On Friday March, 31st, and Saturday April, 1st the Dakota State men’s and women’s track team participated in the Southwest Minnesota State Mustang Open. The event took place in Marshall, Minnesota, the location of the host, Southwest Minnesota State. The event featured schools from Division 1, Division 2, and NAIA.
Highlighting the meet was Kylie Martin, who broke her own personal record and DSU record with a 47.45 meter mark in the women’s hammer throw. Martin took 7th place overall in the event, and also took 7th place in the women’s shotput. Tyler Lems took 11th place in the men’s shotput, and teammate Brandon Schmidt took 16th.
The DSU men had a number of place-winners in the men’s 400 meter dash. Dakota State’s top runner in the race was Mark Moeller, who finished in 7th with a time of 50.15 seconds. Shortly behind Moeller in 8th place was fellow Trojan, D’Artist Williams, who came in with a time of 50.40 seconds. Williams would also finish 5th in the 200 meter with a time of 22.40 seconds. Alex Derr placed 13th, coming in at the 51.53 mark in the 400 meter. To round out DSU’s placements in the event, Cameron Harming came in 21st, and Cory Hermann came in 24th. Four of those runners, Moeller, Derr, Harming, and Hermann also competed in the 4×400 meter relay and ended with a 6th place finish.
The men and women both had multiple place-winners in the 100 meter dash. Megan Schrempp came in 15th overall with a time of 13.55 seconds. Breanna Adsit was not far behind, placing 17th, and earning a time of 13.98 seconds. Bailey Ludens came up with the best time for the men in the event, clocking in at 11.92 and a 16th place finish. Keenan Kelly was right behind him at 17th with a time of 11.96, and Austin Row came in 19th with a time of 12.40 seconds.
Breanna Olson was 14th in the 200 meter, crossing the finish line at 27.42 seconds. And Tyra Laws, who also placed 17th in the 400 meter, placed 21st in the 200 meter with a time of 29.05 seconds.