Tigers start indoor season at Iowa State Open

Nicole Court-Menendez from DWU.

Nicole Court-Menendez

Skylar Forgey from DWU.

Skylar Forgey

Tyler Volesky from DWU.

Tyler Volesky

Dalton Smith from DWU.

Dalton Smith

AMES, Iowa – The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team started the indoor portion of its 2013 season Friday and Saturday at the Iowa State Open in Ames, Iowa. After just one meet, the Tigers have already recorded several times and marks that are in the top 10 in school history.

Tamika Irvin was the top finisher for Dakota Wesleyan Saturday. She tied for seventh in the 200-meter dash in 25.71 seconds. Freshman MaKenzie Hageman competed in the 60- and 200-meter dashes and recorded the fifth-best time in school history in the 60 in 8.23 seconds and also finished with the seventh-best time in Tiger history in the 200 in 27.53 seconds. Skylar Forgey took 18th in the 800 and recorded the third-best time in school history in 2:30.36.

Kayleen Gupman ran the sixth-best time in DWU history the 1,000-meter run in 3:35.12 and also the 10th-best time in the mile run (6:14.91). Jamie Geho took 18th in the 3,000 in 12:51.73, the 10th-best time in school history. Kallie Quicke took 16th in the long jump with a mark of 15-feet-9.75 inches – the eighth-best mark in school history. Abby Fossum also recorded a top-15 finish, finishing 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 32-2, sixth-best in DWU history.

Also for the DWU women, freshman Nicole Court-Menendez competed in the 3,000-meter race-walk at the Snowbird Invite, hosted by Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. She took third and set a new school record in 16:28.72. This time not only meets the A standard for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, it also qualifies Court-Menendez for the USA Track and Field Outdoor Junior Nationals June 19-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The top finisher for the Tiger men over the weekend was freshman Dan Porter, who took 21st in the triple jump with a mark of 38-5. Trace Tjeerdsma took 25th in the 3,000-meter run in 9:50.94. Tyler Volesky finished 28th in the 400-meter dash in 51.29 – the seventh-best time in school history. Dalton Smith recorded top-10 times in three events. His time of 7.29 seconds in the 60-meter dash is sixth in school history; he finished in 23.12 in the 200, good for sixth in school history and he ran the 400 in 51.83 seconds – 10th in school history.

Freshman Jeff Sahli ran the ninth-best time in school history in the 5,000-meter run Saturday in 16:54.8. Paul Apenhorst recorded the third-best time in DWU history in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 9.47 seconds in the preliminary race. Michael Stier also recorded a top-30 finish and hit the ninth-best mark in school history in the weight throw. He finished 27th with a toss of 35-5.75.

The Tigers are back in action Saturday, Jan. 26, when they travel to Storm Lake, Iowa, for the Buena Vista Open.