THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University indoor track and field teams make their third straight trip to Iowa on Saturday. The Trojans compete in the Dordt Invitational.
DORDT INVITATIONAL: The Dordt Invitational takes place at DC's Recreation Center. The first field events are scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m. with the long jump, pole vault, weight throw and high jump. The running events are slated to start at 10:30 a.m. with the distance medley relay.
UHER & COY SET NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: Stephanie Uher and Andy Coy both set a national qualifying mark at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Feb. 2, which featured numerous schools from all levels. Uher broke a new DSU school record time in the women's 600-meter run. She placed 12th with a time of one minute and 38.26 seconds, 0.34 seconds better than the previous old record time of 1:38.60 set by Uher and Brittany Young. As a result, Uher qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Andy Coy ran in the men's one-mile special race, featuring best runners, primarily from NCAA Division I. Coy was the only NAIA runner in the race and finished 10th with a national qualifying time of 4:15.78.
GIMBEL SCHOOL RECORD-BREAKING: Ryan Gimbel threw a measurement of 50 feet and .75 inches on Feb. 2 at the Dennis Young Classic in Storm Lake, Iowa (5th place finish). He continues to improve his personal best and DSU school record in the men's indoor track weight throw record. His previous old mark was 50 feet and .5 inches for a first-place at the Buena Vista Open on Jan. 26.
FASTEST TIMES IN THE NATION: Two Dakota State men's runners are currently the second-fastest runners in the NAIA as of Thursday. Seth Boomsma produced a DSU school record time of 6.77 seconds in the Iowa State Open's 60-meter dash on Jan. 19. David Walters of Langston (Okla.) is the top runner in the NAIA with a time of 6.68 seconds. Andy Coy clocked a time of 4:14.73 in the men's one-mile run (Iowa State Open on Jan. 19). Doug Benson of Eastern Oregon currently leads the NAIA with a time of 4:11.79.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State took the majority of the team to the Dennis Young Classic, hosted by NCAA Division III Buena Vista University on Feb. 2. The DSU men's 4 x 800-meter relay team - Mark Moeller, Steve Selchert, Andy Quenzer and Gabe Samuelson - captured a second-place honor with a time of 8:11.52. On the women's side (Kayla Sveen, Brooke Fritz, Victoria Sopko and Stephanie Warnke), the Trojans placed fourth in 9:58.06. Nic Penning recorded a time of 15:58.99 to claim a third-place finish in the men's 5000-meters race. Sveen finished the women's 600-meter run with a time of 1:44.05 for a fifth-place finish. Warnke recorded a sixth-place finish in the women's 1000-meter run in 3:12.89. In the men's 800-meter run, Selchert placed seventh with a time of 2:00.43. Stacey Berg finished seventh in the men's 200-meter dash (23.37 seconds).
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 will be making their fourth straight trip to Iowa, and a third overall trip during the indoor track and field season in Storm Lake on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Trojans compete in the Buena Vista Relays for their last chance to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The national meet is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2 in Geneva, Ohio.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director