January 28, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) swept the second edition of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Indoor Track & Field players-of-the-week honors, announced Tuesday. Ryan Gimbel was selected to Field Athlete-of-the-Week while Seth Boomsma was named to Track Athlete-of-the-Week.
Gimbel continued to break his personal-best and DSU school records in the men's weight throw. He earned runner-up honors and NAIA top-place finisher at the Wildcat Open in Wayne, Neb. on Jan. 25. Gimbel threw a new record measurement of 15.65 meters (51 feet and 4.25 inches), breaking his previous record of 51 feet set at the Dordt (Iowa) Open on Jan. 18.
Gimbel also placed sixth in the men's shot put with a measurement of 13.81 meters (45 feet and 3.75 inches). He was also the top NAIA place-finisher in the event.
Ryan is the son of Larry and Theresa Gimbel of Hill City, S.D. He is a senior Business Education major at Dakota State University.
Boomsma earned the NSAA Men's Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week for his second straight week. He won the men's 60-meter dash prelims and finals at the Wildcat Open. He was the top runner in the prelims with a time of 6.96 seconds and advanced to the finals.
Boomsma captured the individual title by improving his time to 6.83 seconds, which is also a national qualifying mark. He already qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Nationals after setting an automatic qualifying time at the Dordt (Iowa) Open on Jan. 18.
It was the second straight week that he had won both prelims and finals (55-meter dash at Dordt Open and 60-meter dash at Wildcat Open).
Seth is the son of Terry and Stacey Boomsma of Crooks. S.D. He is a junior Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.
Dakota State returns to action this weekend, competing in the Minnesota State-Mankato Open. The two-day event kicks off on Friday in Mankato, Minn. and continues through Saturday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director