MARION, Ind. - The Dakota State University outdoor track and field competed in the three-day NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at the Outdoor Sports Complex Thursday to Saturday.
The Trojan men's 4 x 800-meter relay team - Andy Coy, Cody Foreman, Matt Fideler and Tyler Van Peursem - captured third place finish in the finals. The relay team finished with a new DSU school record time of seven minutes and 30.74 seconds, 0.3 seconds short for all-time South Dakota 4 x 800-meter relay record currently held by NCAA Division II Augustana College. The previous old school record was set in 1999 by Cory Lunn, Paul Saville, John Ecklein and Shaun Fransen with a time of 7:34.88. With a third-place finish, the relay team members earned NAIA All-American honor.
Van Peursem finished 10th in the men's 1500-meter run. He clocked with a time of 3:56.22, third best time in DSU school record book.
Devon Berkness ran in the men's 10,000-meter run and finished in ninth place. He finished with a time of 32:03.35.
In the men's 3000-meter steeplechase, Anthony Drealan placed 13th with a time of 9:38.32.
Danielle Rowe cleared the high jump with a measurement of five feet and three inches for a 13th place.
Brittany Young and Stephanie Warnke ran in the women's 800-meter run. Warnke advanced to the semifinals and did not qualify for the finals.
The NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet concluded the 2010 Dakota State's outdoor track and field season.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director