June 6, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State men's cross country and track & field teams owned the South Dakota-Iowa Conference (SDIC) during the 1996-97 season with dominating performances at all three conference meets.
The Trojan Cross Country team began the 1996-97 year by winning the SDIC conference title as five runners placed in the 'Top 10' in the race, scoring 28 points in the race. DSU won the conference title by 33-point margin to the second-place team University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) team with 61 points.
Robert Blasé claimed the individual title with a time of 27 minutes and 34 seconds, followed by his teammate Orlando Velesquez with a time of 27:41.27. John Ecklein added a seventh-place finish in 28:54.70 and Gerald Kubiak an eighth-place finish in 28:59.94. Blasé, Velesquez and Ecklein each earned SDIC All-Conference honors. DSU's head coach Buzz Stevenson was voted the SDIC Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year.
Brian Tvedt was 10th (29:05.69). Mark Stoick ran a time of 29:48.69 to finish 19th, Lance Frohling 28th (30:33.30) and Dominick Damm 29th (30:34.18).
After winning the SDIC Cross Country team title, Dakota State earned an automatic team bid to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships where they placed 17th.
The Trojans won the SDIC Indoor Track & Field Conference Championships in dominating fashion with 144 points. DSU won the team title by a 63-point margin over the second-place team from Black Hills State (S.D.) (81 points), thanks to six event titles and six runner-ups finishes in the meet.
Tvedt, Shane Scholten, Jake Kamps, Ryan Raak and Kurt Wallace were named to the SDIC Indoor Track & Field All-Conference team. A total of 10 DSU athletes – Tvedt, Ecklein, Damm, Kubiak, Blasé, Wallace, Scholten, David Sample, Raak, Kamps and Mark Stoick – qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field national meet. Wallace earned NAIA All-American honors in the men's pentathlon at nationals.
The Trojans broke seven different indoor track records, including three events that were broken by Tvedt. Tvedt ran new school records in the 500-, 800- and 1500-meter runs. The Trojan 4 x 200-meter and 4 x 800-meter relay teams also broke DSU school records.
A pair of DSU school records still stand since 1997 by Scholten in the 55-meter hurdles (7.30 seconds) and Wallace in the pentathlon with 3,606 points.
Dakota State posted another dominating performance as they won the SDIC Outdoor Track & Field Conference title with 141 points, a 41-point rout over second-place BHSU. The Trojans had six event titles and two runners-up honors along with numerous 'Top 6' finishers in the conference meet.
Seven Trojan athletes (Wallace, Tvedt, Scholten, Kubiak, Chad Willard, Kamps and Todd Smidt) earned SDIC All-Conference honors at the conference meet. Wallace was named the SDIC All-Conference Most Valuable Male Athlete.
Four DSU athletes qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals. They were Kubiak, Tvedt, Scholten and Blasé.
Additionally, four Trojan school records were broken in the outdoor season. Tvedt broke a school record in the 800-meter run and 1500-meter run. Blasé set a new DSU school record in the men's marathon. Scholten still holds the DSU school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.30 seconds.
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@example.com. 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 - Lorin Larsen
Thursday, June 5 - Ryan Phillips
Friday, June 6 - Buzz Stevenson
Friday, June 6 - 1996-97 DSU Men's Cross Country & Track/Field SDIC Championship Teams
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director