THIS WEEK: Dakota State indoor track and field teams return back to action Saturday after a month-long break from their last meet. The Trojans compete in the Dordt Invitational located in Sioux Center, Iowa. The meet will be held at the Recreation Center on the campus of Dordt College.
DORDT INVITATIONAL: The Dordt Invitational kicks off with the four different field events - women's long jump, men's pole vault, women's weight throw and men's high jump - starting at 9:45 a.m. The first running event is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. with the women's and men's 1000-meter runs. The last event is scheduled to start at 3:20 p.m. with the women's and men's 4 x 400-meter relays.
BOOMSMA EARNS A.I.I. MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Seth Boomsma was named to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Male Athlete of the Week, announced on Dec. 10. He barely missed setting a DSU school record in the 60-meter dash in the Minnesota State-Mankato Preseason Open on Dec. 8. After a prelim time of 6.86 seconds, Boomsma won the 60-meter event at 6.82 seconds, .01 seconds short of tying DSU school record. As a result, he qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships where it will be held in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 28 to March 2.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State competed in the Minnesota State-Mankato Preseason Open that featured schools from NCAA Division I and II along with NAIA's Waldorf (Iowa) on Dec. 8, 2012. Boomsma won the 60-meter dash in 6.86 seconds. D'Artist Williams was fifth with a time of 7.03 seconds. Ryan Gimbel broke his previous DSU school record in the men's weight throw with a measurement of 47 feet and 4.25 inches. He finished third in the event. Taylor Hauge placed third in the men's one-mile run in 4:40.06. Anastasia Asimakopulos finished fifth in the women's one-mile run in 6:07.45. Kayla Sveen ran a time of 3:14.43 for a third-place finish in the women's 1000-meter run. Four Trojan runners placed in the top 8 in the 600-meter run, led by Stephanie Uher with a fifth-place finish in 1:43.17. Mark Moeller was third in the men's side with a time of 1:26.13, while Gabe Samuelson was fourth (1:27.99) and Jared Truman placed seventh in 1:32.69.
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 continues their action next weekend with two different meets. Partial members of the DSU indoor track and field team will compete in the Iowa State Open on Jan. 18 and 19 in Ames, Iowa. The majority of the team will travel to Wayne, Neb. to take part in the Wayne State Invitational.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director