April 21, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track & field teams stay busy this week with two different meets on schedule. The Trojans head to Yankton, S.D. Tuesday to compete in the Mount Marty (S.D.) Twilight meet. On Friday and Saturday, DSU will be sending four men's runners to the 105th Drake Relays meet in Des Moines, Iowa.
MOUNT MARTY (S.D.) TWILIGHT MEET: The Mount Marty (S.D.) Twilight meet kicks off at 2 p.m. with the hammer throw at the Yankton High School track. The first running event is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. with the 3000-meter steeplechase.
105TH DRAKE RELAYS MEET: Dakota State will be sending four men's runners to the 105th Annual Drake Relays on Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, featuring schools from all levels. Seth Boomsma, Spencer Carlson, Trevor Jacobsen and D'Artist Williams will team up the DSU men's 4 x 100-meter relay on Friday morning at 9:17 a.m. Boomsma will also run the men's 100-meter dash on Friday afternoon at 12:33 p.m. For more information about the Drake Relays, go to http://www.godrakebulldogs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15700&ATCLID=207361960.
SECOND STRAIGHT APPEARANCE AT DRAKE RELAYS: Seth Boomsma and D'Artist Williams will be making their second straight appearances at the annual premier event, the Drake Relays. They were part of the DSU men's 4 x 100-meter relay team that produced an automatic qualifying time of 41.73 seconds with Stacey Berg and Mark Moeller last season. Boomsma also ran the men's 100-meter dash where he had qualified for the finals. He clocked a national qualifying time of 10.48 seconds, finishing ahead of a runner from NCAA Division I Georgia.
DSU MEN'S 4 x 100-METER RELAY AT DRAKE RELAYS: The Trojan men's 4 x 100-meter relay team is scheduled to run in the second heat on Friday morning. DSU is slated to compete along with North Central (Ill.-NCAA Division III), Wisconsin-Stevens Points (NCAA Division III), Wisconsin-Platteville (NCAA Division III), Emporia State (Kan.-NCAA Division II), Oklahoma Baptist (NAIA), Dubuque (NCAA Division III) and Augustana (S.D.-NCAA Division II). A total of 32 relay teams are vying for a spot in the finals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
BOOMSMA IN MEN'S 100-METER DASH AT DRAKE RELAYS: Seth Boomsma is scheduled to run in the fourth heat of the men's 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays on Friday afternoon. He is slated to compete with Tyler Askew and Eric Harris of NCAA Division I Purdue (Ind.), Johnathan Farquarshon of Abilene Christian (Texas-NCAA Division II), Trayvon Bromell of NCAA Division I Baylor (Texas), Jerrell Hancock of Minnesota State-Mankato (NCAA Division II) and Alex Koenen of Wisconsin-La Crosse (NCAA Division III). A total of 30 runners are looking for a spot in the men's 100-meter dash finals on Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m.
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.
THROWERS SET PERSONAL RECORDS AT RED RAIDERS INVITATIONAL: All seven DSU throwers had set personal records at the recent meet – the Red Raiders Invitational – on April 17. All seven had set new personal records in discus throws – Kelci Viesselman (124 feet, 2 inches), Ashley Currey (116 feet, 5 inches), Shayna Dwyer (108 feet, 1 inch), Kylie Martin (102 feet, 1 inch), Clara Schild (93 feet, 6 inches), Ryan Gimbel (133 feet, 7 inches) and Trevor Van Tilburg (132 feet, 8 inches). In the hammer throw, Gimbel recorded the third best throw in DSU school record book by throwing a measurement of 141 feet. Dwyer added a personal best on the women's side (122 feet, 4 inches). Currey posted a personal record in the women's shot put with a measurement of 36 feet and 7 inches, while Martin had a personal best of 35 feet and 10 inches.
IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES AT NORTHWESTERN (IOWA) MEET: Two Trojans earned runner-ups in the last meet at the Red Raiders Invitational, hosted by Northwestern (Iowa) in Orange City. Gimbel was second in the men's hammer throw with a measurement of 141 feet. David Sotir was second in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.78 seconds. Mark Moeller placed third in the men's 400-meter dash. He finished with a personal record time of 49.36 seconds, just 0.8 seconds short of producing a national qualifying time.
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 competes in the annual Howard Wood Relays on May 2-3 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director