Blue Hawks set for National Championship

Blue Hawks set for National Championship

DICKINSON, N.D. – Dickinson State University has sent 10 student-athletes to Geneva, Ohio to compete in the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.  Over 130 men's and women's programs will compete as action begins at 1 p.m. EST Thursday with the women's pentathlon and the men's heptathlon at 1:30 p.m.

The Blue Hawks will look to the men's 4x4 unit of Breyan Miller, Cory Gill, Michael Palczewski, and Nathan Magstadt to get the ball rolling on Thursday (Mar. 6).

Miller will also compete in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash. 

Dante Carter is scheduled to participate in the mile, and 1,000-meter dash.  Carter is the reigning 1,000-meter champion after his performance last season. 

Dustin Sandbak will compete in the 800-meter.  Andrew Knebel will look to earn All-American honors in the high jump.

Magstadt will compete in the 4x4 and also the 60-meter hurdle.

Brady Sundheim will compete in the triple jump.

The women's indoor team sent Hailey Schaper and Brittany Young to Geneva.

Young will compete in 800-meter, while Schaper will compete in the high jump.

Forty-two events are scheduled over the three-day span. The Women's 5,000-meter relays will kick off the track portion of events at 4 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, the heptathlon begins the day at 10 a.m., followed by the running and field events at noon. The National Championship ceremony, which honors eligible team's Champions of Character individual awards and the Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character team awards, starts off Saturday at noon. 

The national champions and award winners will be recognized Saturday at approximately 4:30 p.m. The top six athletes in each event and top four relay teams will each earn team points and achieve NAIA All-America status.

 The NAIA has partnered with NeuLion to provide coverage of this year's National Championships.  To watch events live click here.  For schedule information click here.  For the press book click here.