Fossum, Irvin pick up wins at Mount Marty meet

Tamika Irvin from DWU.

Tamika Irvin

Derik Fossum from DWU.

Derik Fossum

YANKTON, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team picked up three wins and six top-five finishes Tuesday afternoon at the Mount Marty Twilight meet in Yankton, S.D.

Tamika Irvin paced the Tigers with a pair of wins. The senior sprinter took first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes to continue her strong season. She won the 100-meter dash in 12.2 seconds and took first in the 200 in 25.22 seconds

Derik Fossum also picked up a win for Dakota Wesleyan. The senior jumper took first in the triple jump with a mark of 46-feet-6 inches. That mark hit the B qualifying standard for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.

Freshman Katie Johnson earned a pair of top-five finishes for the Tigers. She took third in both the javelin and shot put, and both her marks were also among the best in school history. She took third in the javelin with a toss of 114-4 and third in the shot put competition with a mark of 39-8.5.

Ryan Antaya and Michael Steir both finished the day with a pair of top-10 finishes. Antaya took fifth in the men’s discus competition with a toss of 129-10 and eighth in the hammer throw with a mark of 105-7. Steir finished ninth in the hammer throw with a mark of 97-10 and 10th in the shot put with a toss of 33-10.25.

Also for the Tigers, freshman Jessie Pederson took seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 33-6.75. She also finished 12th in the long jump competition with a leap of 15-10.25. Teammate Lindsey Sanftner finished 11th in the long jump in 16-00.25, and Abby Fossum took 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 32-7.

Dakota Wesleyan is back in action at another in-state meet Friday afternoon when it travels to Madison, S.D., for the Dakota State Invite. The Tigers compete at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships May 4-5 in Lincoln, Neb.