Blue Hawks track and field team concludes regular season today
The Blue Hawk Open this afternoon closes the NAIA regular season for the Dickinson State track and field team.
It's one last chance to shine at the Biesiot Activities Center in 2013, starting at noon.
"It's always nice to have our own home meet here to end the year," Dickinson State University coach Pete Stanton said. "We'll only have three or four teams here, but it's a great way for our seniors to end their career here at home on the beautiful facility that we have."
Some of Stanton's athletes are also trying to bolster their momentum heading into the NAIA Outdoor National Championships that begin May 23 at Marion, Ind.
For senior Kim Schulz, it's both. The Sidney, Mont., native will throw for the last time at home and gear up for the javelin throw at nationals.
"This last meet, I just want to throw my best, and go out there and compete as well as I can," said Schulz, who will also compete in the discus, hammer throw and weight throw.
In what has been a career of "ups and downs" at DSU, Schulz said she is definitely looking to go out on a high note.
Schulz set a personal record in the javelin as a freshman with a heave of 141 feet. She has aspirations of breaking the DSU record of 156 feet. While that may be a long shot, Schulz confidently feels she can set a PR and win a NAIA national title.
"I really would like to get a personal best in javelin, for sure," said Schulz, who has battled a sore right throwing arm the past three weeks. "My biggest goal is to take first at nationals. I think I have really good potential to take first. I know I can do it. I just need to get really focused and get my arm healthy."
Schulz has mostly worked on her throwing mechanics this week in practice, so she doesn't strain her arm.
On the men's side, 12 have already qualified for nationals with a chance for more to make it to Indiana.
"It's a chance to fine tune things for nationals and, hopefully, try to get a few more athletes qualified," Stanton said.
Sophomore sensation Breyan Miller leads the men, qualifying in the 100 and 200 meters, and 400 relay.
At nationals, Miller hopes to make NAIA all-America status, as he did at the indoor national championships in March.
Miller set a personal record of 10.42 seconds in the 100 on April 27 at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo. He wants a new personal best in the regular-season finale.
"I think it's going to be a great meet," Miller said. "It's perfect weather. We're going to see a lot of PRs. Hopefully, (I'll set a) PR in the 100 with a 10.39, 10.41."