Carter, Sundheim, 400 relay win at Colorado State
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Though the Dickinson State track and field team were going up against stout competition, the teams didn't back down.
On the contrary, the Blue Hawks thrived on the competition.
The DSU men claimed three first-place finishes en route to a fifth-place finish, scoring 63.5 points, on Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational hosted by Colorado State.
"We saw a lot of great athletes and many of our athletes didn't take a backseat to any of them," DSU head coach Pete Stanton said. "I really thought we stepped and competed very well. It was probably wasn't our best meet, but for the most part we did a good job of competing against some good competition."
Colorado State won the men's division with 124.5, Wyoming took runner-up with 112 and Air Force rounded out the top three with 65.5. DSU was three points away from taking third.
Freshman Dante Carter and junior Brady Sundheim each won individual events, as did the 400-meter relay team of junior Fredrick Agbaje, junior Breyan Miller, junior Nathan Magstadt and senior Josh Neumiller.
Carter placed first in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3 minutes, 55.3 seconds, which qualifies him for the NAIA championships. The freshman from Las Vegas defeated David Sanchez of Adams State by more than half of a second. Carter's teammates Dustin Sandbak and Denis Patrick took third and fifth place, respectively.
"There's no doubt, Dante's performances are elevating our other runners," Stanton said. "Dustin and Denis are making themselves into national-qualifying guys."
Though it's only Carter's first year at DSU, the freshman has already won a NAIA indoor title in the 1,000. He qualified in the 800 (1:52.82) during last week's Blue Hawk Games in Miles City, Mont.
"Dante is just doing everything to make himself to where he is," Stanton said. "He's getting the morning runs in and doing exactly what coach (Mike) Nekuda is telling him to do. When you combine that talent with the work ethic he has, it's a great combination."
In the last two meets, Sundheim, who is from Sidney, Mont., has reached more than 49 feet in the triple jump. Sundheim didn't disappoint Saturday, winning the triple jump at 49-3 1/2.
"Brady has been really good the last couple weeks," Stanton said. "He's just done all the right things."
DSU's 400 relay team was tied for the fastest time in NAIA qualifying standards in the country at 40.94. The quartet supplied a time of 41.31 seconds this time.
Magstadt had a tough go during the 110 and 400 hurdles. The Dickinson High School graduate has been battling illness this past week. Stanton said Magstadt should be fine next weekend.
Miller helped the 400 relay team to place first and also achieved an individual standard. He has now qualified in the NAIA A standard in the 100 and 200 dashes. He placed fifth in both the 100 (10.42) and 200 (21.38).
"Those are two personal bests," Stanton said. "That was a good performance by him as well. He's working hard. I think with Breyan it's all about his attitude, he's just making himself better."
On the women's side, senior Kim Schulz was fourth in the javelin (111-6), while junior Hailey Schaper, a graduate of Killdeer High School, finished in a tie for fifth at 5-4 1/4. Both have qualified for the NAIA National Championship in their respective events.
"They both did a good job against extremely good competition," Stanton said. "They have been doing a good job of staying consistent."
The Blue Hawks continue their season by traveling to the Howard Wood Relays next Friday and Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Team Scores: Colorado State 124.5, Wyoming 112, Air Force 65.5, Colorado 64.5, Dickinson State 63.5, Adams State 35, Northern Colorado 34, Black Hills State 26, Boulder TC 20, Rocky Mountain 14, Thailand 13, South Dakota Mines 12, Runners Roost Racing 10, Spain 8, LM Elite 8, Nike 8, Runner's Roost 5.
100: 5, Breyan Miller 10.42. 18, Josh Neumiller, 11.06. 20, Mason Frank 11.14.
200: 5, Breyan Miller 21.38. 14, Adrian Fisher 22.41. 19, Mason Frank 23.09.
400: 9, Myren Moore 50.87. 16, Corey Gill 51.75.
800: 7, Denis Patrick 1:58.64. 9, Chris Gill 1:58.97. 13, Skyler Hulm 2:00.18. 18, Delano Lilly 2:02.49. 24, Colter Steinmetz 2:10.38.
1,500: 1, Dante Carter 3:55.30. 3, Dustin Sandbak 4:00.81. 5, Denis Patrick 4:04.09.
110 hurdles: 9, Nathan Magstadt 14.67. 19, Adrian Fisher 15.36.
400 hurdles: 10, Nathan Magstadt 55.44.
400 relay: 1, DSU (Fredrick Agbaje, Breyan Miller, Nathan Magstadt, Josh Neumiller) 41.31.
1,600 relay: 8, Dickinson State (Fredrick Agbaje, Nathan Magstadt, Dante Carter, Myren Moore) 3:24.82.
High jump: 6, Andrew Knebel, 6-5. 10, Josh Torgerson, 6-1.25.
Pole vault: 5, Jeremey Evenson, 13-4.25.
Long jump: 11, Brady Sundheim, 21-4.5. 20, Josh Reed, 19-6.25.
Triple jump: 1, Brady Sundheim, 49-3.5.
Discus: 21, Cody Clausen, 124-11.
Javelin: 3, Cody Clausen, 185-7.
Team Scores: Wyoming 167.5, Colorado State 160.5, Northern Colorado 117, Air Force 85, Colorado 68.5. Adams State 22, Black Hills State 16, Dickinson State 7.5. South Dakota Mines 4, Rocky Mountain 2.
100: 11, Lorna Shepherd 12.85. 13, Mardee clark 13.28.
200: 19, Lorna Shepherd 26.44. 22, Marissa Stanton 26.99. 24, Mardee Clark 27.34. 26, Breezy Boldon 27.63.
400: 10, Marissa Stanton 1:00.74. 15, Breezy Boldon 1:04.37.
800: 9, Stormie Sickler 2:28.24.
1,500: 30, Vanessa Esquivel 5:47.99.
100 hurdles: 19, Ashley Farr 16.21.
High jump: 5, Hailey Schaper, 5-4.25. 9, Alysse Charlesworth, 5-2.25.
Shot put: 12, Jessica Dolechek, 33-6.5.
Discus: 10, Kim Schulz, 111-6.
Javelin: 4, Kim Schulz, 125-5.