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Men's Indoor Track & Field - Sun, Feb. 19, 2017

February 18, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) captured three individual titles and five runner-up honors Saturday at the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Indoor Track & Field Conference Championships at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex on the campus of South Dakota State University.  Ten individuals had set personal records at the conference meet.

The Trojans accumulated a total of 87 points, finishing third overall in the team standings behind the conference's winner Dickinson State (N.D.) with 193 points and Waldorf (Iowa) second with 128 points.  Jamestown (N.D.) was fourth with 58 points.  Valley City State (N.D.) edged Viterbo (Wis.) 46-45 for fifth-place.

Saturday's meet was the final opportunity for competitors to post a national qualifying mark for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

Austin Opdahl kicked off the day by winning the high jump for the second straight year in the NSAA Indoor Track & Field conference meet.  He cleared a season-best height measurement of 1.91 meters (6 feet, 3.25 inches) for the Trojans.

In the other field events, Tyler Lems captured a runner-up honor in the shot put for DSU.  He tossed a measurement of 14.13 meters (46 feet, 4.25 inches).

The running events kicked off with the 5000-meter run, where a pair of Dakota State runners recording a personal-best time in the race.  Braden Curnow ran a time of 16 minutes, 5.73 seconds to gain a runner-up honor for the Trojans.  Maxwell Cruse added a fourth-place finish with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds.  Taylor Hauge clocked a season-best time of 17:38.42 to finish 11th overall.

Curnow was seventh in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:36.66, followed by Cruse with an eighth-place finish in 9:41.18 for DSU.

Mark Moeller, who already qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in two different events, won the 800-meters race for the Trojans.  He finished with a time of 1 minute, 57.37 seconds.  Alex Derr was fourth with a time of 2:00.30.

Cameron Harming produced a personal record time of 2:01.54 to earn a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run for Dakota State.  Corey Hermann added a persona-best time of 2:05.41 for a ninth-place finish.

Derr posted his personal-record time of 1 minute, 22.44 seconds to finish as a runner-up in the 600-meter run for the Trojans.  Moeller added a personal record time of 1 minute, 23 seconds to place fourth in the race.

D'Artist Williams produced a personal best time to win the 400-meter run event for Dakota State.  He recorded a time of 50.43 seconds.

Williams added a season-best time of 22.25 seconds to gain a runner-up honor in the 200-meter dash for the Trojans.  Bailey Ludens clocked a personal-best time of 23.27 seconds to finish ninth.  Kennan Kelly also registered a persona-best time of 24.30 seconds to place 18th.

Both Ludens and Kelly produced a personal record in the 60-meter dash.  Ludens registered a time of 7.29 seconds for an eighth-place finish in the prelims, while Kelley was 15th overall in 7.59 seconds.  Austin Row was 18th with a time of 7.73 seconds.

Ludens qualified for the 60-meter dash finals, where he improved his personal record time of 7.28 seconds to earn a seventh place finish for Dakota State.

Claudio Tejada clocked a season-best time of 4 minute, 42.07 seconds to gain a seventh-place finish in the 1-mile run.  Hauge was 11th (4:56.82), followed by Caleb Hemphill with a 12th-place finish in 4:56.82.  Jonathan Lein was 16th with a personal-record time of 5:10.64. 

The Trojan 4 x 800-meter relay team – Hermann, Hemphill, Tejada and Harming – finished with a time of 8:19.97 for a second-place finish in the race. 

DSU's 4 x 400-meter relay team, which included Williams, Harming, Derr and Moeller, recorded a fourth-place finish with a time of 3 minutes, 31.32 seconds.

Dakota State will be sending four runners – Derr, Harming, Moeller, and Tejada – to the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships on March 2-4.  The Trojans have two different qualified for the nationals, the 4 x 800-meter relay and Moeller competing in the 800-meter run.  The national meet is held at David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field in Johnson City, Tenn.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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