SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Dakota State University outdoor track and field team competed in the University of Sioux Falls Last Chance meet Saturday at the Lillibridge Track and Field Complex. The meet was the last regular season meet and their last chance to qualify for NAIA Nationals. Four Trojan individuals broke DSU school records.
Dakota State placed four runners in the top five in the men's 1500-meter run. Matt Fideler (junior - Volga, S.D.) captured the event with a national qualifying mark of three minutes and 57.19 seconds. Anthony Drealan (junior - Fulda, Minn.) was second in 3:59.91 and Devon Berkness (junior - Madison, S.D.) placed third in 4:10.91. Michale Hoffman (freshman - Beresford, S.D.) finished fifth in 4:26.19.
The Trojans had strong performances in the women's and men's 800-meter runs. The Trojans had two individuals in both women's and men's races record the top two fastest times in DSU history as the current records are now held by Trojan freshmen Brittany Young and Andy Coy.
Young (Casper, Wyo.) and Stephanie Warnke (sophomore - Fairfax, S.D.) each qualified for NAIA Nationals. Young finished second with a time of 2:15.56 and broke a new DSU school record.
Stephanie Warnke was third in 2:16.18, making her the second fastest time at DSU.
Coy (Hill City, S.D.) qualified for NAIA Nationals in the men's 800-meter run with a new stadium and DSU school record time of 1:52.02. Tyler Van Peursem (senior - Sioux Falls, S.D.) came in second place .04 seconds later and finished with a time of 1:52.06 (second fastest time in DSU men's 800-meter run record). Van Peursem also qualified for nationals.
Donna Lavea (senior - Christchurch, New Zealand) recorded a first place in the women's shot put. She threw a measurement of 44 feet and 4.25 inches (13.52 meters).
In the women's high jump. Danielle Rowe (junior - Rapid City, S.D.) finished in a tie for first place with a leap measurement of five feet and four inches (1.62 meters).
Samantha Warnke (senior - Fairfax, S.D.) placed third in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase. She finished with a time of 12:21.25.
DSU alumnus Eric Bauder captured the men's high jump title. He finished with a leap of six feet and seven inches.
Dakota State will be sending ten athletes - Van Peursem, Coy, Fideler, Drelean, Berkness, Rowe, Lavea, Young and Stephanie Warnke - to NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship meet on May 27-29. The national meet will be held at the Outdoor Sports Complex in Marion, Ind., hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director