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Hawks take pair of 3rd-place finishes

MARION, Ind. -- The Dickinson State track and field team claimed a pair of bronze medals Friday at the NAIA outdoor national championships.

Dustin Sandbak, Denis Patrick Delano Lilly and Dante Carter raced to a school-record time of 7 minutes, 32.13 seconds in the men's 3,200-meter relay to place third in the very competitive field.

"We were extremely pleased with the way that group ran," DSU coach Pete Stanton said. "Some of them had never even been to nationals. For them to come through and run the splits and get the times they did, for us to come out third in that field, is remarkable."

Morningside College won the 3,200 in a time of 7:26.33, while Oklahoma Baptist placed second in 7:28.62.

DSU junior Andrew Knebel jumped a personal-record in the high jump at 6 feet, 11 inches to take bronze. It was a strong finish for Knebel after a rocky start.

"He put together a really nice night," Stanton said. "He missed his first jump, but made his second and got going from there. It was a career PR for him and he picked a great time to do it."

Mike Edwards of Embry-Riddle jumped 7-1 to claim the title.

Jermaine Jones (Culver-Stockton) was the runner-up at 6-11.

Fredrick Agbaje and Breyan Miller made the finals in both the men's 100 and 200 dashes.

"We had a very nice day," Stanton said. "We executed well all the way across the board."

Agbaje and Miller will both run in the 400 relay finals as well today with Josh Neumiller and Jon Dinus.

Nathan Magstadt competes in the 400-hurdle finals, while Carter will race in the 1,500.

Brady Sundheim rounds out the DSU men in the triple jump finals.

Haley Schaper is the lone competitor on the women's side. She will go for gold in the high jump.

"Tomorrow is what we shoot for all year long," Stanton said. "We hope to perform our best and not put any pressure on ourselves."