April 10, 2014
THIS WEEK: Dakota State returns back to action Friday and Saturday as they compete in the annual premier event – the Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa. DSU will be one of the numerous schools from the Midwest region (NAIA and NCAA levels) that are expected to participate this weekend. The two-day event kicks off at 12 noon Friday at the Olsen Stadium.
SIOUX CITY RELAYS: Schools around the Midwest region are expected to compete in the 50th Annual Sioux City Relays. For more information on the Sioux City Relays, go to http://www.screlays.com/. The first event kicks off on Friday with the women's hammer throw at 12 noon and men's hammer throw at 2:15 p.m. Most of the field events take place on Friday afternoon, while the rest of the field events will be completed by Saturday. The first running event starts at Friday at 3:30 p.m. with the 10,000-meter run. The running events continue on Saturday with the 4 x 800-meter relay at 10 a.m. The Sioux City Relays also will feature boys and girls participants from sixth grade through high school levels. Follow the live results from the Sioux City Relays on http://vptiming.com/SCRelays/.
TROJANS HIGHLIGHTS IN LAST YEAR'S SIOUX CITY RELAYS: Dakota State faced a chilly weather at the Sioux City Relays on April 12-13, 2013. Ryan Gimbel threw a measurement of 138 feet and 1 inch to gain a fourth-place finish in the men's' weight throw. Ashley Currey was ninth in the women's weight throw (116 feet, 2 inches). The DSU women's 4 x 800-meter relay, which included a pair of current Trojan runners Kayla Sveen and Victoria Sopko, broke a new school record time of nine minutes and 44.43 seconds for a runner-up honor (which the previous school record time was held for 16 years). The Trojan men's 4 x 100-meter relay, consisting of Mark Moeller, Seth Boomsma and D'Artist Williams, claimed a second-place finish behind NCAA Division I South Dakota State with a time of 42.07 seconds (.04 seconds behind SDSU). DSU had two runners placed in the top 2 in the men's 100-meter dash. Boomsma won title with a time of 10.77 seconds, followed by his teammate Williams with a time of 11.03 seconds.
DSU RETURNS TO ACTION: Dakota State have not competed an outdoor track & field meet yet this season. The Trojans were originally scheduled to compete in two different meets – the Trojan Invitational and the Vance Butler Invitational – earlier this spring season, but due to poor weather conditions had forced to cancel those meets. Dakota State returns back to action for the first time since their final indoor track & field regular-season meet on Feb. 22 in Storm Lake, Iowa.
NAIA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD QUALIFYING LIST: Michael Hoffman is the lone runner from Dakota State that qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship meet. He qualified for the full marathon for his second time in his career after clocking a national qualifying time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 31 seconds to earn second place finish in the Fremont (Neb.) Half-Marathon meet. The NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships take place in Gulf Shores, Ala. on May 22-24.
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 Trojans head to Orange City, Iowa on Thursday, April 17 to compete in the Red Raider Invitational, hosted by Northwestern (Iowa).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director