THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University track and field teams kick off their outdoor track & field season Friday afternoon and Saturday at the Vance Butler Invitational. The meet will be held at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D.
VANCE BUTLER MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL: The Vance Butler Memorial Invitational honors the former long-time Augustana head coach Vance Butler from 1984-2001. The field events will kick off on Friday afternoon (today) with the men's and women's hammer throw at 1 p.m. The majority of the events take place on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with the women's and men's discus throw. The running events start at 11:30 a.m. with the women's and men's 3000-meter steeplechase. The Vance Butler Memorial Invitational has set up a website on http://www.goaugie.com/sports/2009/3/31/MTRACK_0331095543.aspx?path=track.
COY PRODUCES 6TH NAIA ALL-AMERICAN STATUS: Senior Andy Coy of Hill City, S.D. earned his sixth NAIA All-American honor after capturing a national runner-up at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet last March. He recorded his fourth straight NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-American honor after recording a time of two minutes and 28 seconds, .07 seconds behind the first-place runner.
BOOMSMA EARNS NAIA ALL-AMERCIAN HONOR: Sophomore Seth Boomsma of Crooks, S.D. clocked a time of 6.75 seconds for a second-place finish in the men's 60-meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field national meet last March. As a result, he earned his first NAIA All-American status.
PENNING QUALIFIES FOR NAIA OUTDOOR TRACK NATIONALS: Nic Penning captured the Midland Half-Marathon event last December by recording his career-best time of one hour, 12 minutes and two seconds. As a result, he qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet to be held in late May. Penning won the 13.1 mile race in Fremont, Neb. It was his second straight season that he qualified in marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
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.
UP NEXT: Dakota State competes in the two-day Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa next Friday and Saturday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director