Blue Hawks get back on track
FARGO -- Finally. That was all Pete Stanton could think on a day when the Dickinson State track and field teams began racking up wins and qualifying several of its athletes for the NAIA national championships at the North Dakota State Bison Class...
FARGO -- Finally.
That was all Pete Stanton could think on a day when the Dickinson State track and field teams began racking up wins and qualifying several of its athletes for the NAIA national championships at the North Dakota State Bison Classic on Saturday at Ellig Sports Complex.
"Today was a good breakout day for us," said Stanton, DSU's coach.
Roosevelt Curry set a new NAIA high in the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, five inches and Jamal Forbes qualified for the national championships with a first-place finish in the 100-meter sprint.
Forbes won with a time of 10.68 seconds.
"We had a performance today that was indicative of what we were capable of in the outdoor season," Stanton said.
On the women's side, Keneisha Miller qualified for nationals in the 200 with a first-place finish and a time of 25.03.
"We needed to have a solid performance," Stanton said. "I thought our first two meets, even though we had some really good things. We needed to have a better performance than what we have been doing."
A downpour of rain prevented the Blue Hawks from competing in the discus, shot put and hammer throws.
"That was the only downside," Stanton said. "Other than that it was a solid day and were were pleased."
Blue Hawks fair
well at Kansas Relays
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- DSU junior John Kungu took third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the University of Kansas Relays on Friday with a time of 9:07.78.
Dominic Goodman took sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 49-11. Mike Thompson was eight at 48-7¼.
Junior Rose Jepkirui took seventh in the 5,000 on Thursday with a time of 18.13.74.
Kelsey Aide broke in the pole vault finals with a height of 11-6.