The DSU Trojan women’s track & field team excelled over the weekend at the Red Raider Invitational/North Star Athletic Association Multi-Events Championships Saturday.
The highlight of the day came from the throwing events where three throwers set career best marks. Traia Hubbard captured a pair of throwing titles, setting school records, and hitting the NAIA ‘A’ Provisional standard qualifying marks. Hubbard won the discus throw with a school record mark of 157 feet, breaking her previous school record of 149 feet, 3 inches in 2019 for Dakota State. Her mark also met the NAIA ‘A’ Provisional standard qualifying measurement. After Saturday’s meet, Hubbard’s discus throw is the second best in the NAIA.
Tyra Payne added a personal record of 11.20 meters (36 feet, 9 inches) in the shot-put for an 11th place finish DSU. Britni Plucker added a career-best 10.37 meters (34 feet, .25 inches) to place 15th.
Payne tossed a career-best 39.94 meters (131 feet) to finish third in the discus throw for the Trojans. Plucker also hit a personal best throw of 33.49 meters (109 feet, 10 inches) to finish 13th.
Shaylee DeBeer completed the heptathlon event Saturday morning for DSU. DeBeer finished 14th overall in the event and earned a seventh-place finish for the North Star conference outdoor meet.
The outdoor track & field meet wrapped up with the 4 x 400-meter relay by Jennifer Giles, Jessica Giles, Cheylee Nagel, and Kelzey Yeager. They finished with a season-best time of 4 minutes, 7.07 seconds with a fourth-place finish. They posted the sixth fastest time in school history.
Dakota State heads back to Iowa for the fourth straight weekend, competing in the annual Midwest premier event on Friday. The Trojans are set to compete in the Sioux City Relays at Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa.