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Trojans - Tue, Jun. 3, 2014

June 3, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – Amy Tvedt (Hansen) left her mark at Dakota State University as one of the top distance runners in cross country and track & field history.  She was considered as one of the top two runners alongside with her teammate and DSU's Hall-of-Famer Marie Parker-Sample.

Tvedt hailed from Oakes High School in North Dakota and was a State Track qualifier from seventh grade through twelfth grade.  At Dakota State, she continued that dominance and broke a total of 12 different school records during her senior season.

Tvedt began her collegiate running career at Dakota State with the cross country team in 1995.  She finished as a runner-up with a South Dakota-Iowa Conference (SDIC) All-Conference honor and qualified for the NAIA Cross Country national meet.

She continued her impressive performances by winning the 1500- and 3000-meter runs at the 1996 SDIC Indoor Track & Field Conference Championships.  Tvedt qualified for the national meet in three different events (1000-meters, 1-mile run and 3000-meters) and earned her first NAIA All-American status by placing fourth in the 3000-meter run.  She clocked a new DSU school record time of ten minutes and 11.6 seconds in the event.

Dakota State won the SDIC women's outdoor track & field team title in 1996.  Tvedt was the conference champion in both 1500- and 3000-meters and qualified for the NAIA national meet in the 3000-meter run (19th place finish).  She also set DSU school records in the 1500, 3000 and 5000-meter runs.

Tvedt began her senior season by capturing the SDIC Cross Country Conference individual championship in the fall of 1997.  She went on to run at the national meet where she finished 14th, earning NAIA All-American honors with a time of 18:16.

Amy added another SDIC Indoor Track & Field win in the 400- and 1500-meter runs in 1997.  Tvedt was selected as the SDIC Most Valuable Athlete at the conference meet.  She finished fifth at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field national meet in the 3000-meter run, earning another NAIA All-American honor.  She broke five different school records during the indoor season in the 400, 500, 1500, 1600-meter relay and distance medley relay.

Tvedt completed her amazing outdoor track season by breaking eight different school records in the 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 1600-meter relay, 3200-meter relay and 1600-meter medley relay.  She was the SDIC conference champion in the 3000-meter run and qualified for the nationals.  Tvedt earned the NAIA Academic All-American honor for her academic success.

Overall, Tvedt accumulated eight SDIC individual conference champions, SDIC All-Conference honors on nine different occurrences, qualified for nationals in each cross country, indoor track and outdoor track from 1995-97, and three-time NAIA All-American honors.

Tvedt was voted as DSU's Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year twice in 1996 and 1997.  She graduated from Dakota State with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education in 1998 and received the Masters' of Science in Technology and Computer Education in 2003.

Tvedt extended her running career as she ran in numerous marathons and DSU cross country home meet as an alumni runner.  She currently lives in Clear Lake, S.D. with her husband Brian and their children – Gannon, Tague and Shyla.  Amy teaches at Deuel High School since 1998 and has coached in various positions.  She is also involved as an advisor in middle school student council and yearbook.  She also continues to be an independent web page designer since 2000.

For further information and so that we may plan appropriately for the banquet Saturday evening (June 7), please RSVP by contacting the Athletic Department at 605-256-5229 or e-mail Carla Sudenga at [email protected]. Tickets are $14 per person and may be purchased at the door. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:15 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

2014 DSU Athletic Hall of Fame Series
Monday, June 2 - Desa Rae Cleveland (Doyle)
Tuesday, June 3 - Amy Tvedt (Hansen)
Wednesday, June 4 -
Thursday, June 5 -
Friday, June 6 -

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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