April 15, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track & field teams return back to action Wednesday and Thursday as they compete in the Red Raider Invitational.
RED RAIDER INVITATIONAL: The two-day Red Raider Invitational kicks off on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon. The first portion of the field events are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with the hammer throw. The distance running events start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The Red Raider Invitational continues on the second day Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. with the decathlon and heptathlon. The first throwing events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with the shot put and discus throw. The running events begin at 1 p.m. with the 100-meter dash prelims. There will be a live video webcast available at the Red Raider Invitational on Thursday afternoon. The website link is available on http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/northwestern.portal.
CURREY SET DSU SCHOOL RECORD IN HAMMER THROW: Ashley Currey broke a new DSU school record in the women's hammer throw on the season opening outdoor track & field meet. She set a new record by throwing a measurement of 140 feet and 3 inches to finish 10th-place in the event at the 50th Annual Sioux City Relays on April 11, which she was the top NAIA place finisher. Currey broke the previous old record mark of 127 feet and 1 inch set by Brittany Pearson in 2011.
THREE DSU SET PERSONAL RECORDS AT SIOUX CITY RELAYS: Two Dakota State University men's distance runners and a men's thrower had set new personal records at the 50th Annual Sioux City Relays on April 11-12. Ryan Gimbel earned his personal best measurement in the men's shot put. He threw a measurement of 46 feet and 7.25 inches to claim a 10th-place finish on April 11. On April 12, Taylor Hauge ran a new personal best time in the men's 5000-meter run. He clocked a time of sixteen minutes and 48.54 seconds to finish eighth in the race. Jared Sutton improved his personal record in the men's 1500-meter by recording a time of 4:13.68 to finish 28th.
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: Dakota State travels to Yankton, S.D. on Tuesday, April 22 as they compete in the Mount Marty (S.D.) Twilight Meet. The Drake Relays are scheduled for April 26 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director