April 11, 2014
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Dakota State University competed in their first outdoor track & field meet Friday afternoon at the 50th Annual Sioux City Relays at Olsen Stadium. The two-day premier event features numerous schools and athletes from all levels from the Midwest area.
Ashley Currey set a new DSU school record in the women's hammer throw. She was the top NAIA place finisher with a measurement of 140 feet and 3 inches to earn 10th-place finish. Currey broke the previous old record mark of 127 feet and 1 inch by Brittany Pearson in 2011. Shayna Dwyer earned her personal best hammer throw measurement of 117 feet and 3 inches. She placed 24th in the event.
Gimbel earned his personal best measurement in the men's shot put for the Trojans. He finished 10th with a measurement of 46 feet and 7.25 inches.
Kelci Viesselman threw a shot put measurement of 118 feet and 11 inches to finish 13th on the women's side. Currey was 24th (108 feet, 9 inches). Dwyer placed 32nd with a measurement of 105 feet and 4 inches. Kylie Martin finished 40th (88 feet, 7 inches), followed by Clara Schild 41st (87 feet, 3 inches).
The DSU men's 4 x 100-meter relay team advanced to Saturday's final after they placed in the top eight on Friday. The Trojans relay team – consists of D'Artist Williams, Spencer Carlson, Trevor Jacobsen and Marty Hargrove – clocked a time of 42.55 seconds to fifth in the prelims.
The men's 4 x 100-meter relay final is scheduled to run at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Along with Dakota State, South Dakota (NCAA Division I), Dickinson State (N.D.), Northwestern (Iowa), Briar Cliff (Iowa) two teams, Dordt (Iowa) and Augustana (S.D. – NCAA Division II) are scheduled to compete in the finals.
In the 100-meter dash prelims, Carlson clocked a time of 11.18 seconds to earn 14th-place finish. Ely was 21st in 11.43 seconds, followed by Jacobsen 22nd in 11.44 seconds. Hargrove placed 25th with a time of 11.52 seconds. Sara Friesen recorded a time of 14.15 seconds to finish 34th on the women's side.
Dakota State continues their action at the Sioux City Relays with a full day of events at the Olsen Stadium. The first event is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. with the men's discus throw and women's shot put. The first collegiate running event is slated to start at 10 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director