Trojans Finish Busy Week in the Drake Relays

Dakota State ended their busiest week on the final day of the 113th annual Drake Relays. The Trojans competed for five days during the week in three different meets.  

Conner Tordsen highlighted Saturday’s meet with an impressive hammer throw performance that included a new school record for the second time in the same week.

Saturday’s morning session kicked off with the distance medley relay teams. The DSU women’s squad of Madelyn Sylva, Raylee Wallis, Caitlin Dyer, and Lindsey Roth clocked a time of 13 minutes, 7.33 seconds to finish tenth in the race. Their time is the second fastest in Trojan women’s outdoor track & field school record book.

Dakota State men’s distance medley relay team of Cody Farland, Steven Greigg, Curtis Johnson, and Evan Slominski finished as the fourth fastest time in school history with a time of 10 minutes, 20.09 seconds. They finished 10th in the race.

Tordsen had a stellar day in the hammer throw at the Drake Relays, starting with a throw of 198 feet, 4 inches on his first attempt, followed by a toss of 202 feet, 11 inches on his second throw.  He led the hammer throw field after the second attempt.

Tordsen produced a school record toss of 203 feet, 3 inches on his third attempt to advance to the final round. He started the final round with a 202 feet, 7 inches toss, followed by 201 feet, 10 inches on his fifth attempt. He finished with a 199 feet, 3 inch toss on his final attempt. 

Tordsen placed third overall in the hammer throw, which was won by Jacob Luebbert from Missouri Science & Technology with a mark of 209 feet, 4 inches. Isaiah Schafer of Minnesota was second with208 feet, 6 inches.

Dakota State concludes their regular-season schedule with a pair of outdoor track & field meets next week. The Trojans travel to Mankato, Minnesota on Wednesday for the NCAA Division II Minnesota State-Mankato Maverick Open #1. DSU then heads to Vermillion, SD, Friday for the South Dakota Tune-Up.