April 2, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track & field teams are preparing for their upcoming season opener meet on Saturday. The Trojans travel to Sioux Center, Iowa to compete in the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational.
DORDT (IOWA) INVITATIONAL: A total of six teams are expected to compete in the Dordt (Iowa) Invitational at the Open Space Park Football Field. Along with the host-team Dordt, teams slated to participate in the meet are Dakota State, Briar Cliff (Iowa), Morningside (Iowa), Mount Marty (S.D.), Northwestern (Iowa) and Southwest Minnesota State. The meet starts at 11 a.m. with the shot put and discus events. The first running events are scheduled for 12 noon where the women's and men's 4 x 800-meter relay. The meet runs through the afternoon with the last event at approximately 4 p.m. with the women's and men's 4 x 400-meter relay.
HOFFMAN QUALIFIES FOR NAIA NATIONALS IN FULL MARATHON: Two Dakota State men's runners participated in the Midland (Neb.) Half-Marathon on March 15 in Fremont. The half-marathon gave the runners their opportunities to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in full marathon. Michael Hoffman clocked a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 31 seconds to earn a runner-up finish in the half-marathon (to qualify for the nationals, runners need to finish between 1 hour, 12 seconds and 1 hour, 14 seconds in the half-marathon). Taylor Hauge finished fourth in the race with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 19 seconds. Former DSU All-American runner Matt Fideler won the race with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
NAIA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD NATIONALS HEAD TO ALABAMA: The NAIA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will be hosted by the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission in partnership with the city of Gulf Shores, Ala., for the 2014 and 2015 event. Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium will serve as the venue for the 2014 championships from May 22-24 and the 2015 event from May 21-23.
2014 DSU OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE: Dakota State is scheduled to compete in seven different meets on their 2014 outdoor track & field schedule before the postseason meet at the NAIA Nationals. The Trojans head to Sioux Center, Iowa on Saturday for Dordt (Iowa) Invitational. On April 11-12, DSU travels to Iowa to compete in the annual premier event in the Sioux City Relays. DSU will participate in the Red Raider Invitational in Orange City, Iowa on April 17. On April 23, the Trojans travel to Yankton, S.D. to compete in the Mount Marty Twilight Meet. Drake Relays are scheduled for April 26 in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual Howard Woods Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D. take place in Sioux Falls, S.D. on May 2-3. On May 9, Dakota State will participate in the North Star Athletic Association conference meet.
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 travels to Iowa to compete in the annual premier event. The Trojans participate in the Sioux City Relays on April 11 and April 12.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director