Magstadt earns a runner-up finish, Hawks take 5th
MARION, Ind. -- Behind 11 all-Americans, the Dickinson State men's track and field team finished fifth in the nation Saturday at the NAIA outdoor national championships.
"We're extremely pleased," DSU coach Pete Stanton said. "To finish in the top five in the nation when there's 200 (NAIA) track teams in the nation, to be in the top five is a great accomplishment."
Indiana Tech won the national championship.
The Blue Hawks were led by junior Nathan Magstadt, who finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.85 seconds. The Dickinson native is now a three-time all-American.
"Nathan's a gamer. That's all you can say about him," Stanton said. "He knows how to close the deal and he knows how to compete. He does all those things right during the year and it all comes together for him at the end."
Southern University at New Orleans hurdler Sheldon Williams edged Magstadt for the top spot in 51.81.
Breyan Miller ran a personal-best time in the 200 meters, clocking in at 21.23 to place third. Miller's performance came one hour after he finished sixth in the 100 in 10.63.
DSU's Fredrick Agbaje suffered a right leg hamstring injury and fell to eighth in the 100 (10.86). The injury prevented him from racing the 200.
Miller and Agbaje teamed up earlier in the day with Jon Dinius and senior Josh Neumiller in the 400 relay and placed second in 40.60.
Dante Carter claimed all-American honors with his fifth-place time of 3:52.14 in the 1,500 meters.
Brady Sundheim leaped 48-1¾ in the triple jump to take fifth.
On the women's side, junior Hailey Schaper did not place in the high jump due to a nagging right ankle injury.
With only seniors Neumiller and Kim Schulz graduating, the future looks bright for DSU track and field team.
"We're certainly looking forward to next year," Stanton said. "It's going to be a fun year."