May 9, 2014
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Four schools – Dakota State (S.D.), Dickinson State (N.D.), Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.) – competed in the final regular-season outdoor track & field meet on Friday afternoon at Lokken Field on the campus of Valley City State University. The Trojans placed first in four different events and earned seven runner-up honors at the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Invitational meet.
Dakota State dominated the sprint events in the meet. The Trojans had three runners in the top three in the men's 200-meter dash, led by Marty Hargrove with a time of 23.12 seconds. Spencer Carlson was second in 23.21 seconds, followed by Trevor Jacobsen third with a time of 23.45 seconds. David Sotir clocked a time of 24.45 seconds to finish seventh.
Carlson was the runner-up in the men's 100-meter dash, posting a time of 11.36 seconds. D'Artist Williams was third in 11.50 seconds and Hargrove fourth with a time of 11.64 seconds. Jacobsen placed ninth in 12.08 seconds.
The Trojan men's 4 x 100-meter relay team – Williams, Carlson, Jacobsen and Hargrove – won the title by recording a time of 42.84 seconds.
Michael Hoffman claimed the men's 10,000-meter run with a personal record time of 33 minutes and 9.12 seconds. He is preparing for the upcoming NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in two weeks in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Zach Ely ran a time of 15.46 seconds to win the men's 110-meter hurdles. Sotir was fourth in 16.01 seconds.
Ryan Gimbel, who was selected as NSAA Outdoor Men's Field Athlete-of-the-Week earlier this week, ended his stellar track career as he broke the DSU school record again in the men's hammer throw. He threw with a new record measurement of 150 feet and 3 inches for a second-place finish, breaking the previous old record mark of 144 feet, 3 feet set at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on May 2. Trevor Van Tilburg was fifth (128 feet, 6 inches).
Gimbel also earned a runner-up honor in the men's shot put with a measurement of 45 feet, 10 inches. Zac Woods posted a personal record measurement of 43 feet, 9.25 inches to finish fourth. Van Tilburg was eighth with a measurement of 35 feet, 10.5 inches.
In the men's discus throw, Gimbel was third (125 feet, 5 inches) and Van Tilburg was fifth (119, 9 inches).
Mark Moeller improved his personal record time in the men's 800-meters race, clocking a time of 1:54.68 for a second-place finish. He was just .68 seconds short of producing a national qualifying time. Claudio Tejada added a personal record time of 2:02.84 to finish ninth in the race. Steve Selchert is tenth in 2:06.24.
In the men's 400-meter dash, Jared Truman earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 54.63 seconds.
DSU men's 4 x 400-meter relay team – Tejada, Moeller, Sutton and Selchert – placed fifth with a time of 3:32.07.
The Trojans were 3-4-5 place-finishers in both women's shot put and women's discus throw. In shot put, Schild was third (36 feet, 11 inches), followed by Kylie Martin fourth (36 feet, 4.25 inches) and Currey fifth (35 feet, 7.25 inches). Kelci Viesselman was ninth (32 feet, 2 inches).
Viesselman posted a measurement of 117 feet, 6 inches to finish third in the women's discus throw. Currey was fourth with a measurement of 111 feet, 5 inches. Martin recorded a personal best throw measurement of 104 feet, 8 inches to finish fifth. Schild placed ninth (76 feet, 1 inch).
Sara Friesen ran in the women's 200-meter dash and finished sixth with a time of 30.60 seconds.
It was the final collegiate career track meet for DSU seniors Gimbel, Sotir and Van Tilburg.
Dakota State will be sending Hoffman to the NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 22-24 in Gulf Shores, Ala. He will be running in the men's full marathon, which is slated to compete on Saturday, May 24 at 6 a.m. It will be Hoffman's second appearance at the NAIA Nationals.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director