October 10, 2013
THIS WEEK: Dakota State women's and men's cross country teams return back to action Saturday morning in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Invitational. The Trojans were off last week after running in the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 28 in St. Paul, Minn.
BRIAR CLIFF (IOWA) INVITATAIONAL: The majority of the Great Plains Athletic Conference members will be competing in the Briar Cliff Invitational on Saturday. The women's 5K race is slated for 10 a.m. start with the men's 8K race to follow at approximately 10:45 a.m. The race will be held at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D. (McCook Lake, S.D.).
TROJANS RUN IN TOUGH ROY GRIAK: Dakota State competed in the tough Roy Griak Invitational field, hosted by the University of Minnesota, on Sept. 28. The Trojan men's place 36th as a team with 1,040 points. Over 450 runners from more than 40 different teams, including NCAA Division II and NAIA schools, competed in the race. Michael Hoffman was the top DSU place-finisher with a time of 28 minutes and .9 seconds for a 206th place. Michael Carson was 281st in 28:51.3. Taylor Hauge placed 327th with a time of 29:38.8. Steve Selchert was 375th in 30 minutes and 26.3 seconds. Jared Sutton was 401st in 31:07.7 and Caleb Hemphill finished 403rd (31:12.8).
UPCOMING POSTSEASON QUALIFIYING MEET: The Trojans will be competing in the postseason qualifying meet in Lawrence, Kan. on Nov. 9. Three North Star Athletic Association members – Dakota State, Jamestown and Valley City State – will be running with members of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) – Haskell (Kan.), York (Neb.), Central Christian (Kan.), Oklahoma Wesleyan and Waldorf (Iowa). Stay tuned for more information on the postseason qualifying meet in coming weeks.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: In the fourth weekly North Star Athletic Association cross country ranking, the Dakota State women's team is third. Valley City State is ranked No. 1, followed by Jamestown at No. 2. On the men's side in the unaffiliated MCAC/North Star ranking, Dakota State is ranked No. 3. Haskell is at No. 1, followed by Valley City State at No. 2. York is fourth, followed by Jamestown fifth, Central Christian sixth, Oklahoma Wesleyan seventh and Waldorf eighth.
COACHES' CORNER: Anthony Drealan is entering his first year as Dakota State University head cross country coach and his third with the program. In the past two years, Drealan's distance runners enjoyed terrific success at the national level. Drealan is originally from Fulda, Minn., and graduated in May 2011 from Dakota State University with a degree in Business Education. While at Dakota State, Drealan competed for the Trojan cross country and track teams. Drealan holds numerous school records, including the indoor and outdoor Distance Medley Relay (DMR), as well as the outdoor 5000-meter record. Drealan was a two-time NAIA All-American, once as a part of a national runner up DMR squad at the 2010 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships, and also at the 2009 NAIA National Cross Country Championships. Drealan also helped DSU win its first-ever Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) championship in cross country during the fall of 2009. Drealan completed his master's degree in Health and Human Performance through Adams State University in June 2013. He resides in Madison, S.D with his wife Samantha (Warnke). He will be assisted by long-time DSU cross country/track coach Buzz Stevenson and Cody Foreman.
WHO'S RUNNING: Anthony Drealan will run the athletes listed below on Saturday:
UP NEXT: Dakota State compete in the final regular-season cross country meet on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Trojans run in the Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational in Yankton, S.D. The women's race is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. with the men's race to follow at 11:15 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director