STORM LAKE, Iowa - Dakota State women's 4 x 800-meter relay team national qualifier, Seth Boomsma's facility and meet record time in the men's 55-meter dash, Andy Coy's automatic qualifying time in the men's 800-meter run and Ryan Gimbel's first-place in the men's weight throw highlighted the day Saturday at the Buena Vista Open. The meet was held at the Lamberti Recreation Center/Dennis Young Track, hosted by NCAA Division III Buena Vista University.
The Trojan women's 4 x 800-meter relay team - Kayla Sveen, Stephanie Warnke, Brooke Fritz and Stephanie Uher - recorded a national qualifying time of nine minutes and 51.34 seconds. As a result, the relay team captured a second-place finish in the event.
Boomsma clocked a time of 6.33 seconds for a first-place in the men's 55-dash prelims. D'Artist Williams placed fourth with a time of 6.56 seconds. Stacey Berg was 10th in 6.74 seconds. Trevor Reddick was 33rd in 7.16 seconds.
In the men's 55-meters finals, Boomsma captured the individual title by setting the BVU's facility and meet record time of 6.31 seconds. Williams claimed the runner-up honor with a time of 6.49 seconds.
Coy qualified his second event for the NAIA Nationals with a second-place finish in the men's 800-meter run. He clocked a national qualifying time of 1:53.88. Steve Selchert finished 11th in 2:02.83.
Gimbel won the men's weight throw by improving his personal best and DSU school record measurement of 50 feet and .5 inches. Trevor Van Tilburg was 13th (40 feet and 1.25 inches) and Trevor Rossknecht placed 16th (38 feet and 11.75 inches).
Gimbel finished second in the men's shot put. He threw a measurement of 43 feet and 7 inches.
Three DSU women's runners placed in the top 8 in the 800-meter run. Warnke claimed a second-place finish with a time of 2:25.90. Sveen added a fourth-place finish in 2:27.95. Fritz was seventh with a time of 2:35.70.
Nic Penning recorded a second-place finish in the men's one-mile run. He clocked a time of 4:29.51.
Summer Bronson finished third in the women's 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.19 seconds, improving her 9.24 seconds for a third-place in the prelims. On the men's side, Zach Ely placed seventh in the finals with a time of 8.38 seconds (8.39 seconds in the prelims). Justin Templeton recorded a time of 8.55 seconds (ninth-place) and Chad Pelkofer was 13th (8.81 seconds) in the prelims.
In the 200-meter dash, Williams placed fourth with a time of 23.30 seconds on the men's side. Berg was 13th in 23.73 seconds. On the women's side, Summer Bronson was 17th (28.85 seconds) and Victoria Sopko placed 30th (31.00 seconds).
Uher clocked a time of 1:02.22 for a fourth-place finish in the women's 400-meter dash.
Sopko placed fourth in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:49.20. Jared Truman was eighth on the men's side in 1:29.71.
In the women's 3000-meter run, Anastasia Asimakopoulos finished seventh in 12:16.22. Amber Wiebenga placed 12th in 13:43.53.
Ashley Currey recorded a ninth-place finish in the women's weight throw. She improved with her season-best measurement of 37 feet and .25 inches. Shayna Dwyer was 14th (34 feet and 4 inches).
Dwyer placed 13th in the women's shot put with a measurement of 31 feet and 10 inches. Currey was 14th (31 feet and 6.5 inches).
DSU women's 4 x 400-meter relay team (Sveen, Bronson, Warnke and Uher) was fourth with a time of 4:14.24. The Trojan men's relay team (Coy, Berg, Gabe Samuelson and Mark Moeller) was eighth in 3:35.66. The other DSU men's relay team - consisted of Truman, Selchert, Pelkofer and Andy Quenzer - was 11th with a time of 3:40.33.
In the men's 4 x 800-meter relay, DSU (Moeller, Quenzer, Samuelson and Selchert) clocked a time of 8:10.22 for a sixth-place finish.
Dakota State will compete in two different meets next weekend. The Trojans will take partial members of the track team to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, hosted by the University of Nebraska. The meet will be held in Lincoln, Neb. on Feb. 1-2. The majority of the DSU indoor track and field team will travel to Storm Lake, Iowa for the second straight week. They will compete in Dennis Young Classic at the Lamberti Recreation Center/Dennis Young Track on Feb. 2.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director