MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team had individuals competing at two different indoor meets over the weekend, and the Tigers experienced success at both meets.
DWU had a handful of runners at the Concordia Indoor Invitational Friday afternoon in Seward, Neb., and the rest of the team competed at the Dordt Indoor Invite Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa. Friday in Seward, freshman Haley Brunke took fourth in the 5,000-meter run and recorded the third-best time in school history in 19:38.6. Freshmen Jeff Sahli and Justin Brueggemann took 15th and 16th, respectively, and finished with the seventh- and eighth-best times in school history. Sahli finished in 16:41.53 and Brueggemann in 16:41.55.
Tamika Irvin paced Dakota Wesleyan at the Dordt meet with a pair of runner-up finishes. She took second in the 55-meter dash in 7.36 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 25.39 seconds. Freshman teammate MaKenzie Hageman took third in the 55 in 7.46 seconds and seventh in the 200 in 26.96. Jessie Pederson recorded the sixth-best mark in DWU history in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet-2.5 inches. She took 13th in the event and Lindsey Sanftner took 15th with a leap of 15-11.5 – which ties for seventh in the DWU history books. Pederson also took 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 33-3.25, Sanftner was 15th in 32-7 and Abby Fossum took 17th with a mark of 31-9.5. Jamie Geho took 13th in the 3,000-meter run in 12:19.07 – the seventh-best mark in school history.
Skylar Forgey finished 13th in the 800 in 2:31.91. Kayleen Gupman finished 20th in the same race in 2:44.48, and Heather Banister took 13th in the 1,000-meter run in 3:45.7.
Dalton Smith paced the DWU men with a pair of top-10 finishes. He took seventh in the 200 in 23.31 seconds and ninth in the 400 in 52.25 seconds. Daniel Porter took 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 38-9.75 and 18th in the long jump in 19-1.5. Ryan Antaya and Michael Stier both cracked the top-10 in the DWU history books in the weight throw. Antaya recorded the fifth-best throw in school history and took 18th with a toss of 44-5.25 and Stier had the seventh-best throw and took 19th with a toss of 44-3.25. Stier also took 23rd in the shot put in 37-6.5.
Also for Dakota Wesleyan Andrew Hernandez finished 13th in the 800-meter run in 2:02.09 and Trace Tjeerdsma finished 14th in the mile in 4:47.53. Mike Claar took 21st in the mile in 5:09.91.
The Tigers are back in action Friday and Saturday Feb. 15-16 at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The championships will be held at the University of Nebraska campus. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-GPAC honors for the indoor season.