DSU indoor track and field finishes strong at NAIA championships

Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Dante Carter set a Dickinson State record on Saturday (Mar. 8) during the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio. Carter was one of five Blue Hawks who were named All-Americans.

"Overall I'm very proud of both our men's and women's teams," Head Coach Mike Nekdua said. "Our men had to fight for every point that we earned and they showed a lot of toughness this weekend. Breyan Miller and Dante Carter led this men's team this entire year and continued doing so at the National Meet."

Andrew Knebel finished seventh in the men's high jump on Friday (Mar. 7). Knebel recorded a height of 6-foot-8 to earn All-American honors.

Dustin Sandbak earned two team points and finished seventh in the 800-meter dash. Sandbak posted a time of 1:54.97.

Brady Sundheim finished fifth in the triple jump at 14.65 meters. Sundheim earned two team points for Dickinson State.

Hailey Schaper finished 12th with a height of 5-foot-3 in the women's high jump.

Breyan Miller earned 11 team points by finishing sixth in the 60-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. In the 60 Miller finished with a time of 6.87. In the 200 he finished in 21.29 seconds.

"I took the 200 out hard and was leading with 80 meters to go," Miller said afterward. "I knew I had a chance to win but I was caught right at the line. I'm extremely happy with my time and effort because it was a 200 meter personal best. I just tried to go out there and give everything I had for my team."

Carter scored 10 team points and finished fifth in the men's 1,000 meter with a time of 2:30.04. In the mile, however, Carter excelled. He finished the mile in 4:09.57, setting a new Dickinson State record.

"My first concern was to focus on the mile," Carter said after. "The mile went out hard and the race was tough. I knew once it was over that I only had about an hour recovery until the final of the men's 1,000 meter run. I tried to stay loose and gave the 1000M everything I had but came up just a bit short."

The men finished tenth overall, compiling 29 points. The indoor season has come to a close and outdoor track and field will open on March 29 as the Blue Hawks travel to Black Hills.