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Leah Seivert Breaks School Record at the First Indoor

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Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
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Augustana University track & field opened up the 2015-16 indoor season on Friday at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open and the SDSU Preseason Open.

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At the GVSU Open, Leah Seivert broke the school record in the 5,000 meters by placing eighth with a time of 16:36.74, beating the previous mark of 16:40.52 set by Runa Falch in 2012. The time is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark for Seivert.

Keegan Carda and Harald Karbo both competed in the 5,000 meters where. Carda would finish ninth with a time of 14:27.61, which is provisional qualifying mark. Carda also missed the school record by 1.4 seconds. Karbo would take 20th crossing the line at 15:22.08.

“Anytime you can get a school record and a couple of provisional qualifiers in an early December meet, that bodes well for the upcoming indoor season,” head coach Tracy Hellman said. “Both Leah and Keegan had great races today.”

At the SDSU Preseason Open, Melissa Barella finished in fifth place with 2,994 points in the women’s pentathlon, which is a personal best. AJ Scarborough finishes with 2,222 points after day one of the men’s heptathlon.

Augustana will finish up the SDSU Preseason Open tomorrow with events beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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The Sioux Center Clan Help Dordt to Conf. Victory

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Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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Women

The Dordt College Defender women’s cross country team claimed the 2015 GPAC Championship with a 44 point performance at the meet hosted by Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

DORDT PLACE/TIMES

  • Kayla Byl-Sioux Center, IA  2/18:33
  • Justine Van Zee 3/18:47
  • Erika Douma-Sioux Center, IA 8/18:57
  • Kaylie Ogle 15/19:10
  • Julia Bos 16/19:14
  • Kelsey Lewis 23/19:36
  • Audrey Brooks 27/19:43

 

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NOTES

-Nebraska Wesleyan ran 2nd with 76 points, narrowly finishing in front of Morningside with 77.

-Dordt’s top-five runners were separated by 41 seconds.

-Byl’s second place time was 21 seconds off the pace set by GPAC champion Marissa DeWispelare from Doane.

-104 runners took part in the 5,000 meter race.

-Top-15 runners are accorded all-GPAC honors.

-Byl is a four-time all-GPAC performer.

-Douma and Van Zee both claimed all-GPAC honors as well last season.

-Dordt will run in the NAIA Championships on November 21 at Charlotte, North Carolina.

COACH WOLF SAID

“The ladies ran very strong today winning the conference by just over 30 points with four runners all conference (top 15) and a fifth at 16. The pack continues to run tighter as the season progresses,” said Dordt College coach Nate Wolf.

 

Men

The Dordt College Defender men’s cross country team finished sixth in the 2015 GPAC Championship on Saturday, November 7 at the meet hosted by Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

DORDT PLACE/TIMES

  • Sam Wensink 14/26:43
  • Ian Manske 16/26:48
  • Stephan McNamara 23/27:06
  • Ben Brockmueller 33/27:30
  • Justin McNamara 37/27:35
  • PJ Kooima-Sioux Center, IA 39/27:41
  • Adam Daane 43/27:47

NOTES

-Nebraska Wesleyan won the competition with 45 points and Northwestern was the top NAIA finisher with 74 points and will qualify for the National Championships and Morningside was third in a tightly contested race with 79 points. Dordt 123 and was two points out of fourth place.

-Jordan Wheeler from Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 8,000 meter course in 25:23. Danny Aldaba was the top NAIA runner with 25:28 while competing for Midland.

-Wensink claims All-GPAC honors with his top-15 finish.

-99 runners competed from 11 teams.

COACH WOLF SAID

“The men’s side ran incredibly tough today. Our men have battled very consistently throughout the year against Morningside, Northwestern and Concordia. The depth of the conference showed itself today with several teams running very strong,” said Dordt College coach Nate Wolf.

Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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Baldwin Leads Yellow Jackets At Conference Championship

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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The Black Hills State University men’s cross country team had its best team finish in the NCAA era at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship Saturday in Alamosa, Colorado. Alec Baldwin led the Yellow Jackets with a fifth place finish at the event as he crossed the finishing tape in 24:47.2.

The Yellow Jacket women’s squad placed 14th at the event.

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Baldwin earned his second-straight all-conference accolades with his fifth place finish, placing just three seconds behind fourth place and 10 seconds in front of sixth place.

Adams State won the event with 36 points, sliding by Colorado Mines with 52 points. Adams State is ranked No. 4 in the nation while Mines is No. 3. Western State, who is ranked No. 10, placed third followed by Colorado Mesa with 74 and 141 points, respectively. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs placed fifth with 164 points. The Yellow Jackets, No. 17 in the nation were fifth with 186 points followed CSU-Pueblo and MSU Denver 204 and 229 points, respectively.

Kendall Murie was the second Yellow Jacket across the finish line in 26:04.3, good enough for 29th place while Jonah Theisen placed 45th in 26:28.1. Josh Davis and Aaron Schone round out the Yellow Jacket point scorers in 55th and 61st places, respectively.

 

Black Hills State continues its season November 7 at the South Central Region Championship in Canyon, Texas.

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Central Missouri Coach Kirk Petersen Needs our Support!

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Coach Kirk Pedersen-Central Missouri
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Kirk Pedersen is the Head Cross Country & Co-Head Track & Field Coach at the University of Central Missouri. Coach Pedersen has had some health issues over the past 6 weeks, as well as a stroke which has left him hospitalized. He struggled some this summer and went in for a check-up about 6 weeks ago. They found some blockage in his heart and put two stints in to help the problem. He was released and two days later suffered a serious stroke.

While in the hospital over the next two weeks he suffered a minor heartache and has been up and down since. After progressing well last week, he was transported to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln Nebraska this past week. He is progressing well, but still has limited right side movement, struggles to sleep, has low blood pressure, and does not communicate well at this point. His wife Jill and Kip Janvrin say that at some moments he can seem close to normal and at other/most times he is not. The road ahead is unknown for Kirk and his family and doctors should know the effects of what his current therapy will do for him short and long term.

There is a Gofundme account that has been set up to help him and his family. The long term of his health and needs are not known at this time so any help you all want to give would be much appreciated! The Gofundme account link is below, as well as his current address in Lincoln. If you are on Facebook, you can join the group “Kirk’s Crew” for updates.

For Coach Pedersen’s Gofundme Account Click Here!

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Kirk Pedersen room 135
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506

Also A new link for Meals for Kirk and Jill’s Kids Click Here!

Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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Baldwin Claims Griak Title and Athlete of the Week Honors

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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Black Hills State University senior distance runner Alec Baldwin has been named the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Athlete of the Week. Baldwin is the first-ever BHSU athlete to be awarded the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.

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Baldwin, a native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, claimed the Roy Griak Invitational’s Maroon II Division individual title in 25:27.4. The time was 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and more than 30 seconds ahead of the closest division II finisher in the 8K race.

The Yellow Jackets claimed the team title at the event, the first-ever team title in school history at one of the nation’s premier meets.

Baldwin, an NCAA Championship qualifier a year ago, has not placed worse than second in 2015 with two first-places through three meets. He won the home Yellow Jacket Invitational and placed second at the South Dakota Mines Invitational.

As a team, behind Baldwin’s leadership, the Green and Gold are undefeated on the season having won all three meets.

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Leah Seivert Athlete of the Week!

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Augustana University women’s cross country runner Leah Seivert was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. This is the first Athlete of the Week honor for Seivert.

Seivert finished first overall in the women’s college division at the Augustana Twilight with a time of 16:25.70, she finished as the fastest runner in both divisions at the twilight finishing 23 seconds faster than Division I runners.

The Vikings will be idle until Sept. 26 as they travel to Minnesota to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational.

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Baldwin Wins Renamed Opening Meet

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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Friday morning the Black Hills State University cross country program held the final Yellow Jacket Invitational in its only home meet of the year. Alec Baldwin won the men’s race in convincing fashion but that was secondary to what was announced following the race.

Head coach Scott Walkinshaw announced following the race that from now on, the home meet for Black Hills State will be known as the Gage McSpadden Memorial Invitational. McSpadden was a member of the Yellow Jacket cross country team before being killed during the summer.

Also following Friday’s race, Vice President for University Advancement Steve Meeker announced that the Gage McSpadden Memorial Endowment Scholarship has been fully funded and will be awarded in the fall of 2016.

Meeker stated that in his 25 years at Black Hills State, he has not seen a collective effort to raise funds for a single cause as he did for Gage McSpadden’s Memorial Endowment. Meeker also noted the endowment was spearheaded by the Yellow Jackets opponents Friday morning, University of Mary’s head coach Dennis Newell.

Newell is a former All-American for Black Hills State and is a 2015 inductee into the Yellow Jackets Hall of Fame.

In the race, a dual with Mary, the Yellow Jacket men won with 21 points led by Baldwin’s 6K time of 19:08.65. Jonah Theisen crossed the line in second place in 19:52.07. Kenall Murie claimed fourth and Joshua Davis in sixth in 19:57.97 and 20:13.34, respectively.

Aaron Schone placed eighth and Isaac Iverson ninth as the final Yellow Jackets in the top-10.

The University of Mary claimed 37 points in the men’s race.

On the women’s side, Mary won the team title with 15 points led by Alexis Zeis, who was the individual medalist. The Yellow Jackets were led by a pair of freshmen for the second-straight meet as Cailey Roth placed sixth in the 4K in 16:22.87 and Tori Moore seventh in 16:37.52.

Shelby Stoltz, Katelyn Woten and Sierra Miles placed ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively. Stoltz’s time was 17:08.66, Woten in 17:17.85 and Miles in 17:30.20.

Black Hills State’s harriers next return to the course September 26 at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota. However on Saturday, the inaugural Gage McSpadden “Sherriff” 5K run/3K walk takes place at Spearfish City Park. Anyone interested in running or walking may register day of the race.

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Next Level Iowa D2 Runner of the Year: Alec Baldwin-Black Hills St.

alec baldwinAlec Baldwin, the junior from Spirit Lake Park claimed fourth place in the D2 1,500-meter run in 3:48.73. Baldwin had outstanding XC and indoor seasons and carried that momentum on to outdoor to earn his third NCAA All-America honor after claiming the elite status in the mile run and distance medley relay during the 2015 indoor season.

 

Congratulations to Alec Baldwin The Next Level Iowa’s D2 Runner of the Year!

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Next Level Iowa AOY: Leah Seivert-Augustana, SD

leah seivertLeah Seivert collected her second career outdoor All-American honors and finished as the top freshman in both her events at the D2 championships. The Sibley Ocheyden native entered the 5k ranked 14th and fought her way to a new personal-best time of 16:47.23 to take fourth. Seivert closed her freshman campaign earning her fourth All-American accolades, after taking 10th in cross country, seventh in the 5,000-meter during the indoor season, and fourth in the 10k on Thursday.

“For Seivert [Leah] to place with her fourth All-American award as a true freshman really confirms her place as one of Division II top distance runners,” Coach Tracy Hellman said.

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Baldwin Collects 3rd All-American Honor

blackhillsBlack Hills State University made it three-for-three for All-America honors as Madison McLaughlin and Alec Baldwin each placed highly at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Michigan.

McLaughlin placed third in the shot put with her toss of 50-8.25. The throw came on her first toss and was able to hold off the field of 19 competitors for her second-straight Outdoor Shot Put All-America accolade.

Baldwin claimed fourth place in the 1,500-meter run in 3:48.73. The junior qualified for the finals of the event on Thursday and carried the momentum for his third NCAA All-America honor after claiming the elite status in the mile run and distance medley relay during the 2015 indoor season.

Mitch Kraft placed eighth in the steeplechase on Friday giving the Yellow Jackets three All-Americans during the outdoor season. Kraft exhausted his NCAA eligibility following the race while Baldwin and McLaughlin will return for their senior seasons.