January 16, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University women's and men's indoor track and field teams kick their first track meet of 2014 season Saturday at Dordt (Iowa) Open in Sioux Center, Iowa. The meet will be held at the Dordt College Recreation Center. The Trojans return back to action after a month-long break from their last meet on Dec. 7 in Mankato, Minn.
DORDT (IOWA) OPEN: Teams competing in the Dordt (Iowa) Open along with DSU include Southwest Minnesota State, Dordt, Morningside, Mount Marty, Northwestern (Iowa), Briar Cliff (Iowa), Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), University of Sioux Falls (S.D.), Augustana (S.D.), Southwestern Community College, North Iowa Community College and South Dakota Mines. The first field events are scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. with the women's long jump, men's pole vault, women's weight throw and men's high jump. The running events kick off with the women's and men's 1000-meter runs at 10:30 a.m.
SVEEN CLAIMS WOMEN'S 1000-METER RUN: Kayla Sveen of Dakota State won the women's 1000-meter run at the Minnesota State-Mankato Preseason Open on Dec. 7 in Mankato, Minn. She ran a time of three minutes and 25.21 seconds to claim the individual title.
FOUR DSU SET PERSONAL BESTS: Four Trojans had set personal best in their last meet at Minnesota State-Mankato Preseason Open on Dec. 7 in Mankato, Minn. Mark Moeller recorded his personal best in the men's 600-meter run with a time of 1:23.87 – just one second shy to reach a national qualifying time. Michael Hoffman clocked a personal best time of 8:52.53 in the men's 3000-meter run. Ryan Gimbel recorded a personal best of 45 feet and 11.25 inches in the men's shot put. Trevor Van Tilburg threw a measurement of 45 feet and 11.75 inches, setting a new personal record for Van Tilburg.
TROJANS IN LONG DISTANCE: Dakota State placed two runners in the 'top five' in the men's one-mile run in the Minnesota State-Mankato Preseason Open on Dec. 7. Taylor Hauge produced a time of 4:47.24 to earn a runner-up honor in the event. Caleb Hemphill was fourth in 5:06.22. Steve Selchert was second in the men's 1000-meter run with a time of 2:41.09. Jared Sutton was fourth in 2:45.12. Anastasia Gentles placed 10th in the women's 3000-meter run (12:54.61).
THROW LONG: Ryan Gimbel placed fourth in the men's shot put (45 feet and 11.25 inches) in the Minnesota State-Mankato Preseason Open on Dec. 7. He was also fourth in the men's weight throw with a measurement of 49 feet and 7.25 inches. Trevor Van Tilburg was fifth in the weight throw (45 feet and 11.75 inches). On the women's side, Ashley Currey threw a measurement of 40 feet and 7.5 inches to finish 15th in weight throw. Shayna Dwyer was 18th (37 feet and 11.5 inches). She was 12th in shot put (33 feet and 10.25 inches), while Currey placed 16th (32 feet and 4.75 inches). Kelci Viesselman was 17th (31 feet and 6.75 inches).
COACHES' CORNER: Dakota State University track and field head coach Buzz Stevenson has been involved in sports since his high school days in Ipswich, S.D. and has been a coach and teacher for more than 45 years. While at DSU, Stevenson has garnered 14 South Dakota-Iowa Conference Coach of the Year titles and two NAIA Great Plains regional cross-country coach of the year awards. He has accumulated 14 SDIC championships and his athletes have produced 57 All-American honors. Anthony Drealan is in his third year as an assistant coach in track and field. Alex Glover enters his first season with the DSU track & field program as the throwing coach. Cody Foreman is also an assistant track and field coach for the Trojans.
UP NEXT: Dakota State continues their action next Saturday (Jan. 25) as they compete in the Wildcat Open, hosted by NCAA Division II Wayne State (Neb.). The meet is held at WSC Recreation Center in Wayne, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director