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Dickinson State adds 5 national qualifiers

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Dickinson State track and field teams have a little under a month until the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in May and continue to qualify athletes.

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The Blue Hawks competed at the Jack Christiansen Invitational on Saturday and had five more qualifiers — the usual runners and jumpers qualified but also added a newcomer — to their long list.

For the women, freshman Whitney Lueneberger hit the A standard in the discus with a distance of 143 feet, 3 inches. Also, the women’s 1,600-meter relay team ran a personal best time of 4 minutes, 1.28 seconds.

On the men’s side, DSU finished in first place in the non-Division I division with 154 points. On the running side, both Breyan Miller and Nathan Magstadt met the A standards as well as ran the second-fastest times in the NAIA in their respected events. Miller won the 200 meter dash at 21.21 seconds, while Magstadt finished runner-up in the 400 meter hurdles at 51.99 seconds.

Brady Sundheim met the A in the triple jump (47-10.50 feet) and Andy Knebel won the high jump with 6-11 feet and is currently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA.

Dante Carter also placed fourth in the 800 meter at 1:59.90, which is the fourth-fastest time in the NAIA.

DSU competes in its last regular season meet of the year at the Howard Wood Relays starting Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D.