January 23, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University indoor track and field teams will continue their action Saturday. The Trojans compete in the Wildcat Open, hosted by NCAA Division II Wayne State (Neb.).
WILDCAT OPEN: The Wildcat Open will be holding their 12th annual indoor track and field meet. The meet takes place at Wayne State College Recreation Center. The first field events are scheduled to kick off at 10:30 a.m. with the men's weight throw, women's long jump, men's high jump and women's pole vault. The first running events are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.
BOOMSMA EARNS FIRST-EVER NSAA WEEKLY HONOR: The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) had selected Seth Boomsma as its first-ever men's indoor track athlete-of-the-week. Boomsma produced a national qualifying time in the men's 55-meter dash as he was the top runner in the prelims with a time of 6.46 seconds. In the finals, Boomsma improved his time to 6.32 seconds to claim the individual title. He was the top NAIA place-finisher in the race as the second-place runner from NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State recorded a time of 6.42 seconds.
NAIA INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD QUALIFIER: Seth Boomsma qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships for his second straight year. He clocked a national qualifying time at the Dordt (Iowa) Open as he won the men's 55-meter dash with a time of 6.32 seconds. Boomsma is an NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-American athlete after earning a runner-up honor in last year's national meet in the 60-meter dash. This year's NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet will be held on March 6-8 in Geneva, Ohio.
THROWERS SET SCHOOL RECORDS: Two Dakota State University throwers had set new DSU school records in weight throw at the Dordt (Iowa) Open on Jan. 15. Ryan Gimbel continued to break his personal and DSU school records in the men's weight throw. He threw a measurement of 51 feet for a third-place finish. Shayna Dwyer set a new DSU school record in the women's weight throw. She recorded a measurement of 44 feet and 5.25 inches (broke the old school record set by Ashley Currey with 43 feet and 0.5 inches in 2013). Dwyer finished 10th in the event.
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 heads to Minnesota to compete in the Minnesota State-Mankato Open. The two-day event kicks off on Friday, Jan. 31 and continues through Feb. 1 in Mankato, Minn.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director