November 9, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dakota State had two runners qualify for the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships after their impressive performances Saturday morning in the North Star/Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference qualifying meet at the campus of Haskell (Kan.). Senior Michael Hoffman captured the individual title and freshman Michael Carson qualified for the nationals in helping the Trojans to a second-place finish.
The Trojan men's team had four runners placed in the top 15 in the qualifying meet. As a result, Dakota State placed second with 54 points. Valley City State captured the men's team title with 22 points and earned an automatic team bid for the nationals.
Hoffman won the individual title in the field of 57 runners. He clocked a time of twenty-seven minutes and 23.73 seconds and qualified for the nationals. Carson also qualified for the nationals after placing eighth with a time of 28:36.14.
Taylor Hauge was 11th with a time of 28:49.39. He was just four seconds short in earning the final individual bid to qualify for nationals. Steve Selchert finished 13th in 29:01.06. Jared Sutton ran a time of 29:41.93 to place 21st. Jared Truman posted a time of 30:32.73 to earn 29th-place finish. Caleb Hemphill was 32nd in 30:50.09.
On the women's side, Dakota State finished seventh overall in the meet with 192 points. Jamestown won the team title with 28 points, followed by Saint Mary (Neb.) second with 56 points.
In the 66-runner women's race, Kayla Sveen finished 32nd with a time of 22:45.28. Anastasia Gentles posted a time of 23:17.74 to earn 35th-place finish. Victoria Sopko placed 37th with a time of 23:26.91. Brooke Fritz was 42nd in 23:55.59. Autumn Hazelett ran a time of 27:42.13 for a 62nd place finish.
Carson and Hoffman will return back to Lawrence, Kan. on Saturday, Nov. 23 to run in the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director