THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track and field teams prepare for the annual premier event in Sioux City, Iowa on Friday and Saturday. The Trojans compete in the Sioux City Relays, where numerous schools from the Midwest (NAIA and NCAA levels) 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 participate in the Sioux City Relays. For more information on the Sioux City Relays can be found on http://www.screlays.com/default.aspx. They had revised the scheduled for the two-day event, starting with the women's hammer throw at 12 noon Friday. Friday's running events start at 4 p.m. with the women's and men's 10,000-meter races. Saturday's events start with the high school events at 8 a.m., followed by college events at 9 a.m. (men's discus, women's shot put and women's long jump). Saturday's college running events starts at 10 a.m. with the women's 4 x 800-meter relay.
DSU MEN'S 4 X 100-METER RELAY QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS: The Trojan men's 4 x 100-meter relay, which consisted of D'Artist Williams, Stacey Berg, Mark Moeller and Seth Boomsma, qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals after producing an automatic qualifying time of 41.96 seconds. As a result, they captured a first-place finish in DSU season opener at the Vance Butler Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D. Their time is the second fastest time in the DSU school record book.
TROJANS DOMINATE 100-METER DASH: The Trojans dominated the men's 100-meter race on April 6 at the Vance Butler Invitational. DSU had three runners placed in the top 3 as Boomsma claimed the title with an automatic qualifying time of 10.59 seconds. Williams finished second in 10.86 seconds. Berg was third, clocking a time of 10.96 seconds.
COY WINS IN DSU SEASON OPENER: Andy Coy, a six-time NAIA All-American athlete at Dakota State, won the men's 800-meter run on April 6 in the Vance Butler Invitational. He recorded a time of one minute and 57.35 seconds. Steve Selchert was eighth in 2:01.99. On the women's side, Stephanie Warnke placed fourth with a time of 2:25.80. Kayla Sveen finished eighth in 2:27.28.
FIVE DSU 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.
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 travels to Orange City, Iowa to participate in the Red Raider Invitational on April 19-20. The meet is hosted by Northwestern (Iowa) College.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director