The Dakota State University Trojan outdoor track and field teams returned to the state of Iowa for the fourth consecutive weekend. The Trojans competed in the annual premier event in the Midwest region, the 2021 Sioux City Relays. The meet featured schools ranging from NAIA to NCAA Division I schools.
For the Trojan men, Kevin Jenkins earned a runner-up finish in the 110-meter hurdles finals. He was the top NAIA place finisher, improving his time to 15.26 seconds.
Alex Derr posted the NAIA Provisional ‘B’ standard qualifying time of 1 minute, 53.75 seconds to place fourth in the 800-meter run for DSU.
Brenner Furlong collected a runner-up honor in the 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 49.14 seconds for the Trojans.
Maxwell Cruse was the top NAIA place finisher in the 10,000-meter run for the Trojans. He clocked a time of 31 minutes, 54.89 seconds.
Tyler Moulton paced the Trojans as the top NAIA shot put thrower with a 48 feet, 3.25 inches throw placing fourth in the event. Payton Harrell finished ninth.
On the women’s side, Traia Hubbard earned a runner-up honor in the discus throw for DSU. She threw 156 feet, 3.75 inches and was the top NAIA thrower in the event.
Josie Wolf was the second fastest NAIA runner in the 200-meter dash after clocking a time of 26.45 seconds. Jessica Giles ran a time of 27.64 seconds to place 15th in the race. Wolf was also eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.98 seconds.
Kezley Yeager clocked a time of 1 minute, .21 seconds to finish fifth in the 400-meter dash for DSU. She was the second fastest runner from the NAIA division in the race.
Jennifer Giles, Shaylee DeBeer, Jessica Giles and Yeager were sixth in the 4 x 400-meter relay for the Trojans.
Jacia Christiansen paced Dakota State with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run, recording a career-best time of 39 minutes, 22.10 seconds. Her time is the fourth fastest time in school history.
Dakota State heads to Vermillion, S.D. on Wednesday as they compete in the NCAA Division I outdoor track & field meet, the South Dakota Twilight meet. The Trojans also will send a school-record 22 athletes to the Drake Relays next weekend at Bulldog Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.