Court-Menendez qualifies for nationals

Nicole Court-Menendez from DWU.

Nicole Court-Menendez

LaShawn Medicine Horn from DWU.

LaShawn Medicine Horn

Dalton Smith from DWU.

Dalton Smith

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A handful of athletes recorded some of the best times in Dakota Wesleyan University track and field history and one athlete qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at a pair of meets over the weekend.

Freshman Nicole Court-Menendez qualified for the national meet in the 5,000-meter racewalk at the Central Methodist Invite in Fayette, Mo. She finished third in the event in 28:06.95, which hit the NAIA B standard. The time is also a Dakota Wesleyan school record.

The rest of the Tigers competed Saturday at the Vance Butler Invite, hosted by Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. LaShawn Medicine Horn was the Tigers’ top finisher at the meet. She took fourth in the high jump with the second-best mark in school history at 5-feet-2 inches. Freshman MaKenzie Hageman recorded two top-10 finishes for Dakota Wesleyan. She took sixth in the 100-meter dash in 12.54 seconds and ninth in the 200 in 26.14 seconds. Both times are the fourth-best in DWU outdoor track and field history.

Skylar Forgey finished 10th in the 800-meter run for the Tigers Saturday. She finished in 2:28.41 – the fourth-best time in school history. Hailey Brunke took 10th in the 5,000-meter run in 19:48.01 – also the fourth-best time in DWU history. Katie Johnson took eighth in the shot put with a toss of 40-7 and 11th in the javelin with a mark of 106-2.

Jessie Pederson finished 12th in the triple jump with a mark of 32-6 and 14th in the long jump with a leap of 15-6. Lindsey Sanftner finished 11th in the triple jump (32-7) and teammate Abby Fossum took 13th with a mark of 32-2.

Senior Dalton Smith paced the Tiger men with an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash. He finished the race in 11.04 seconds – the 10th-best time in DWU outdoor history. He also took 12th in the 200 in 22.85 seconds. Teammate Tyler Volesky took 12th in the 200 in 22.79 seconds. Ryan Antaya recorded two top-15 finishes for Dakota Wesleyan. He took seventh in the javelin with a toss of 145-6 and 13th in the discus with a mark of 123-6. Trace Tjeerdsma finished 12th in the 1,500-meter run in 4:25.37 and Dan Porter took 14th in the long jump with a leap of 18-3.

The Dakota Wesleyan men and women are back in action this Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, at the Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa.