May 11, 2017
JAMESTOWN (N.D.) – Dakota State (S.D.) will be sending a men's relay team to the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships after setting a new North Star Athletic Association conference meet record Thursday afternoon at Al Cassell Field, hosted by the University of Jamestown (N.D.).
Dickinson State (N.D.) holds the lead with 56 points in the team standings, followed by Waldorf (Iowa) with a second-place with 43 points. Viterbo (Wis.) is third with 40 points, while Jamestown is fourth with 35 points. Valley City State (N.D.) is fifth with 24 points. Dakota State places sixth in the team standing with 18 points.
The Trojan men's 4 x 800-meter relay team – consisted of Alex Derr, Cameron Harming, Corey Hermann and Mark Moeller – clocked a national qualifying time of 7 minutes, 48.97 seconds to capture the title at the North Star conference meet. Their time is a new NSAA conference meet record, breaking the previous conference meet record time of 8 minutes, 17.25 seconds set by Viterbo (Wis.) in 2016.
DSU's time is also the fourth-fastest time in the men's outdoor track & field school record book. Andy Coy, Cody Foreman, Matt Fideler and Tyler Van Peursem holds the school record of 7:30.74 in 2010.
The Trojan 4 x 800-meter relay team members were just .03 seconds under the NAIA's Provisional 'B' Standard qualifying time for the NAIA Nationals. Derr, Harming, Hermann and Moeller received North Star All-Conference honor.
A pair of DSU men's sprinters will be running in the 100-meter dash finals after placing in the Top 8 during the prelims. D'Artist Williams was the top runner in the first heat with a time of 11.14 seconds, while Austin Row was eighth in the same heat with a time of 12.19 seconds.
Williams and Ludens both will run in the men's 100-meter dash finals scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. Williams will be placed in Lane 4, while Ludens will run on Lane 8 for the Trojans.
Maxwell Cruse ran a time of 34 minutes, 52.30 seconds to earn fourth-place finish in the men's 10,000-meter run for Dakota State.
A pair of Trojan men's hammer throwers placed in the 'Top 8', led by Tyler Lems with a fourth-place finish. He threw a distance of 41.03 meters (134 feet, 7 inches). Evan McCreary was eighth with a measurement of 24.04 meters (78 feet, 10.5 inches).
McCreary was third in the first flight of the men's javelin throw. He recorded a distance of 32.50 meters (106 feet, 7 inches), followed by Brandon Schmit with a fifth-place finish in the first flight (26.85 meters – 88 feet, 1 inch). Row was fifth in the first flight after tossing a distance of 23.19 meters (76 feet, 1 inch).
Dakota State continues their action on the second day of the North Star conference meet Friday, starting at 10 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director