THIS WEEK: Dakota State University outdoor track and field teams are preparing to compete in the Red Raiders Open, hosted by Northwestern (Iowa) College. The two-day event kicks off on Friday at 4 p.m. The meet will continue on Saturday with the first event starting at 9 a.m. The meet will be held at the De Valois Stadium.
RED RAIDERS OPEN: Approximately 10 schools, with the majority from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, are expected to participate in the meet. The two-day event will start on Friday with the decathlon and heptathlon at 1 p.m. The first field event takes place at 4 p.m. with the javelin, hammer throw and pole vault. The women's 5000-meter run kicks off at 7 p.m. with the men's to follow. On Saturday, the decathlon and heptathlon will start at 9 a.m. Shot put, discus, high jump, triple jump and long jump take place at 11 a.m. The first running event on Saturday starts at 1 p.m. with the 100-meter dash.
LAST MEET: Numerous colleges and universities (NAIA and NCAA levels) from the Midwest region attended the annual two-day event - the Sioux City Relays - at Olsen Stadium on April 13 and 14. On April 13, Andy Coy improved his national qualifying mark with a second-place finish with a time of one minute and 52.27 seconds. He was the top NAIA place finisher in the event. Nic Penning recorded a time of 33:57.57 for a second-place finish in the men's 10,000-meter run. The Trojan men's distance medley relay team (John Bintliff, Stacey Berg, Andy Quenzer and Matt Fideler) placed fourth in 10:30.15, which is the fourth fastest time in DSU record book. Stephanie Uher finished with a time of 2:19.74 for a tenth-place finish in the women's 800-meter run. Fideler qualified for nationals in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase on April 14. He recorded new DSU school record time of 9:14.66. Summer Bronson was eighth in the women's 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.91. Berg was 10th in the men's long jump with a measurement of 20 feet and 10.5 inches.
GIMBEL CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORD: Ryan Gimbel continued to break his personal best and DSU school record in the men's hammer throw. He recorded a new record of 142 feet for a sixth-place finish at the Sioux City Relays on April 13. Gimbel's previous old record was set in the Trojans' season opener at the Dordt Invitational on April 5 with a throw measurement of 140 feet and eight inches.
NATIONAL QUALIFIERS: DSU currently have three distance runners qualified for NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship. Nic Penning recorded a national qualifying time in the Midland Half-Marathon Meet on March 10 in Fremont, Neb. The 13.1 mile meet, hosted by Midland University, gave individuals an opportunity to compete for a bid in marathon for NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in late May. Penning punched his ticket for nationals as he recorded a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 56 seconds. Andy Coy improved his national qualifying time of 1:52.27 in the men's 800-meter run and a second-place finish in the Sioux City Relays on April 13. Matt Fideler broke a new DSU school record in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase with a national qualifying time of 9:14.66. The NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet will be held in Marion, Ind. on May 24-26.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State outdoor track and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State will take partial team members to the Drake Relays on April 27 and 28 in Des Moines, Iowa. The majority of the Trojan track and field teams return home to compete in its home meet - the Trojan Invitational - on Friday, April 27. The meet will be held at the Trojan Field.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director