March 4, 2014
THIS WEEK: Dakota State (S.D.) will be sending Seth Boomsma to the 49th Annual Men's Indoor Track & Field National Championships. The three-day national meet kicks off on Thursday (March 6) and runs through Saturday (March 8) at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
NAIA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD MEET: SPIRE Institute will serve as the host venue for the fourth straight year. There are over 300 men's athletes that will make the trip to Geneva. The championships begin on Thursday with the women's pentathlon at 1 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and the men's heptathlon at 1:30 p.m. (EST). The running events get underway at 4 p.m. (EST) with the women's 5,000-meter semifinals. On Friday, the track events are scheduled to start at 12 p.m. (EST). There will be a championship ceremony on Saturday at 12 p.m. (EST). The awards ceremonies are slated for 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING: All sessions of the National Championships will be video-streamed live as the NAIA partners with NeuLion. Fans can watch all events for a total of $5.95 for the entire championship. For more information, click on https://www.nmnathletics.com//subs/Landing.dbml?SPSID=646086&SPID=100506&&DB_OEM_ID=27900&db_oem_id=27900 and make sure you click on the '2014 Indoor Track & Field National Championships.'
BOOMSMA TO MAKE SECOND STRAIGHT NATIONAL APPEARANCE: Seth Boomsma will be making his second consecutive trip to the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. In his first appearance last March 2013 at the national meet, he earned a runner-up honor as he clocked a time of 6.75 seconds in the men's 60-meter dash finals. As a result, Boomsma earned his first NAIA All-American honor at Dakota State.
FOUR TIMES AS NSAA INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK: Seth Boomsma was named to the North Star Athletic Association Indoor Men's Track Athlete-of-the-Week for the fourth time this season on Feb. 25. He recorded a time of 6.94 seconds in the 60-meter dash prelims and improved his time to 6.85 seconds at the Buena Vista Relays on Feb. 22 in Storm Lake, Iowa.
SECOND FASTEST RUNNER IN THE NATION: Seth Boomsma is currently the second fastest runner in the nation. He clocked a time of 6.77 seconds at the Minnesota State-Mankato Open on Feb. 1. John Broaden of Indiana Tech holds the nation's fastest time of 6.75 seconds on Dec. 7, 2013.
BOOMSMA'S SCHEDULE AT NAIA NATIONALS: Seth Boomsma will be running in the men's 60-meter dash semifinals on Friday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. (EST). The finals of the men's 60-meter dash is scheduled for Saturday at 1:25 p.m. (EST).
TROJANS FINISH STRONG: Dakota State concluded their indoor track & field regular-season schedule on Feb. 22 at the Buena Vista Open. The Trojans had a total of 10 athletes set a new personal records at the meet. Ryan Gimbel broke a new DSU school record in the men's weight throw (53 feet and .25 inches). Trevor Van Tilburg had set a new personal best with a measurement of 47 feet and 3 inches. Shayna Dwyer threw a new personal record measurement of 35 feet and 8.75 inches in the women's shot put. Two men's runners had set new personal bests in the men's one-mile run – Jared Sutton (4:37.14) and Taylor Hauge (4:37.93). Edward Clark (8.93 seconds) and David Sotir (8.89 seconds) each recorded a new personal best time in the men's 60-meter hurdles. Sotir also clocked a personal best time of 23.91 seconds in the men's 200-meter dash. Spencer Carlson had a personal best time of 7.10 seconds in the men's 60-meter dash. Sara Friesen set a personal best time in the women's 60-meter dash (8.70 seconds). Jared Truman ran a time of 1:27.95 to earn his personal best in the men's 600-meter dash.
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 Fremont Half-Marathon will be held on Saturday, March 15 in Fremont, Neb. The Trojan outdoor track & field season kicks off on March 29 as they host its home meet – the Trojan Invitational – at the Trojan Field in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director