January 30, 2014
THIS WEEK: Dakota State University heads to the Myers Fieldhouse Friday and Saturday to compete in the Minnesota State-Mankato Open indoor track and field meet.
MINNESOTA STATE-MANKATO OPEN: The Minnesota State-Mankato Open is a two-day event at the Myers Fieldhouse that will feature schools from NCAA Division II and NAIA. The meet kicks off on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. with the women's weight throw, continuing with the last event starting at 7 p.m. with the men's weight throw. The majority of the events take place on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. (men's heptathlon). The first running event is slated for 12 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.
DSU SWEEPS NSAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD WEEKLY HONORS: Dakota State swept the second edition of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Indoor Track & Field players-of-the-week honors, announced on Jan. 28. Ryan Gimbel was selected to the Field Athlete-of-the-Week, while Seth Boomsma was named to Track Athlete-of-the-Week for his second straight week.
GIMBEL CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS: Ryan Gimbel continues to break his personal and DSU school records in the men's weight throw. He threw a new record of 51 feet and 4.25 inches to earn a runner-up honor in the Wildcat Open on Jan. 25, which he was the top NAIA-place finisher in the event. Gimbel broke his previous old record mark of 51 feet set at the Dordt (Iowa) Open on Jan. 18.
RUN FAST: Seth Boomsma, which already qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Nationals for his second straight season, captured the men's 60-meter dash prelims and finals in the Wildcat Open on Jan. 25. He clocked a time of 6.96 seconds in the prelims, improving his time to a national qualifying time of 6.83 seconds. It was his second straight week that Boomsma had won both prelims and finals in the meet.
CURREY SET DSU RECORD IN WEIGHT THROW: Another DSU school record had been set in the women's weight throw for the second straight week. Ashley Currey threw a new DSU school record measurement of 46 feet and 7.25 inches to earn 11th-place finish (also NAIA top place-finishers) in the Wildcat Open on Jan. 25. She broke the previous old record mark of 44 feet and 5.25 inches set by Shayna Dwyer at the Dordt (Iowa) Open on Jan. 18.
ELY CAPTURES 60-METER HURDLES TITLE: Zach Ely clocked a time of 8.85 seconds to finish second place in the men's 60-meter hurdles prelims in the Wildcat Open on Jan. 25. He improved his time of 8.74 seconds to win the 60-meter hurdles title. His time in the finals set a new personal best time for Ely.
TOP 8 FINISH AT WILDCAT OPEN: 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 on Jan. 25 in Wayne, Neb.
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 will take the majority members of the indoor track and field teams to the University of South Dakota Open on Feb. 8. The meet will be held at the USD DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D. The Trojans will be taking partial members of the indoor track and field teams to the annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, hosted by the University of Nebraska, on Feb. 8.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director