October 24, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University women's and men's cross country teams prepare for their final regular-season meet on Saturday. The Trojans compete in the Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational in Yankton, S.D., featuring numerous teams from the Midwest region.
MOUNT MARTY (S.D.) INVITATAIONAL: All three members of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference (Dakota State, Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.) and the majority members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference are expected to run in the meet. The meet will be held at the Human Services Center on the north side of Yankton off of United States' Highway 81. The women's 5K race is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 8K race to begin at approximately 11:15 a.m.
HOFFMAN NAMED TO NSAA RUNNER-OF-THE-WEEK FOR THE SECOND TIME: Senior Michael Hoffman was chosen as the NSAA Men's Cross Country runner-of-the-week for the second time this season. He was picked in the third edition of the NSAA weekly honor on Oct. 15. Hoffman posted his career-best time of 25 minutes and 51.87 seconds to gain a ninth-place finish in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Invitational, featuring a total of 133 runners from various NCAA and NAIA schools on Oct. 12. It was his second time this season that he placed in the meet's 'Top 10' (he placed fourth in the Herb Blakely Invitational in Madison on Sept. 14).
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State men's cross country team finished ninth with 245 points in the Briar Cliff Invitational on Oct. 12 at Adams Nature Preserve. Hoffman placed ninth with a time of 25:51.87. Michael Carson finished 57th in 27:54.03, followed by Steve Selchert 80th-place finish in 28:52.75, Jared Sutton 89th in 29:22.75, Jared Truman 102nd in 30:14.31 and Caleb Hemphill 104th in 30:34.72. DSU women's cross country team had four runners competed in the meet. Kayla Sveen recorded a 69th place finish with a time of 21:58.99. Brooke Fritz was 78th in 22:41.34. Anastasis Gentles ran a time of 22:57.32 to earn 82nd place finish. Victoria Sopko was 84th in 23:11.59.
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). The postseason qualifying meet give the runners their Stay tuned for more information on the postseason qualifying meet in a few weeks.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: In the sixth weekly unaffiliated – MCAC/North Star rankings as of Monday, the Dakota State men's cross country team is ranked third. Valley City State is the top team in the rankings, followed by Haskell (Kan.) second. York (Neb.) is fourth, followed by Jamestown (N.D.) fifth, Oklahoma Wesleyan sixth, Central Christian (Kan.) seventh and Waldorf (Iowa) eighth. On the women's side, the Trojans are ranked second in the North Star weekly rankings. Jamestown is first and Valley City State is third.
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: The Dakota State University cross country teams will be running in the postseason qualifying meet on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Lawrence, Kan. The meet will feature combined runners from the North Star Athletic Association and Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director