STORM LAKE, Iowa - Three Dakota State University runners produced national qualifying times on Saturday at the Buena Vista Open. It was DSU's indoor track and field regular-season finale for their last chance to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field nationals. The meet was held at the Lamberti Recreation/Dennis Young Track, hosted by Buena Vista University.
Stephanie Uher recorded a national qualifying time of two minutes and 19.16 seconds in the women's 800-meter run. Kayla Sveen finished with a time of 2:23.19 (personal best), followed by Stephanie Warnke (2:23.39 - season best) and Brooke Fritz (2:28.93). Jared Sutton ran a time of 2:11.90 on the men's side.
Andy Coy clocked a national qualifying time in the men's 1000-meter run. He was the top runner in the event with a time of 2.29.16.
Seth Boomsma captured the men's 55-meter dash with a national qualifying time of 6.42 seconds in the final. He recorded a time of 6.47 seconds in the prelims.
D'Artist Williams qualified for NAIA Nationals after recording a time of 6.47 seconds in the men's 55-meter prelims. He improved his time to 6.43 seconds in the finals and placed second. Stacey Berg had a time of 6.66 seconds in the prelims and recorded 6.68 seconds in the finals. Trevor Reddick clocked a time of 7.27 seconds in the prelims.
In throws, Ashley Currey produced a new DSU school record in the women's weight throw. She threw a school record measurement of 43.04 feet (13.12 meters), breaking the previous old DSU school record of 42 feet and six inches set by Katie Gylfe in 2008. Shayna Dwyer recorded a throw measurement of 11.87 meters (or 38.94 feet). On the men's side, Ryan Gimbel threw a weight throw measurement of 49.84 feet (15.19 meters). Trevor Van Tilburg had a measurement of 44.95 feet (13.70 meters).
The DSU women's 4 x 400-meter relay team (Sveen, Summer Bronson, Warnke and Uher) had produced a new school record time of 4:10.04. The previous old mark was set in 2011 by Claire Beck, Brittany Young, Danielle Rowe and Brandi Gau with a time of 4:12.23.
Gimbel had a measurement of 44.39 feet (13.53 meters) in the men's shot put. Currey recorded 35.24 feet (10.74 meters) in the women's shot put, while Dwyer had a measurement of 33.3 feet (10.15 meters)
Berg leaped a measurement of 32.33 feet (6.47 meters) in the men's long jump. Shay Baysinger recorded a jump of six feet (1.83 meters) in the men's high jump.
Zach Ely and David Sotir were tied for second in the men's 55-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.25 seconds (Ely - 8.40 seconds and Sotir 8.24 seconds in prelims). Justin Templeton and Chad Pelkfoer both had a time of 8.50 seconds in the finals (Templeton - 8.23 seconds and Pelkfoer - 8.50 seconds in prelims). Bronson recorded a time of 9.19 seconds in the women's 55-meter hurdles.
Nic Penning produced a time of 4:29.05 in the men's one-mile run. He had a time of 9:11.24 in the men's 3000-meter run, while Taylor Hauge recorded a time of 9:41.69. On the women's side, Anastasia Asimakopoulos finished a time of 12:01.55, while Amber Wiebenga had a time of 13:08.29.
Penning had a time of 16:01.89 in the men's 5000-meter run.
In the men's 600-meters run, Gabe Samuelson clocked a time of 1:28.54. Jared Truman finished in 1:31.59. Victoria Sopko recorded a time of 1:49.02 on the women's side.
Five DSU men's runners raced in the 200-meter dash. Boomsma had a time of 22.54 seconds, followed by Berg 22.84 seconds, Williams 22.97 seconds, Ely 24.25 seconds and Reddick 25.58 seconds.
Baysinger ran in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 53.94 seconds.
The DSU men's 4 x 400-meter relay team (Mark Moeller, Andy Quezner, Steve Selchert and Truman) ran a time of 3:35.44. The distance medley relay team (Selchert, Moeller, Quenzer and Coy) clocked a time of 10:28.55.
Dakota State will be sending seven runners - Boomsma, Coy, Fritz, Sveen, Warnke, Williams and Uher - to the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. The three-day national meet will be held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 28-March 2.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director