THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University indoor track and field teams prepare for the final regular-season meet Saturday at the Buena Vista Relays. Saturday's meet mark the last chance for athletes to make a national qualifying mark for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet.
BUENA VISTA RELAYS: Saturday marks the third time that DSU had made the trip to the Lamberti Recreation Center/Dennis Young Track in Storm Lake, Iowa. The first events are scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. with the weight throw, triple jump and high jump. The 55-meter hurdles kick off the running events at 11:45 a.m. The last event is slated for 3:20 p.m. with the 4 x 400-meter relay.
BOOMSMA & UHER MENTIONED: Seth Boomsma and Stephanie Uher were mentioned in the NAIA Indoor Track and Field national runner of the week's nominees section. Boomsma won the 55-meter dash at the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational on Feb. 9. He clocked a national qualifying time of 6.39 seconds. Uher won the women's 600-meter run title on Feb. 9 in Sioux Center, Iowa. She recorded a national qualifying time of one minute and 38.19 seconds.
NAIA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONAL QUALIFERS: Dakota State currently has seven runners qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Seth Boomsma had made his spot in the men's 60-meter run by recording the third-best time in the nation (6.77 seconds from the Iowa State Open). Andy Coy qualified for the nationals in two different events. He clocked a time of 4:14.73 from the Iowa state Open, which is the fourth-best time in the NAIA. Coy recorded a time of 1:53.88 from the Buena Vista Open in the men's 800-meter run (sixth best time in the nation). Stephanie Uher had secured a spot at the NAIA Nationals in the women's 600-meter run. She finished with a time of 1:37.68 from the Iowa State Open. The Trojan 4 x 800-meter relay - Kayla Sveen, Stephanie Warnke, Brooke Fritz and Uher - qualified for the national by recording a time of 9:51.34 from the Buena Vista Open. The relay's time is the 15th-best in the NAIA.
LAST TIME OUT: Two Dakota State runners captured the individual titles at the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational on Feb. 9. Stephanie Uher won the women's 600-meter run by clocking a national qualifying time of 1:38.19. Seth Boomsma claimed the men's 55-meter dash title with a qualifying time of 6.39 seconds. D'Artist Williams was second in the 55-meter dash and missed by .01 seconds to qualify for the NAIA nationals (6.48 seconds). Stacey Berg placed third in the men's 200-meter dash (23.07 seconds). Three DSU women's runners dominated the 1000-meter run where Stephanie Warnke finished fourth in 3:08.27, Kayla Sveen fifth in 3:14.16 and Brooke Fritz seventh (3:17.73). Steve Selchert placed fifth in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.50. Mark Moeller raced to a sixth-place finish in the men's 600-meter run (1:25.26).
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: The NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships will be held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The three-day event kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 28 and runs through Saturday, March 2.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director