March 18, 2017
Photo credit by Taylor Hauge
FREMONT, Neb. – Two freshmen Dakota State (S.D.) men's long-distance runners posted national qualifying times Saturday morning in the Midland (Neb.) Half-Marathon race. The half-marathon meet gave the runners an opportunity to qualify for the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in full marathon in Gulf Shores, Ala. on May 25-27.
In order to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Track full marathon event, men's runners need to record a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds and 1 hour, 15 minutes.
A total of ten runners completed the men's half-marathon. Braden Curnow led the Trojans with a runner-up finish after recording a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 33.14 seconds. Maxwell Cruse added a third-place finish, clocking a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 36.44 seconds.
Both Curnow and Cruse qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals later in May. Curnow's time is currently 24th-best time in the NAIA after Saturday's meet, while Cruse's time ranks No. 27.
Senior Michael Carson ran a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 54.30 seconds to finish eighth for Dakota State. He was just 54.30 seconds short in qualifying for the NAIA national meet.
Jacob Klein of Midland won the half-marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 32.39 seconds.
Dakota State kicks off their full outdoor track & field schedule Friday and next Saturday. The Trojans compete in the two-day track meet, the Wildcat Open. The meet is hosted by Wayne State (Neb.) in Wayne, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director