THIS WEEK: Dakota State will race in the final tune-up before the postseason action on Saturday morning at the Graphic Edge Invitational in Yankton, S.D. The women's race will start at 10:30 a.m., and the men's race starts at 11:15 a.m.
GRAPHIC EDGE INVITATIONAL: The Graphic Edge Invitational is hosted by Mount Marty College, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The event will be held at the Human Services Center Grounds. The women's will run a 5,000-meter course, while the men's have an 8,000-meter route. The meet will feature numerous schools from the GPAC and former Dakota Athletic Conference. Besides Dakota State and host-team Mount Marty, the following teams are expected to compete: Valley City State, Presentation (S.D.), Northwestern (Iowa), Morningside, Minot State, Midland, Jamestown, Hastings, Dordt (Iowa), Dickinson State, Dakota Wesleyan, Concordia (Neb.) and Briar Cliff. Over 170 runners are expected to run in each race.
WHAT ANTHONY DREALAN SAYS: "We are very excited and prepared for this weekend," said DSU's assistant cross country coach. "Mount Marty hosts a great meet and it is one of the most competitive meets that feature quality schools in the Midwest area. We have had a tremendous two weeks of training. Now, we just need to get out and race hard."
LAST TIME OUT: The Dakota State University men's cross country recorded 181 points for a sixth-place finish in the Briar Cliff Invitational on Oct. 8. Matt Fideler was 12th with a time of 25 minutes and 23 seconds. Nic Penning placed 31st in 26:11 and Michael Hoffman was 40th (26:33). The Trojan women's cross country team scored 341 points for a 12th place finish. Stephanie Warnke recorded a time of 19:11 for a 26th-place finish.
INDEPENDENT RANKINGS: DSU men's team continues to hold strongly in third place in the weekly independent's rankings. Dakota State women's team moved up one spot from fifth to fourth place.
COACHES' CORNER: Buzz Stevenson returns back to head cross country coach this fall. He has been involved in sports since his high school days in Ipswich, S.D. and has been a coach and teacher for 45 years. While at DSU, Stevenson has garnered 14 South Dakota-Iowa Conference Coach of the Year titles and two NAIA Great Plains Athletic Region Cross Country Coach of the Year awards. Stevenson has accumulated 14 SDIC championships and his athletes have produced 57 All-American honors. Anthony Drealan is in his first year as an assistant coach in cross country. He competed for the Trojan cross country and track teams. He holds numerous records and was a two-time NAIA All-American athlete. Drealan also helped DSU win its first-ever Dakota Athletic Conference championship in cross country during the fall of 2009.
WHO'S RUNNING: Buzz Stevenson will run the athletes listed below on Saturday:
|John Bintliff||Claire Beck|
|Jacob Cassutt||Summer Bronson|
|Andy Coy||Nicole Jurrens|
|Matt Fideler||Sara Schultz|
|Kace Groff||Stephanie Warnke|
|Michael Hoffman||Amber Wiebenga|
UP NEXT: Dakota State will start their postseason action on Nov. 5 as they travel to San Marcos, Calif. to compete in the first-ever Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Cross Country Championships.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director