May 21, 2014
THIS WEEK: Senior Michael Hoffman will be the representative for Dakota State (S.D.) at the 63rd Annual NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, which is slated to kick off Thursday, May 22. The national meet runs through Saturday (May 24) in Gulf Shores Ala.
63RD ANNUAL NAIA MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD MEET: Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium will serve as the host venue for the first time. There are over 400 men's athletes that will make the trip to Gulf Shores, Ala. The championships begin on Thursday with the women's men's decathlon at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) and the women's heptathlon at 10:30 a.m. (ET). Also at 10 a.m. (ET), the women's hammer throw takes place. The opening ceremonies is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. (ET), followed by the running events at 2:30 p.m. (ET) with the 4 x 100-meter relay. Seventy-one events will take place over the three-day span.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING: All sessions of the National Championships will be video-streamed live as the NAIA partners with NeuLion. Fans can watch all events for a total of $5.95 for the entire championship. For more information, click on https://www.nmnathletics.com/regflow/Landing.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=27900&DB_OEM_ID=27900&DB_LANG=C&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT= and make sure you click on the '2014 Indoor Track & Field National Championships.'
AWARD WINNERS ON SATURDAY EVENING: The national champions and award winners will be recognized at 6:50 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. The top eight athletes in each event and top eight relay teams will earn team points and achieve NAIA All-American status.
HOFFMAN'S SECOND APPEARANCE AT NAIA OUTDOOR NATIONALS: Michael Hoffman will be making his second NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field national appearance in his stellar running career. He finished 26th in the men's full marathon during his sophomore season in 2010.
NAIA MEN'S MARATHON PREVIEW: A total of 51 runners are expected to run in the full men's marathon on Saturday early morning at 6 a.m. (CST). Michael Hoffman is one of the two runners from the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) to run in the full marathon (Connor Doppler of Jamestown, N.D.).
HOW HOFFMAN QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS: Michael Hoffman clocked a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 31 seconds to earn a runner-up finish in the Fremont (Neb.) Half-Marathon race on March 15. The national qualifying time in the half-marathon race was between 1 hour, 12 seconds and 1 hour, 14 seconds.
LAST TIME OUT: Michael Hoffman won the men's 10,000-meter run title at the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Invitational meet on May 9 in Valley City, N.D. He clocked a new personal record time of 33 minutes and 9.12 seconds. In addition, DSU crowned three additional titles and earned seven runner-ups at the NSAA Invitational meet. The Trojans dominated the sprint events led by Marty Hargrove's 200-meter run title (23.12 seconds), men's 4 x 100-meter relay (D'Artist Williams, Spencer Carlson, Trevor Jacobsen and Hargrove – 42.84 seconds) and Zach Ely's 110-meter hurdles (15.46 seconds). Carlson earned a pair of runner-up honors in the 100-meter dash (11.36 seconds) and 200-meter dash (23.21 seconds). Ryan Gimbel ended his impressive throwing career by producing a new DSU school record in the men's hammer throw (150 feet, 3 inches) to finish second. He also earned a runner-up honor in the men's shot put (45 feet, 10 inches). Mark Moeller added a second-place finish in the 800-meter race, clocking a personal best time of 1:54.68, .68 seconds short of recording an automatic qualifying time. Jared Sutton placed second in men's 1500-meter run (4:21.53). Ashley Currey threw a measurement of 134 feet, 8 inches to finish second in the women's hammer throw.
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.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director