The 46th Annual Men's and 31st Annual Women's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Track and Field National Championships will take place from March 3-5 in Geneva, Ohio. The event will take place at the GaREAT (Geneva Area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust) Sports Complex.
Four Dakota State University's indoor track and field student-athletes will participate in the national meet.
Senior Devon Berkness (Madison, S.D.) is scheduled to run in the men's 5000-meter run semifinals on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. (ET). A total of 28 runners are expected to run in the event. Berkness is seeded with a time of 15 minutes and 7.13 seconds. Runners need to finish in the top 12 to advance to the finals on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. (ET).
On Friday, sophomores Brittany Young (Casper, Wyo.) and Andy Coy (Hill City, S.D.) will be competing in the national meet. Young is set to run in the women's 800-meter run semifinals at 4:15 p.m. (ET), while Coy will be running in the men's 1000-meter run semifinals at 5 p.m. (ET).
Young is seeded with a time of two minutes and 17.19 seconds in the women's 800-meters. She currently holds a DSU school record of 2:16.79. Eighteen runners are expected to participate in the event. Young was an NAIA All-American at last year's NAIA Indoor Track Nationals where she placed fifth with a time of 2:16.85. The women's 800-meter run finals will take place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (ET) with the top 10 finishers in the semifinals.
Coy qualified for four events for NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships and he will be running in the men's 1000-meter run. He is listed as the eighth best runner in the event with a time of 2:29.79. A total of 22 runners are expected to race the men's 1000-meter run. The top ten semifinals finishers will advance to the finals on Saturday at 1:55 p.m. (ET).
After capturing her third straight DAC championship in the women's high jump, senior Danielle Rowe (Rapid City, S.D.) is participating in the NAIA's women's high jump finals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (ET). She is a two-time NAIA Indoor Track and Field All-American. Rowe finished fourth in last year's national meet. She is currently the third best high jumper with a seed measurement of 1.70 meters or five feet and seven inches, a DSU school record that Rowe set at the DAC Championship meet on Feb. 19. A total of 21 jumpers are expected to compete in the event.
A student-athlete that places in the top six in each individual finals event at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet will earn NAIA All-American honors.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director