SIOUX FALLS - Northern State got in its first outdoor work of the season on Saturday.
The Northern State track and field team competed in its first outdoor meet during the Vance Butler Invitational, which was hosted by Augustana College at Howard Wood Field.
The Wolves were scheduled to host their own meet on Saturday, but that was canceled.
We had to cancel our meet and I think about six of our teams went down there, Northern State coach Jim Fuller said. There were about 25 colleges there. Three Division Is, countless Division IIs and NAIAs. Honestly it might have been the most competitive track meet that I have seen in South Dakota in 23 years, because everybody just ended up at the same place. That is good.
NSU sophomore hurdler Luke Hauert picked up a pair of second place finishes. He placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of :14.86, which was just shy of his personal best in the event. He claimed second place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of :54.68, which was a personal best in the event.
Jill Schaefer and Andrea Sjomeling also had solid efforts in the 400-meter women's hurdles race. Schaefer placed sixth with a time of 1:05.25, which was a personal best by two seconds. Sjomeling's 1:08.66 time in the event was close to her personal best.
I thought the hurdlers ran very well, Fuller said. Those three kids - Luke, Jill and Andrea - they have only been on an outdoor track for one workout and they only went over three hurdles and so to run a 400 hurdle and run those times, I was happy about that.
Melodi Boke placed second in the shot put with a toss of 44-10 . Yvonne Freese placed fifth in the discus throw with a mark of 135-4 and Krystal Lacey placed 10th with a 125-10 mark.
I thought we threw the discus well on the girls side particularly, Fuller said.
Northern State will compete at the Emporia State Relays in Emporia, Kan., this Saturday.
Northern State Results
110-Meter Hurdles: 2, Luke Hauert, :14.86.
400-Meter Hurdles: 2, Luke Hauert, :54.68.
1,500-Meter Run: 15, Jacob Arechigo, 4:08.85.
Discus Throw: 16, Jon Evenson, 132-5.
Shot Put: 15, Jared Thompson, 44-2 .
400-Meter Hurdles: 6, Jill Schaefer, :1:05.25; 13, Andrea Sjomeling, 1:08.66.
Discus Throw: 5, Yvonne Freese, 135-4; 10, Krystal Lacey, 125-10.
Shot Put: 2, Melodi Boke, 44-10 .
1,600-Meter Relay: 10, Northern State (Hannah Treinen, Andrea Sjomeling, Tanya Vassar, Jill Schaefer), 4:16.68.