THIS WEEK: Dakota State will return back to Storm Lake, Iowa for the second time in two weeks as they compete in the Buena Vista Graphic Open on Saturday. The Trojans have two regular-season meets remaining for their chances to qualify for NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships to be held in early March.
BUENA VISTA OPEN: Dakota State competes in the Buena Vista Open on Saturday. The meet will be held at the Lamberti Recreation Center/Dennis Young Track. The weight throw, long jump, high jump and pole vault are expected to start at 10 a.m. The first running event takes place at 10:30 a.m. with the women's and men's distance medley relay.
LAST TIME OUT: The majority of the Dakota State University indoor track and field teams competed in the Dordt Invitational on Feb. 4. Summer Bronson recorded a fifth-place finish in the women's 55-meter hurdles in 9.10 seconds. Stacey Berg clocked a time of 23.42 to finish sixth in the men's 200-mter race in 23.43 seconds. Michael Hoffman placed seventh in the men's one-mile run with a time of 4:42.61. Ryan Gimbel was seventh in the men's weight throw (43 feet and 7.25 inches) and Brittany Pearson was eighth in the women's weight throw (38 feet and 9.5 inches).
UHER QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS: Stephanie Uher clocked a national qualifying time of 1:38.60 for an 11th place finish in the women's 600-meter dash at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Feb. 4 in Lincoln, Neb. The event featured runners from NCAA Division I and II and Uher was the top NAIA place finisher in the event. Uher's mark tied the DSU school record in the women's 600-meter run, which was set by Brittany Young in 2011.
COY AND FIDELER IMPROVES NATIONAL QUALIFYING TIMES: Andy Coy improved his national qualifying in the men's one-mile run on Feb. 4 in the Husker Invitational and placed third (he was the top NAIA place finisher in the event where the field consisted of NCAA Division I runners). He finished with a new DSU school record time of 4:11.12 (previously recorded a national qualifying time of 4:17.03 from the Iowa State Open on Jan. 21). The old DSU record mark was set by former NAIA All-American Tyler Van Peursem in 2010 with a time of 4:13.92. Matt Fideler was eighth with a time of 4:14.24, which he improved from his previous national qualifying time of 4:18.79 set in the Iowa State Open on Jan. 21.
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 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 first year as an assistant coach in track and field. Al Weisbecker joins the coaching staff as an assistant coach as a thrower's coach. Cody Foreman is a student assistant track and field coach.
UP NEXT: Dakota State competes in the final regular-season meet on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Trojans travel to Donald E. Young Gymnasium in Spearfish, S.D. as they compete in the Independent Championships. The meet will feature all former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) members.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director