May 1, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University outdoor track & field concludes their regular-season schedule as they compete in the annual premier event in Sioux Falls, S.D. Friday and Saturday. The Trojans compete in the 89th Annual Howard Wood Relays.
HOWARD WOOD RELAYS: This will be the 89th year of running the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D., where numerous athletes and school including all levels in college and high school, will be meeting at the Howard Wood Field. The Howard Wood Dakota Relays has experience phenomenal growth since the first one-day event was held on May 4, 1923. Over the years, it has become one of the South Dakota's premier athletic events. More than 3,000 middle school, high school, college and university student-athletes will be competing in the two-day events. For more information on Howard Wood Dakota Relays, go to http://www.dakotarelays.com/.
FRIDAY'S EVENTS: Dakota State kicks off the first day with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m. The field events continues at 1 p.m. with the men's hammer throw, 3 p.m. men's discus and women's high jump, 4 p.m. women's shot put and 5:30 p.m. women's javelin. The first running event for the Trojans are scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m. with the men's 4 x 100-meter relay. DSU is scheduled to compete in the women's 400-meter dash at 4:20 p.m., 200-meter dash at 7:05 p.m., 800-meter dash at 7:35 p.m. and men's 5000-meter run at 9:25 p.m.
SATURDAY'S EVENTS: Saturday's events start with the women's discus throw at 9 a.m. for Dakota State. The men's shot put is slated for 12 p.m. The first running event for the Trojans on Saturday is at 10:10 a.m. with the men's 110-meters hurdles, followed by the 100-meter dash at 10:20 a.m. DSU is also scheduled to compete in the men's 1500-meter run at 12 noon and men's 4 x 400-meter relay at 3:50 p.m.
105TH DRAKE RELAYS RECAP: Dakota State saw four men's runners in action in the 105th annual Drake Relays on April 25 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Trojans kicked off that morning with the men's 4 x 100-meter relay with D'Artist Williams, Spencer Carlson, Trevor Jacobsen and Seth Boomsma. They placed 17th with a time of 42.25 seconds, which is the third fastest time in the DSU men's outdoor track & field record book. Boomsma also ran in the men's 100-meter dash, finishing 21st place with a time of 10.79 seconds (five seconds short of producing a national qualifying time).
SEVEN DSU SET PERSONAL RECORDS AT MOUNT MARTY INVITATIONAL: The Trojans had seven different individuals that set personal records in the Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational on April 22 in Yankton, S.D. Kylie Martin threw a personal record in the women's shot put (37 feet, 3 inches) and discus (104 feet, 7 inches). Shayna Dwyer earned a personal best in the women's discus throw (112 feet, 2 inches). Marty Hargrove ran a personal record time of 23.28 seconds in the men's 200-meter dash. A pair of DSU men's distance runners set a new personal best time in the men's 800-meter run – Mark Moeller (1:58.09) and Jared Sutton (2:00.59). Michael Hoffman and Taylor Hauge also set personal best time in the men's 1500-meter run. Hoffman improved his personal time of 4:07.45, while Hauge recorded a time of 4:19.59 for his personal best.
THROWING JAVELIN: Ashley Currey and Shayna Dwyer threw javelin for the first time this season for Dakota State at the Mount Marty (S.D.) Twilight meet in Yankton on April 22. Dwyer placed 19th with a measurement of 88 feet and 9 inches in the women's javelin. Currey placed 26th (80 feet, 5 inches).
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 heads to Valley City, N.D. on Friday, May 9 to compete in the North Star Athletic Association conference meet. The meet is hosted by Valley City State University (N.D.).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director