MADISON, S.D. - Dickinson State (N.D.) never trailed after the first event of the 2018 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, rolling to their fourth straight conference title Friday at Trojan Field. Competitors braved through poor weather conditions with rain showers and cold conditions.
The Blue Hawks scored 203 points in the conference meet. Dakota State (S.D.) racked up a total of 162 points to place second, their second straight year that the Trojans finished as runner-up honor. DaSU also set a new school record for most points scored in the conference outdoor track & field season.
Valley City State (N.D.) also set a school record conference meet of 121 points to finish third in the team standings. Jamestown (N.D.) was fourth with 81 points, followed by Viterbo (Wis.) fifth with 53 points and Waldorf (Iowa) sixth with 32 points.
Cain Boschee, who was named to NSAA Men's Track Athlete-of-the-Meet, dominated in a pair of races. He captured the 100-meter dash title with a time of 10.76 seconds, as well as the 200-meters title in 22.40 seconds.
Timothy Ward of Dakota State earned the 400-meter dash title by clocking a time of 49.95 seconds.
DiSU's Rodney Henry claimed the 800-meter run title after running a time of 1:58.02.
Aaron Ford of Jamestown won the 1500-meters title in a thriller, edging out DaSU's Cameron Harming by .17 seconds. Ford registered a time of 4:09.12 in the race.
Nicholas Ganzeveld of Waldorf came from behind to win the 5000-meter title. He registered a time of 16:09.66. A pair of Trojans runners went 2-3 in the race with Braden Curnow picking up a second-place honor in 16:10.90, followed by Maxwell Cruse with a third place in 16:13.66.
Cleet Wrzesinski of Dickinson State won the 110-meter hurdles. He crossed the finish line by a time of 14.99 seconds.
VU's Bryce Dretske captured the 400-meter hurldes title after recording a time of 57.99 seconds.
Matthew Young produced the North Star conference meet record time of 9:41.55 to win the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Dakota State won a thrilling 4 x 100-meter relay race with a time of 42.99 seconds, edging out Dickinson State by .07 seconds.
The Blue Hawks posted a time of 3:26.12 to win the 4 x 400-meter relay.
Justin Moore collected a pair of jump titles for Viterbo. He won the high jump after clearing the height of 1.92 meters. He also won the long jump after leaping 7.00 meters.
Tyler Lems earned a pair of throwing titles for Dakota State. He set the NSAA conference meet record of 15.52 meters to claim the shot put title. He also won the discus throw after registering a distance of 48.54 meters, which is also the North Star conference meet record.
The official list of the 2018 North Star Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference will be announced on Monday.
NSAA Track Athlete-of-the-Meet: Cain Boschee - Dickinson State (N.D.)
NSAA Field Athlete-of-the-Meet: Tyler Lems - Dakota State (S.D.)
NSAA Coach-of-the-Year: Nick Walker - Dickinson State (N.D.)