The Dakota Wesleyan University Tiger Athlete of the Week is Gabe Dirksen, it was announced by the DWU athletic department Wednesday.
The senior from Lead, S.D., provisionally qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships after a fifth-place finish in the Decathlon at the GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fremont, Neb., on May 5 and 6.
Dirksen finished with a total score of 5,700. He took 10th in the 400-meter run in a time of 54.88, 10th in the 1,500-meter run in 5:22.59, eighth in the high jump at 5-6, sixth in the 100-meter dash in 11.78, second in the pole vault at 13-5.25, fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19-8.75, third in the javelin throw with a toss of 154-9, fifth in the discus at 105-10, ninth in the shot put with a throw of 34-7.75 and sixth in the 110-hurdles in 16.97.
The Tigers compete in the Dordt Invitational on Friday in Sioux Center, Iowa.