January 25, 2014
WAYNE, Neb. – Fifteen different Dakota State University indoor track and field athletes were placed in the 'Top 8' – including two individual champions – in the 12th Annual Wildcat Open Saturday at WSC Recreation Center (hosted by Wayne State). Two DSU runners set records in the meet, while two additional school records were broken in the throwing events.
Three Trojan men's runners qualified for the 60-meter dash finals after placing in the prelims' top eight. Seth Boomsma clocked a time of 6.96 seconds, which was the best runner in the prelims. Marty Hargrove recorded a time of 7.16 seconds for a fifth-place finish in the prelims, while his teammate Spencer Carlson was seventh in 7.23 seconds. D'Artist Williams was 13th (7.32 seconds) and Trevor Jacobsen placed 15th (7.35 seconds) in the prelims and did not advance to the finals.
Boomsma won the men's 60-meter dash title as he improved his time to 6.83 seconds (national qualifying mark – he already qualified for nationals last week at Dordt, Iowa Open). His time set a new meet record for the fastest time at the WSC Recreation Center in the men's 60-meter dash.
It was the second straight week that Boomsma had won both prelims and finals in the event.
Carlson was third in the men's 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.12 seconds. Hargrove was seventh in 7.14 seconds.
Zach Ely clocked a time of 8.85 seconds to earn a second-place finish in the men's 60-meter hurdles prelims. Edward Clark was fourth in 9.10 seconds. David Sotir placed fifth in 9.34 seconds. All three hurdlers advanced to the finals.
Ely won the 60-meter hurdles finals as he set a new personal record of 8.74 seconds. Clark ran a time of 9.07 seconds to earn third-place. Sotir was fifth in 9.40 seconds.
Jacobsen was fifth in the men's 200-meter dash in 24.01 seconds. Clark was eighth with a time of 24.78 seconds. Hargrove finished ninth in 24.81 seconds.
Ryan Gimbel continued to break his personal and DSU school records in the men's weight throw. He claimed a runner-up honor – as well as the top NAIA place-finisher in the event – with a new record of 51 feet and 4.25 inches (previous old mark was 51 feet in the Dordt Open on Jan. 18). Trevor Van Tilburg was eighth with a throw measurement of 46 feet and 4 inches.
Gimbel earned a fifth-place finish in the men's shot put with a measurement of 45 feet and 3.75 inches.
Another DSU school record was broken in the women's weight throw. Ashley Currey recorded a throw measurement of 46 feet and 7.25 inches for an 11th-place finish. She broke the previous old record mark of 44 feet and 5.25 inches set by Shayna Dwyer last Saturday (Jan. 18) at the Dordt Open. Dwyer was 12th with a measurement of 43 feet and 5.75 inches. Kelci Viesselman placed 21st (38 feet and 8.25 inches).
Clara Schild threw a measurement of 36 feet and 4.25 inches to finish tied for 11th-place in the women's shot put. Currey placed 14th with a measurement of 35 feet and 8.75 inches. Dwyer finished 19th (33 feet, 1 inch). Viesselman was 20th (31 feet, 4 inches).
Sveen was sixth in the women's 800-meter dash with a time of 2:31.02.
Sara Friesen was fifth in both women's 60-meter dash prelims and finals. She ran a time of 8.85 seconds in the prelims and finished with a time of 8.94 seconds in the finals.
Anastasia Gentles placed ninth in the women's one-mile run with a time of 6:23.53. Jared Sutton finished 14th on the men's side with a time of 4:49.46. Taylor Hauge was 15th (4:49.56), Michael Carson 25th (5:00.21) and Caleb Hemphill 28th (5:05.92).
Brandon Knuston clocked a time of 57.16 seconds to finish 10th in the men's 400-meter dash. Claudi Tejada was 11th in 57.23 seconds.
The DSU men's 4 x 400-meter relay – Sotir, Tejada, Sutton and Knutson – placed ninth in 3:50.60.
Dakota State will head to Mankato, Minn. for a two-day event in the Minnesota State-Mankato Open. The first event is scheduled to kick off on Friday and continue through Saturday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director