Even though the school year is coming to a close, the DSU track and field season is still in full swing. So far, the season has been going very well. The men’s 4×100 team is celebrating their qualification to compete in the national track and field championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In addition, several athletes have hit individual qualifying marks, including Traia Hubbard, Kevin Jenkins, Tyler Moulton, Conner Tordsen, Qua Johnson, Alex Derr, Jacia Christiansen, Jada Anderson, and Max Cruse.
Other Trojans are still looking to qualify for the national championships. Junior runner, Jenni Giles, says, “Some goals that myself and the team have are to make a run for the conference title on both the men’s and women’s sides. We also hope to qualify more athletes for nationals and break some more school records in the process!”
Through all of the success that the Trojans have had so far, one of their biggest achievements, according to Traia Hubbard, is staying together. She explains, “We are very supportive of each other and their event even if we don’t have a clue what is actually happening during every race.” Jenni gives another good example of the teamwork and friendships built through the track and field family by adding, “Overall my favorite part of the season has been competing with many of the girls basketball athletes who have joined us for the outdoor season now that their basketball season has wrapped up. They significantly increase our numbers on the girls’ side and really help out our relay teams.”
There are only a few meets left in the year, and the Trojans are busy getting ready to compete in their upcoming conference and national championships. Their next meet will be in Vermillion, SD on May 7 before heading to Forest City, Iowa on May 13-14 for the NSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Qualifying athletes will then head to Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 26-28 to compete in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.