November 7, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University cross country teams prepare for the postseason qualifying cross country meet on Saturday morning. The Trojans head to Lawrence, Kan. to run in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA)/Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) conference qualifying meet, hosted by Haskell (Kan.).
NSAA/MCAC QUALIFYING MEET: Three members from the North Star Athletic Association – Dakota State (S.D.), Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.) – along with members of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference – Haskell (Kan.), York (Neb.), Central Christian (Kan.), Oklahoma Wesleyan, Saint Mary (Neb.) and Waldorf (Iowa) – will compete in the postseason qualifying meet. The women's 5K race starts at 10:30 a.m. with the men's race to follow at 11:15 a.m. on the campus of Haskell Indians Nation cross country course.
QUALIFYING TO NATIONALS: There is no team automatic bid for the women's qualifying meet. The top three individuals from the North Star Athletic Association will qualify for NAIA Cross Country National Championships. There is a team automatic bid on the men's side. The team's champions in the men's race will earn an automatic bid for NAIA Cross Country National Championships. Individually, the runners will need to be in the top-15 and top 5 runners that are not on the team's automatic bid will qualify for the national meet. The NAIA Cross Country National Championships is held on Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan.
HOFFMAN EARNS NSAA RUNNER-OF-THE-WEEK FOR THIRD TIME: Michael Hoffman was the top North Star Athletic Association men's runner in the regular-season finale at Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational on Oct. 26 in Yankton. As a result, he was selected by the NSAA as its men's runner-of-the-week for the third time this season. He clocked a time of 26 minutes and 13 seconds to finish 12th in the 159-runner field. Hoffman was previously named to NSAA Men's Cross Country runner of the week on Sept. 16 and Oct. 15.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State ran in the final regular-season meet on Oct. 26 in Yankton, S.D. The meet began with women's 5K race, featuring 129 runners from members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and NSAA. Kayla Sveen placed 98th with a time of 22:24.40. Anastasia Gentles ran a time of 23:01.12 for 110th-place finish. Victoria Sopko finished 112th in 23:32.09. On the men's side, the Trojans placed ninth with 273 points. Michael Hoffman was 12th with a time of 26:13.56. Michael Carson placed 65th in 27:44.29. Steve Selchert was 103rd in 29:03.52. Jared Sutton placed 108th with a time of 29:17.80. Caleb Hemphill ran a time of 30:03.91 for a 125th-place finish.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: Dakota State women's cross country team is ranked second in the seventh edition of the North Star Athletic Association weekly rankings on Oct. 29. Jamestown (N.D.) is first and Valley City State (N.D.) is ranked third. On the men's side, the Trojans are ranked third in the weekly rankings. Valley City State is first, followed by Haskell (Kan.) second. York (Neb.) is ranked No. 4, followed by Jamestown (N.D.) fifth, Oklahoma Wesleyan sixth, Central Christian (Kan.) seventh and Waldorf (Iowa) 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: The NAIA Women's and Men's Cross Country Championships will be held on Nov. 23. The national meet takes place in Lawrence, Kan.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director