February 6, 2014
THIS WEEK: The majority of the Dakota State University indoor track and field teams head to Vermillion, S.D. Saturday to compete in the University of South Dakota Open. Seth Boomsma and Ryan Gimbel will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to participate in the 39th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Friday and Saturday.
USD OPEN: The University of South Dakota, NCAA Division I school, hosts the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet on Saturday at USD DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D. The meet kicks off at 10:45 a.m. with the men's weight throw and women's long jump. The first running event is slated to start at 1 p.m. with the women's and men's 60-meter hurdles.
FRANK SEVIGNE HUSKER INVITATIONAL: Seth Boomsma and Ryan Gimbel were invited to the 39th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, a primarily NCAA Division I track meet. The two-day meet is hosted by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Gimbel will compete in the men's weight throw on Friday evening at 5 p.m. Boomsma is scheduled to run in the men's 60-meter dash prelims on Friday night at 6:57 p.m. The top 8 runners in the 60-meter dash finals will advance to the finals on Saturday at 2:17 p.m.
DSU PLACES SEVEN DIFFERENT EVENTS IN 'TOP 10' AT MSU-MANKATO OPEN: Dakota State had six different competitors placed in the 'Top 10' at the Minnesota State-Mankato Open, primarily consisted of NCAA Division II schools, on Feb. 1 at Myers Fieldhouse in Mankato, Minn. Mark Moeller finished fourth in the men's 600-meter run with a time of 1:24.09. Zach Ely was sixth in the men's 60-meter hurdles finals in 8.68 seconds. Seth Boomsma placed seventh in the men's 60-meter dash finals with a time of 8.38 seconds. Heather Dearing recorded a leap measurement of 1.59 meters to finish seventh in the women's high jump. Ryan Gimbel was ninth in the men's weight throw with a measurement of 14.82 meters. Victoria Sopko placed 10th in the women's 600-meter run in 1:45.69.
SECOND FASTEST RUNNER IN THE NATION: Seth Boomsma, a two-time North Star Athletic Association Men's Indoor Track & Field runner-of-the-week, clocked a time of 6.77 seconds in the men's 60-meter dash prelims at the Minnesota State-Mankato Open on Feb. 1. His time is currently the second fastest time in the nation, just two seconds behind the nation's top runner from Indiana Tech (6.75 seconds). Boomsma already qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Nationals for his second straight year (he was the national runner-up in the men's 60-meter dash last March, earning his first NAIA All-American status at Dakota State).
ELY IMPROVES HIS PERSONAL BEST TIME: Zach Ely continues to improve his personal best time in the men's 60-meter hurdles. He recorded a new personal best time of 8.61 seconds at the Minnesota State-Mankato Open on Feb. 1 and finished seventh in the prelims. Ely improved to a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.68 seconds. His previous old personal best time was 8.74 seconds after he captured the 60-meter hurdles title at the Wildcat Open on Jan. 25.
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 Sioux Center, Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Trojans compete in the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational at the Dordt College Recreation Center.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director