The 2015-16 RMAC Indoor Track & Field Preseason All-Conference awards were announced on Wednesday, and Black Hills State’s Alec Baldwin and New Mexico Highland’s Salcia Slack highlighted the list of student-athletes.
Baldwin was named 2015-16 RMAC Indoor Track & Field Preseason Male Athlete of the Year, while Slack garnered the Preseason Female Athlete of the Year honor.
The preseason awards and all-conference list were voted on by the league’s head track & field coaches. Those coaches could not vote for their own student-athletes.
Baldwin, a senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, is coming off a spectacular indoor season last year when he earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division II Championships. He was a member of the distance medley relay team that finished sixth. Individually, he placed fifth in the mile run, breaking the school record at the meet and becoming the first individual to earn All-America in indoor track & field for Black Hills State during the Division II era.
Slack, a senior from Kingston, Jamaica, was named last year’s RMAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and was the Athlete of the Meet at the RMAC Championships. At the NCAA Championships, she won four-of-five individual pentathlon events, winning the pentathlon. She also earned All-America honors with a second-place finish in the hurdles and a third-place finish in the triple jump.
2015-16 RMAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason All-Conference
Oliver Aitchison – Adams State, Jr.
Marty Andrie – Colorado Mines, Sr.
Alec Baldwin – Black Hills State, Sr.
Zach Baxter – Adams State, Sr.
Chaz Butler – Adams State, Sr.
Robin Butler – Western State, Sr.
Keifer Johnson – Western State, Jr.
Damarcus Simpson – Chadron State, So.
Jurgen Themen – Adams State, Sr.
Dueth Vassall – CSU-Pueblo, So.
Patrick Weaver – Colorado Mines, Jr.
* – There was a tie for 10th, so there are 11 Men’s Preseason All-RMAC members.
2015-16 RMAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason All-Conference
Shelby Bozner – Chadron State, Sr.
Serena Canegan – Adams State, Jr.
Alicja Konieczek – Western State, So.
Rachael Lopez – CSU-Pueblo, So.
Madison McLaughlin – Black Hills State, Sr.
Shanice McPherson – New Mexico Highlands, Jr.
Stachia Reuwsaat – Chadron State, Jr.
Chante Roberts – Adams State, Jr.
Salcia Slack – New Mexico Highlands, Sr.
Sunayna Wahi – Adams State, Sr.
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.
Courtesy Vikings Athletic
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.
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.
- 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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-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.
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.
- 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
-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.
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.
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.
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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.
Courtesy Yellow Jackets Athletics
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.