WAYNE, Neb. – Tamika Irvin won the 100-meter dash and qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships to pace the Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team over the weekend at the Wane State Invite in Wayne, Neb.
Irvin, a senior sprinter from Denver, Colo., won the event in 12.21 seconds. She beat out Iowa Western’s SidReshia Floyd, who finished second in 12.3 seconds. Irvin’s teammate, freshman MaKenzie Hageman, took sixth in the 100 in 12.66 seconds – the fourth-best time in school outdoor history.
Irvin also took second in the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.62 seconds. She finished behind Floyd, who won the event with a time of 24.86 seconds. Hageman finished sixth in the 200 in 27.09 seconds – the ninth-best time in school history.
Katie Johnson also recorded a top-two finish for Dakota Wesleyan in the javelin. She took second in the event with a toss of 114-feet-1 inch. She also took 15th in the shot put with a mark of 38-1.5. LaShawn Medicine Horn tied for fifth in the high jump with the third-best mark in school history after clearing 5-1. Heather Banister took sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 14:58.16 and Haley Brunke took seventh in the 10,000-meter run and recorded the third-best time in DWU outdoor history in 41:32.14 in her first time competing in the event.
Also for the Tiger women, Skylar Forgey took 12th in the 800-meter run and recorded the fifth-best time in school history in 2:30.72. Lindsey Sanftner finished 13th in the long jump with a mark of 16-1.5 and 14th in the triple jump with a leap of 32-0.25.
Three athletes recorded a pair of top-15 finishes for the Dakota Wesleyan men this weekend. Dalton Smith finished sixth in the 200-meter dash in 23.22 seconds and also took 14th in the 400 in 52.66 seconds. Tyler Volesky took 11th in the 200 (23.45) and 15th in the 400 (53.61) and Daniel Porter finished sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 39-6.5 and 11th in the long jump with a leap of 18-9.25.
Michael Stier took 18th in the hammer and recorded the sixth-best throw in school history with a mark of 129-11. He also took 20th in the shot put competition with a toss of 37-11.14. Jeff Sahli took fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 17:00.31 and Trace Tjeerdsma took sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Also for DWU, Andrew Hernandez finished 10th in the 800-meter run (2:04.26), Justin Brueggemann finished 11th in the 10,000 run (36:17.58) and Ryan Antaya took 11th in the javelin (123-6).
The Tigers are back in action Saturday, April 6, when they travel to the Augustana College Invite in Sioux Falls, S.D.