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Up and down day at nationals for DSU

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Two days down and just one more to go at the NAIA Outdoor national championships.

The Dickinson State track and field teams experienced a mixture of excitement and disappointment between the first two days of competition.

On Thursday, the men’s 400-meter relay — consisting of Jon Dinius, Garreth Kerr, Myren Moore and Breyan Miller — qualified for the finals with a time of 41.21 seconds and Miller won his heat in the 200-meter dash with a qualifying time of 21.08, the fastest time going in the NAIA.

Miller also ran the fastest time going into finals for the 100-meter dash at 10.43 seconds on Friday and goes into the finals for both events ranked No. 1.

After missing a national title by 400ths of a second last year, DSU senior Nathan Magstadt was unable to clinch a spot in the finals due to a hamstring injury.

Magstadt’s leg didn’t hold up and ran the 400 meter hurdles in 58.40 seconds. The men’s 3,200-meter relay also failed to qualify Thursday after completing its heat in 7:44.23.

On Friday, senior high jumper Andy Knebel finished in a seven-way tie for seventh place after jumping 6 feet, 7 inches to earn all-America honors.

Both 800-meter runners — senior Brittany Young and sophomore Dante Carter — missed qualifying for finals on Friday. Young ran her race in 2:19.27. Carter, who already has a national title in the 800, completed his heat in 1:53.22.

The national meet wraps up today with DSU athletes still in the hunt for national championships and all-Americans.

The 400-meter relay team will compete, as will Miller in both of his events.

Brady Sundheim will have his turn in the triple jump and Whitney Leuenberger and Hailey Schaper will compete in the women’s discus and high jump, respectively.