Conner Tordsen Throws for a New School Record

Numerous Dakota State men’s indoor track & field athletes produced personal records, highlighted by a monstrous weight throw toss by Conner Tordsen, who got a new school record in the South Dakota State D2 Invitational. 

Tordsen, who was named to the first edition of the NSAA Men’s Indoor Track Field Athlete-of-the-Week earlier this week, broke a new DSU men’s indoor track & field school record in the weight toss, exploding for 163 feet, 6.25 inches.  He finished second in the event, as well as the top NAIA weight thrower. 

Tordsen recorded the second-best NAIA weight throw toss after Friday’s meet. He was also the top NAIA place finisher in the shot put, tossing 49 feet, 8.25 inches to place second.  

Dylan Johansen was 13th with a toss of 41 feet, 8 inches, followed by Jackson Zastera with a personal record toss of 41 feet, 7.75 inches. Joachim recorded a toss of 40 feet.

Other DSU shot-put throwers results were Joshua Shaffer –38 feet, 1.25 inches, Houston Lunde – 37 feet, 1.75 inches, Ryan Chapman – 35 feet, 10 inches, Zachary Haugen – 35 feet, 6.5 inches, Lamb – 32 feet, 5.75 inches, and Jack Hemmen – 31 feet, 10.75 inches.

Kaleb Scott made his collegiate debut by winning the high jump event for the Trojans, clearing a height of 6 feet, 4.75 inches to win the title.  Caden Gortmaker cleared the height of 5 feet, 7 inches.

All four DSU runners hit personal record time in the 1-mile run, led by Evan Slominski with a runner-up honor in 4:28.49. He was the top NAIA place finisher in the race.  Daniel Green followed up with a time of 4 minutes, 32.89 seconds. Tucker Murtha recorded a time of 4:52.89, while Lucas Harr added a time of 5:11.80.

Riley Greenhoff registered a time of 7.19 seconds to finish fifth in the 60-meter dash prelims and advanced to the finals. Willie Hutchins was 11th with a time of 7.22 seconds, followed by Tamareon Foster with a time of 7.26 seconds. 

Greenhoff improved his time of 7.11 seconds to finish fourth in the 60-meter dash finals for Dakota State.

He led the Trojans with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash after clocking a time of 22.46 seconds. Hutchins finished with a time of 23.36 seconds, while Foster hit a personal record time of 23.89 seconds.

Curtis Johnson earned a sixth-place finish in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 26.87 seconds. Blake Schmiedt followed up with seventh place in 9:32.78. 

Roger Oliete Tejedor posted a time of 1 minute, 57.03 seconds to finish sixth in the 800-meter run for DSU.

A pair of Dakota State runners hit personal record time in the 5000-meter run, led by Taylor Myers with a time of 15:38.28 to place seventh and Colter Elkin with a time of 15:52.32 to finish tenth. Tyler Kennedy was 11th in 15:56.67, while Martin Bailey was 16th with a time of 16:25.61.

Isaac Jaacks was eighth with a time of 8.85 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles prelims and advanced to the finals. Caleb Roberts hit 9.43 seconds in the prelims, while Gortmaker recorded a time of 11.06 seconds.  Both Roberts and Gortmaker did not advance to the finals.

Jaacks improved his time to 8.82 seconds, his personal best time, to finish seventh in the 60-meter hurdles finals.

Corbin Mackaben leaped 40 feet, 1.5 inches to place third in the triple jump for Dakota State. Nathan Igalls was fifth after jumping 39 feet, 5.75 inches. He also leaped 5.95 meters (19 feet, 6.25 inches) in the long jump.

Trey Reindl led the Trojans with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.32 seconds. Joseph Larson followed up with a time of 53.17 seconds. 

Yohannes Kassa paced with a time of 2 minutes, 48.77 seconds to finish eighth in the 1000-meter run for DSU. Ian Beyer was 11th in 2:51.40, followed by Reese Henrie with a 12th-place finish in 2:51.45.

Joshua Krull produced a time of 1 minute, 29.22 seconds to finish tenth in the 600-meter run. Obang Ojulu followed up with a personal record time of 1:30.42 to place 11th.

The meet wrapped up with the 4×400-meter relay where the Trojans had three different teams. The team of Greenhoff, Tejedor, Slomisnki, and Reindl finished with a time of 3:29.72 to place sixth.  Larson, Jaacks, Ojulu, and Krull were ninth in 3:34.30.  Emmanuel Drain, Green, Murtha, and Kassa were 11th after recording a time of 3:41.13.

Dakota State heads out of the state for the first and only time during the indoor track & field season this weekend, when they compete in the Mark Schuck Open & Multi-Events on Friday and Saturday in Mankato, Minnesota.