Andy Coy - produced the fifth fastest time in DSU record book with a time of 10:24.59.
Matt Fideler, Trojans' outdoor track and field student assistant coach, clocked a time of 9:21.70 for a 12th-place finish in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase race.
Seth Boomsma ran in the afternoon session at the Drake Relays. He was part of the eight-member 100-meter dash finals that featured runners from NCAA schools. Boomsma improved his automatic qualifying time of 10.48 seconds for a seventh-place finish. He finished ahead of NCAA Division I runner from Georgia. Boomsma's time is also the fifth fastest time in the DSU school record book.
Dakota State will have one runner in action on Sunday morning. Nic Penning will be running in the men's half-marathon, starting at 8 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director