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DSU gets 2 national qualifiers in 1st meet

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The Dickinson State men’s and women’s track and field teams had less than two weeks to prepare for its first competition and the hard work paid off.

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The Blue Hawks had two men qualify for nationals with A standard times and had two others meet the B standard in the David Little Invitational on Saturday.

Junior Breyan Miller won and ran a national qualifying time the 60-meter dash at 6.91 seconds. DSU finished in the top four spots in the event as Jon Dinius took runner-up (7.09), followed by Mason Frank in third (7.23) and Josh Neumiller in fourth (7.25).

Sophomore Dante Carter qualified for national after winning the mile in 4:18.56. DSU first year head coach Mike Nekuda said he was extremely pleased with Miller and Carter’s performances and it was also expected.

Other Blue Hawks for the men who impressed Nekuda are seniors Brady Sundheim and Andy Knebel. Sundheim won the triple jump, while Knebel took first in the high jump. Both jumpers met the B standard in their respected events. Sundheim jumped 14.17 meters missing the A standard by four inches. Knebel reached 2.04 meters in the high jump missing A standard by an inch.

Returning all-American Nathan Magstadt finished in first place for the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.30 time, but missed the B standard.

On the women’s side, no athletes qualified, but Nekuda said he sees sophomore Stormie Sickler and senior Hailey Schaper meeting a qualified time or height in the near future.

Sickler finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a 2:25.32 and took third in the 600-meter run at 1:43.35.

Schaper placed second in the high jump at 1.57 meters.

The Blue Hawks have a week to prepare before traveling to its next meet — the Cobber Duals 11 a.m. Saturday at Concordia College (Minn.).