April 17, 2017
Photos credits by Barb Stacey-Olajide and Jane Utecht
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State University (S.D.) held their annual Honors Banquet Tuesday evening (April 11) at Dakota Prairie Playhouse. The most outstanding male and female athletes, Dusty Andersen Memorial Award, NAIA Champions of Character, NAIA national and North Star Athletic Association conference awards were given out.
Mark Moeller was selected as the DSU Most Outstanding Male Athlete-of-the-Year award.
Moeller, a senior cross country and track's middle distance runner at Dakota State, earned his third overall NAIA All-American honor after placing fifth in the men's 800-meter run finals at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Nationals on March 4, 2017. He was also a member of the men's 4 x 800-meter relay team that posted its season-best time of 7 minutes, 50.26 seconds to place 10th overall at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field (11-places improvement after being seeded No. 21 before the national meet).
Moeller was the individual champion in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 57.37 seconds at the 2017 North Star Indoor Track & Field conference meet for the Trojans. He was selected to the NSAA Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week honor last winter.
Moeller was also named to NAIA Indoor Track All-American in the men's 800-meters in 2015 and a member of the NAIA Outdoor Track All-American in the 4 x 100-meter relay in 2013. He was part of 4 x 100-meter relay team that currently holds the DSU Men's Outdoor Track school record time of 40.68 seconds with D'Artist Williams, Stacey Berg and Seth Boomsma, which was set in 2013.
Mark is the son of Jon and Ginger Moeller of Rosholt, S.D. He is a Physical Education major at Dakota State University.
Karen Mayfield, a cross country and track's long-distance runner at DSU, was selected as the DSU Co-Most Outstanding Female Athlete-of-the-Year award.
Mayfield is a two-time North Star Athletic Association Women's Cross Country All-Conference runner, just few places short of qualifying for the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships in both her junior and senior seasons.
She also earned North Star All-Conference in Women's Outdoor Track & Field in two different events, the 5000-meters and 10,000-meters in last spring's conference meet. Mayfield earned the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field All-American honor after placing third in the full marathon race at the 2016 national meet, where she owns the DSU school record time in full marathon of 3 hours, 16 minutes and 47.20 seconds.
She also owns the Trojan school record in half-marathon with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 23 seconds in 2015. Mayfield already secured a spot at the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships this spring after producing the second-best mark in the school's half-marathon record time of 1 hour, 31 minutes and 31 seconds last December 2016.
Karen is the daughter of Gary and Terri Mayfield of Watertown, S.D. She is a senior Business Administration major at Dakota State.
BreeAna Olson was also named to DSU Co-Most Outstanding Female Athlete, where she competed in women's basketball and track as a sprinter.
Olson completed her impressive four-year career with the Lady T's Basketball team. She was a two-time North Star Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team selection. She is third in the Lady T's all-time scoring list with 1,442 career points. She recorded her 1,000th career point during DSU's season home opener at DSU Fieldhouse last October.
Olson scored a season-high of 449 points in 30 games, led the Lady T's with 15.0 points and 2.6 steals per game this past winter. She also averaged 4.3 rebounds per game and scored in double-digits 21 times in 2016-17. Olson is second in the DSU Lady T's Basketball record book for most career steals with 287, third in career free-throws made with 293 and fourth most career field goals made with 531 career field goals.
Olson is also the North Star All-Conference runner in the Outdoor Track & Field in the women's 200-meter run last spring.
BreeAna is the daughter of DaNeil Olson and the late Reggie Olson of Nunda, S.D. She is a senior Physical Education major at Dakota State University.
Tanner Heiser was this year recipient for the Dusty Andersen award for his outstanding accomplishments in men's basketball.
Heiser, a senior guard, is a two-time North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball All-Conference Second Team recipient. He was named to the NSAA Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week twice this past winter season.
He broke the DSU school record for most 3-pointers made in a single game with 11 3-pointers at Waldorf (Iowa). He poured in a career-high of 35 points twice during the season versus Northwestern (Iowa) in the Trojans' basketball season home opener last October as well as at Waldorf (Iowa) last February.
Heiser is fifth in the DSU Men's Basketball record book for career assists with 285. He is also fifth in career steals with 104. He is third in 3-point field goals made in a single season with 89 3-pointers, fifth in career 3-point field goals made with 152 3-pointers and sixth in career 3-point field goal percentage of 39 percent.
Heiser was one of the integral members of the 2015-16 Dakota State Trojan Men's Basketball Team that won the North Star conference regular-season and tournament titles, and qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament.
Heiser was honored as Daktronics-NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete and North Star Scholar-Athlete awards for his academic success in the classroom.
Tanner is the son of Ron and Pam Heiser of Watertown, S.D. He is studying in Professional Accountancy at Dakota State University.
Each sport team has a representative that best exhibits the core values of the Champion of Character initiative of the National Association of Intercollegiate of Athletics (NAIA) and the North Star Athletic Association conference.
Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA and the NSAA schools provide training for student-athletes and professional development for coaches and staff by emphasizing the five cores values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. DSU's student-athletes enthusiastically embrace the program and are involved in a variety of activities within the community and the campus.
The DSU Athletic Department recognized a representative in each sport and they are (sport – name – year at DSU – major at Dakota State – hometown – parents' names):
|Champions of Character Award|
Front Row (L to R): Jalen Boyd (Baseball), BreeAna Olson (Women's Basketball and Women's Outdoor Track & Field), Breanna Adsit (Women's Indoor Track & Field), Michael Carson (Men's Cross Country).
Back Row (L to R): Nathaniel Rauen (Men's Basketball, Claudio Tejada (Men's Indoor Track & Field), Tyra Laws (Women's Cross Country), Kirstin Johnson (Volleyball), Dereck DeVries (Football)
Front Row (L to R): Kaylee Vander Wal, Megan Schrempp, Bobbi Huber, Chelsey Davis
Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Amy Veenhof, Mackenzie Schultz, Carly Rozell, Taylor Stratton, Kirstin Johnson, Kylie Martin, Tessa Weeldreyer
Front Row (L to R): Stephen Cordell, Karson Lindblad, Robert Johnson, Andrew Adlersberg, Mitchell Galloway, Eric Gauer, Jacob Giles
Back Row (L to R): Eric Wahl, Cole Potter, Alvin Reels, Jr., Greg Rodriguez, Brandon Schmit, John Trout, Austin Opdahl, Dereck DeVries, Head Coach Josh Anderson
|Cross Country Awards|
Front Row (L to R): Cameron Harming, Corey Hermann, Karen Mayfield, Victoria Sopko
Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Anthony Drealan, Ashley Robinson, Alex Derr, Braden Curnow, Maxwell Cruse, Michael Carson
|Men's Basketball Awards|
Front Row (L to R): JoBreil Powell, Brendon Boomsma, Nathaniel Rauen
Back Row (L to R): Head Coach Gary Garner, Kyle Kilgore, Tanner Heiser
|Women's Basketball Awards|
Left to Right: Kennedy Wagner, Lindsey Vogl, Kelsey Poppen, BreeAna Olson
Left to Right: Head Coach Geoff Schaab, Jalen Boyd, Ian Barker
|Track & Field Awards|
Front Row (L to R): Cameron Harming, Michael Carson, Braden Curnow, Caleb Hemphill, Karen Mayfield, D'Artist Williams, Breanna Adsit, Kelsey Lee, BreeAna Olson, Victoria Sopko, Jared Truman
Back Row (L to R): Kylie Martin, Tyler Lems, Corey Hermann, Alex Derr, Mark Moeller, Austin Opdahl, Claudio Tejada, Kelsey Poppen, Christian Small, Head Coach Anthony Drealan
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director