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Four DSU athletes prepare for NAIA Indoor Track and Field Nationals
February 28, 2011
The 46th Annual Men's and 31st Annual Women's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Track and Field National Championships will take place from March 3-5 in Geneva, Ohio. The event will take place at the GaREAT (Geneva Area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust) Sports Complex.
Four Dakota State University's indoor track and field student-athletes will participate in the national meet.
Senior Devon Berkness (Madison, S.D.) is scheduled to run in the men's 5000-meter run semifinals on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. (ET). A total of 28 runners are expected to run in the event. Berkness is seeded with a time of 15 minutes and 7.13 seconds. Runners need to finish in the top 12 to advance to the finals on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. (ET).
On Friday, sophomores Brittany Young (Casper, Wyo.) and Andy Coy (Hill City, S.D.) will be competing in the national meet. Young is set to run in the women's 800-meter run semifinals at 4:15 p.m. (ET), while Coy will be running in the men's 1000-meter run semifinals at 5 p.m. (ET).
Young is seeded with a time of two minutes and 17.19 seconds in the women's 800-meters. She currently holds a DSU school record of 2:16.79. Eighteen runners are expected to participate in the event. Young was an NAIA All-American at last year's NAIA Indoor Track Nationals where she placed fifth with a time of 2:16.85. The women's 800-meter run finals will take place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (ET) with the top 10 finishers in the semifinals.
Coy qualified for four events for NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships and he will be running in the men's 1000-meter run. He is listed as the eighth best runner in the event with a time of 2:29.79. A total of 22 runners are expected to race the men's 1000-meter run. The top ten semifinals finishers will advance to the finals on Saturday at 1:55 p.m. (ET).
After capturing her third straight DAC championship in the women's high jump, senior Danielle Rowe (Rapid City, S.D.) is participating in the NAIA's women's high jump finals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (ET). She is a two-time NAIA Indoor Track and Field All-American. Rowe finished fourth in last year's national meet. She is currently the third best high jumper with a seed measurement of 1.70 meters or five feet and seven inches, a DSU school record that Rowe set at the DAC Championship meet on Feb. 19. A total of 21 jumpers are expected to compete in the event.
A student-athlete that places in the top six in each individual finals event at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet will earn NAIA All-American honors.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director