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DSU claims 13 1st-place finishes in Spearfish

SPEARFISH, S.D. -- The Dickinson State men's and women's track and field teams left the Yellow Jacket Spring Open with a bunch of smiles.

The reasoning for the smiles was the Blue Hawks took a total of 13 first-place finishes.

DSU men's team had nine and the women's team supplied four on Thursday at Lyle Hare Stadium.

Leading the men's team were junior Nathan Magstadt and sophomore Fredrick Agbaje. Both took two first-place finishes during the open.

Magstadt, a Dickinson High School graduate, won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.51 seconds and 400 hurdles in 53.07. Agbaje placed first in the 200 and 400 dashes with times of 21.35 and 49.33, respectively.

Dante Carter continues to have a strong freshman season winning the 800 with a time of 1:55.04. The freshman from Las Vegas is already a NAIA national champion after winning the 1,000 during the indoor season.

DSU's four other first-place finishers were Brady Sundheim in the triple jump at 46 feet, 4.25 inches, Andrew Knebel in the high jump (6-6), Denis Patrick in the 1,500 (4:04.92) and the Blue Hawk's 1600 relay team (3:19.84).

On the women's side, Stormie Sickler, a Dickinson High School graduate, won the 800 at 2:19.44. The sophomore at DSU finished more than 3 seconds faster than runner-up Gillete (Wyo.) College's Makala Diggs.

Hailey Schaper, a graduate of Killdeer, finished first in the high jump (5-5), while Shelby Snare won the 400 (1:00.6) and Kim Schulz took the javelin (129-9).

Not only did the Blue Hawks have a host of first-place finisher, but had many multiple placers.

Alysse Charlesworth was runner-up in the triple jump (34-3) and fourth in the high jump (4-9). Schaper also placed third in the triple jump (33-2), while Lorna Shepherd was third in the 100 (13.21).

On the men's side, Jon Dinius took runner-up in the 100 and fourth in the 200 with times of 11.14 and 22.51, respectively. Josh Neumiller also placed in the top 10 in the 100 and 200. He finished fourth in the 100 (11.3) and seventh in the 200 (22.8). Mason Frank, a graduate of Dickinson High School, was fifth in the 100 (11.44).

Magstadt had company in the hurdles as Jose Charro took third in 110 (15.25), Wyatt Mirich fourth (15.66) and Jordan Moore sixth (16.00). Jose Charro placed fourth in the 400 hurdles (56.95) and Knebel was seventh (57.91).

Dustin Sandbak and Breyan Miller each finished runner-up. Sandbak's was in the 800 (1:55.63) and Miller's was the 200 (21.83).

DSU continues its track and field season with the Black Hills State Open on Saturday.