May 12, 2017
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Prior to the second day of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference meet at Al Cassell Field, Dakota State (S.D.) was sitting at sixth-place in the team standings with 18 points. On Friday, the Trojans racked up a total of 98 points to accumulate a total of 116 points to claim a runner-up honor in the North Star conference meet, hosted by the University of Jamestown (N.D.).
DSU captured three titles at the conference meet, as well as five runner-up honors on Friday. Dakota State scored its most points ever since joining the North Star conference.
Dickinson State (N.D.) won the North Star conference title for the third straight year, scoring a total of 218 points. The Trojans made the biggest jump in the team standings to take second-place honor. Waldorf (Iowa) was third with 101 points. Fourth through sixth places were only separated by three points, led by Jamestown with a fourth-place finish with 83.5 points. Viterbo (Wis.) edged Valley City State (N.D.) for fifth-place (81-80.5 points).
DSU's Austin Opdahl continued his dominance in the men's high jump, earning his sixth straight North Star conference title in both indoor and outdoor high jump. He cleared the height measurement of 1.99 meters (6 feet, 6.25 inches. His mark tied his personal best mark, as well as the North Star conference men's outdoor meet record (Opdahl – 1.99 meters in 2016 NSAA men's outdoor conference meet in Forest City, Iowa).
The Trojans placed two throwers in the men's discus throw. Tyler Lems claimed the North Star discus title with a distance of 42.76 meters (140 feet, 3 inches). Brandon Schmit added a third-place finish with a personal-best measurement of 40.57 meters (133 feet, 1 inch). Evan McCreary also tossed a personal record throw of 31.13 meters (102 feet, 1 inch) but did not advance to the final round.
Schmit also placed third in the men's shot put for Dakota State. He recorded a distance of 13.68 meters (44 feet, 10 inches).
The running events kicked off with the 3000-meter steeplechase. Taylor Hauge clocked a time of 11 minutes, 6.25 seconds to earn a fifth-place honor. Caleb Hemphill was ninth with a time of 14 minutes, 10.18 seconds.
The Trojan men's 4 x 100-meter relay team – consisted of D'Artist Williams, Opdahl, Mark Moeller and Bailey Ludens) fell just .02 seconds behind first-place Dickinson State in a thriller. Dakota State recorded a time of 42.960 seconds to finish second, while the Blue Hawks won with a time of 42.958 seconds.
Cameron Harming posted a time of 4 minutes, 10.28 seconds to capture a third-place finish in the men's 1500-meter run for Dakota State. Claudio Tejada added a fifth-place finish with a season-best time of 4:14.17, followed by Braden Curnow with a sixth-place finish in a personal-record time of 4:15.36.
Moeller placed fourth in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 50.84 seconds for the Trojans.
Williams improved his time in the men's 100-meter dash finals, earning a runner-up honor for DSU. He clocked a time of 11.00 seconds in the finals, improving his time from 11.14 seconds in Thursday's prelims. Bailey Ludens placed sixth in the finals with a time of 11.523 seconds, edging Jonah Remker of Waldorf (Iowa) for team scoring points.
DSU's Alex Derr won the North Star men's 800-meter run by setting the conference meet record time of 1 minute, 54.81 seconds (personal record). Moeller held the previous NSAA conference meet record time of 1:57.24 during the 2015 North Star conference outdoor meet. Corey Herman was ninth with a time of 2:05.31. Hauge placed 15th with a time of 2:19.59.
Williams added another runner-up honor in the men's 200-meter dash for the Trojans. He clocked a time of 21.78 seconds to earn second-place finish. Ludens added a 10th-place finish with a time of 23.45 seconds.
Curnow notched a second-place finish in the 5000-meter run after clocking a time of 16 minutes, 19.76 seconds for Dakota State. Maxwell Cruse placed fourth with a time of 16:39. Michael Carson recorded a time of 18:49.34, followed by Jonathan Lein with an 11th-place finish in 19:01.03.
DSU was just less than .20 seconds behind first-place Dickinson State in the men's 4 x 400-meter relay race. The Blue Hawks registered a time of 3:26.95 to win the race, while the Trojans placed second with a time of 3:27.14. The members of the Trojans' 4 x 400-meter relay team included Harming, Williams, Derr and Moeller.
It was the final career collegiate outdoor track meet for five seniors – Carson, Hauge, Hemphill, Tejada and Williams.
Dakota State will be sending seven men's athletes to the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. on May 25-27. Derr, Harming, Herman and Moeller (senior) will be running in the men's 4 x 800-meter relay at the national meet. Moeller will also run in the men's 800-meter run, while Lems is slated to throw discus at the NAIA meet. Both Curnow and Maxwell Cruse are scheduled to run in the national men's full marathon race.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director