February 20, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University indoor track & field teams prepare for their final regular-season meet on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The Trojans compete in the two-day Buena Vista Open. This will be the last chance that DSU indoor track & field athletes have for their chance to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships meet.
BUENA VISTA RELAYS: The Buena Vista Relays meet is in conjunction with the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XI Indoor Championships, hosted by NCAA Division III Buena Vista University. The meet will be held at the Lamberti Recreation Center in Storm Lake, Iowa. The two-day meet kicks off on Friday evening with men's and women's shot put at 7 p.m. The full day action will be held on Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. with the men's and women's weight throw. The first running event is slated for 11:45 a.m. with the women's and men's 60-meter hurdles prelims.
BOOMSMA RUNS FAST AT NCAA DIVISION I MEET: Junior Seth Boomsma claimed the runner-up honor at the NCAA Division I track & field meet on Feb. 15 at the Iowa State Open. He clocked a time of 6.78 seconds to finish second behind men's 60-meter dash champion runner from NCAA Division I Florida. Boomsma recorded a time of 6.84 seconds to win the third heat in the 60-meter dash prelims and advanced to the finals on Feb. 14.
CURREY BREAKS DSU SCHOOL RECORD FOR SECOND TIME: Ashley Currey broke the DSU school record in the women's weight throw for the second time this season after winning the individual title at the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational on Feb. 15. She threw a new school record measurement of 48 feet and 4.5 inches. Currey held the previous old record mark of 46 feet and 7.25 inches at the Wildcat Open on Jan. 25.
TWO TROJANS EARN NSAA WEEKLY HONORS: Seth Boomsma and Ashley Currey were selected by the North Star Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Players-of-the-Week on Feb. 18. Boomsma was named to NSAA Men's Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week after a stellar performance at Iowa State Open on Feb. 14-15. It was his third time this season that he was named to the player-of-the-week honor. Currey earned the North Star Women's Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week after a record-setting performance at the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational on Feb. 15. She won the women's weight throw title in DSU school record and placed ninth in the women's shot put with a measurement of 36 feet and .25 inches.
DSU CROWNS THREE INDIVIDUALS CHAMPIONS AT DORDT (IOWA) MEET: Dakota State had three individual champions at the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational on Feb. 15 in Sioux Center. Two DSU throwers earned first-place in the weight throws and a middle distance runner captured the individual title. Ashley Currey broke a new DSU school record in the women's weight throw to earn the individual title with a measurement of 48 feet and 4.5 inches. Ryan Gimbel recorded a measurement of 51 feet and 1.5 inches to win the men's weight throw event. Mark Moeller ran a time of 1:23.72 to claim the men's 600-meter run for the Trojans. His time is a new personal record.
NINE TROJANS SET PERSONAL BESTS: Nine Dakota State University indoor track & field athletes had set their personal best records at the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational on Feb. 15. Ashley Currey improved her personal record in the women's weight throw with a measurement of 46 feet and 7.25 inches. Mark Moeller recorded a personal best time of 1:23.72 in the men's 600-meter dash. Both Currey and Moeller claimed the individual titles in their event. Michael Hoffman improved his personal best time in the men's 3000-meter run as he finished fourth in 8:50.22. Clara Schild finished fourth in the women's shot put as she improved her personal best measurement of 38 feet and 3.5 inches. Zach Ely clocked a time of 7.97 seconds for his personal best time in the men's 55-meter hurdles. Two DSU men's 55-meter runners had recorded a personal best time – Spencer Carlson with a time of 6.62 seconds and Marty Hargrove with a time of 6.70 seconds. Sara Friesen had set two personal best times at the Dordt (Iowa) meet – 8.07 seconds in the women's 55-meter dash and 29.09 seconds in the women's 200-meter dash. Kelci Viesselman threw a personal best measurement of 41 feet and .25 inches in the women's weight throw.
NAIA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONALS MEET: The 49th Annual Men's and 34th Annual Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships is slated for March 6 through March 8 in Geneva, Ohio. It will be held at the SPIRE Institute. Seth Boomsma – 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-American (runner-up in men's 60-meter dash finals last season) – had qualified for the nationals in men's 60-meter dash for his second straight year. He currently is the second fastest runner in the nation after recording a time of 6.77 seconds at the Minnesota State-Mankato Open on Feb. 1.
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: The NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships meet takes place on March 6 through March 8. The national meet is held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director