FOREST CITY, Iowa –The Dickinson State University men's track and field team cruised to its second straight conference championship during the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Outdoor Championships, which concluded on Friday.
Dickinson State captured the title after totaling 212 points in the three-day meet. The University of Jamestown (129) finished second to place ahead of Viterbo University (120.5), Waldorf University (86.5), Valley City State University (77) and Dakota State University (55).
Dickinson State's Ty Malone earned the Men's Field Athlete of the Meet award. He secured second in the shot put with a throw of 13.98 meters (45 feet, 10.5 inches) and recorded a distance of 37.45 meters (122 feet, 10.5 inches) in the discus for a third-place finish.
Tristen Guillot ran to second (2:01.42) in the 800 and Guillot (4:19.54) took third in the 1,500.
Zach Girard claimed third with a height of 1.79 meters (5 feet, 10.5 inches), beating out Jamestown's Keith Rogers on a tiebreaker in the high jump.
Jay Liggins locked up the long jump and triple jump titles. He set a conference-meet record in the triple jump with a performance of 6.94 meters (22 feet, 9.25 inches). Liggins also turned in a distance of 13.79 meters (45 feet, 3 inches) in the long jump.
Josh Reed placed third with a distance of 6.2 meters (20 feet, 4 inches) in the long jump.
Boschee also captured the 200 title with a time of 22.46 seconds.
Dobitz captured first (50.37) in the 400 while Reed clocked a time of 51.34 seconds for second.
Jose Chorro ran to a time of 14.77 seconds to win the 110 hurdles. Seth Moerkerke took third (15.84).
Beau Ackerman won the javelin with a 51.08-meter (167-foot-7-inch) throw.
Dickinson State's 4x100 relay team of Chorro, Dobitz, Mason Frank and Boschee ran down first (42.64) to earn an all-conference spot in the race.
Dickinson State closed out the track events with a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay. The relay team of Lewis Dobitz, Josh Reed, Tristen Guillot, and Cain Boschee clocked a time of 3:28.66 for the Blue Hawks.
Dickinson State coach Chris Creal was named the NSAA Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Any athletes that met a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) "A" qualifying standard during the season receive an automatic invitation to the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., beginning on May 26. Recording a NAIA "B" qualifying standard makes an athlete eligible to receive a provisional bid to the national meet.