Dakota State Track & Field Reels in More Personal Bests & Provisional Qualifiers at Lillibridge Track Complex

Dakota State’s Outdoor Track & Field teams competed over the weekend. They competed in the Early Bird meet at Lillibridge Track Complex on the campus of the University of South Dakota. It was a two-day NCAA Division I meet featuring numerous athletes from all collegiate levels.

Day 1:

Lahna Matucha notched a personal record in the javelin throw for the Trojans. She registered a mark of 35.59 meters to come away with a seventh-place. Her javelin throw is the third farthest in the DSU women’s outdoor track & field school history.

Casey Olson added a javelin throw mark of 32.84 meters to finish 12th.

Three Trojans made their debut in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Valerija Curikova had a time of 11 minutes, 47.30 seconds to finish 12th. Her time is the second fastest in school history. 

Kierra Miller came away with a time of 12 minutes, 22.56 seconds to finish 20th, posting the fifth fastest time in Trojan history. Brooke Beaucaire finished the race with a time of 13 minutes, 6.81 seconds.

Men’s Results:

Chantz Minear placed fourth in the decathlon standings with 3,355 points for Dakota State.  Tysen Grinde is 11th after scoring 3,132 points.

Zachary Haugen improved his personal record in the hammer throw for the second straight week. He threw 48.86 meters to place 16th in the event. His toss is the 10th farthest in the Trojan men’s outdoor track & field school history. James McClain posted 15.11 meters on his shot-put toss, finishing ninth.

Caleb Roberts hit a personal record in the pole vault, clearing the height of 3.81 meters. Finishing ninth in the event.

The Trojan men also participated in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Dalton Brouwer led the way with a personal record time of 10 minutes, 17.58 seconds, finishing 13th. Four other DSU runners made their debut in the event. Blake Schmiedt had a time of 10:32.13 for a 16th place finish. Lane Henrichs ended with an 18th place finish with a time of 10:40.30. Reese Henrie finished with a time of 11:24.24 and Lucas Harr in 12:20.12.

Nolan Slominski posted a season-best time of 1 minute, 54.87 seconds to place eighth in the 800-meter run for the Trojans. Joshua Krull posted a season best time of 2:04.35.

Harrison Greathouse had a personal record time of 16 minutes, .75 seconds in the 5000-meter run & Curtis Johnson had his season best time of 4:08.70 in the 1500-meter run.

Day 2:

Oliviyah Thornton shattered a new DSU women’s outdoor track & field school record in the hammer throw. She tossed a career best 49.56 meters to place seventh in the event. Also achieving the NAIA ‘B’ provisional qualifying mark in the women’s hammer throw with that toss. She broke the previous record held by Kylie Martin with a 48.98 meters mark in 2017. Thornton also led DSU with 11.56 meters in the shot put toss for a 17th-place finish.

Curikova paced the Trojans with an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2 minutes, 34.26 seconds. Lindsey Roth was 12th with 2:37.64. Miller added a season-best time of 2:45.32 to place 16th, followed by Saddie Palmquist in 17th with a time of 2:46.19.

Amelie Steins, Bethany Lawson, Raylee Wallis, and Molli Thornton were the four runners for DSU’s 4 x 100-meter relay. The relay team finished ninth with a time of 51.14 seconds.

M. Thornton led all Trojans with a time of 12.78 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Along with a time of 26.97 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Men’s Results:

Treshawn Roberts added another national qualifying event (qualified in the 110-meter hurdles in last week’s meet in Wayne, Neb.). He registered a new school record height of 4.71 meters to finish in a three-way tie for fifth in the pole vault.

He broke a 24-year-old school record held by Jon Peterreins with a 4.44 meters mark in 2000.  Roberts’ pole vault measurement also produced the NAIA ‘B’ provisional qualifying mark.

Nathan Ingalls recorded a triple jump mark of 12.96 meters to place 11th. McClain hit a career best 43.02 meters to finish 11th in the discus.

Willie Hutchins, Hudson Fix, Lukas Bennett, and Michael Foster came away with an eighth-place finish in the 4 x 100-meter relay. Posting a time of 43.15 seconds.

Hutchins also had a season-best time of 11.16 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Jace Kelley ended with a personal record of 24.61 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Johnson had a season-best time of 2 minutes, .55 seconds to place fifth in the 800-meter run. Evan Armstrong finished with a time of 2:06.22, followed by Henrichs with a personal best time of 2:06.71. Schmiedt had a season-best 2:07.80, while Harr hit a season-best 2:23.64, and Nate Hall with a personal record 2:32.05.

Wrapping things up was the 4 x 400-meter relay featuring  N. Slominski, Madsen, Miller, and Krull. They finished in seventh-place after clocking 3 minutes, 38.47 seconds.

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