By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
CHADRON, NEB. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s and women
track teams traveled to Nebraska this past Friday evening to compete in
the Eagle Twilight Invitational on the campus of Chadron State.
The Hardrockers gave some impressive performances setting a couple
personal-best marks and even one provisional qualification to the NAIA
National Championships that will be held in March at Johnson City, Tenn.
Freshman high jumper Madison Lane (Fort Collins, Colo.) earned the
provisional after clearing a height of 5-foot-3-inches. That leap was also good enough to earn her second
in the meet and puts her as the third-best jumper in the Dakota Athletic Conference.
“Madi cleared 5-3 and had some good shots at the next height of 5-5,” said Hardrocker head track coach
Fellow high jumper Ashley Stewart also performed well in the event. The junior from Scotland, S.D., took
third after a leap of 5-1. And like Lane, Stewart also had some good attempts at the next height as well.
“Ashley Stewart’s 5-1 equaled last year’s best jump,” Schafer said. “Both girls jumped closer to their
potential and I was pleased with what the got done in the meet.”
Hardrocker sophomore Brittney Hovdenes (Rapid City, S.D.) had an impressive 800-meter run, winning
the event Friday and posting a time of 2 minutes and 35.31 seconds. Schafer said her time was very
comparable to the marks she put up last week during the BHSU Invite.
SDM freshman Ashley Kemnitz made her debut in the 55 hurdles where she ran a fast time of 9.69
during the prelims. Unfortunately she suffered a hamstring injury in the finals but was still able to finish
the race (12.42).
On the men’s side, junior Colton Reid continues to make progress in the mid-distance
events. At Friday’s meet, the Colstrip, Mont., native clocked a time of
2:03.02 in the 800 which earned him second place.
“Colton ran a good race in the (800),” Schafer said. “He is getting his
competitiveness back after redshirting last year.”
Jason Simmons (junior from New Underwood, S.D.) set a school indoor 60-
meter record with his preliminary run in the 55 Dash on Friday. Simmons
time of 6.49 converts to a 7.00 60 dash time. Simmons converted time is .03
second faster than the record set by Dain Patterson in 1997. Simmons got
seventh in the finals of Friday’s race after posting a time of 6.64.
‘Rocker thinclads shine at Eagle Twilight meet
Other highlights for the Hardrocker men, included: Marcus Moor (Kadoka, S.D.) finished third in the
5,000 run in a time of 16:44.98; while teammate Matt Pike(freshman from Winnemucca, Nev.) was a
spot back in fourth with a time of 16:46.17; freshman Thomas Everett earned sixth in the 5,000 Run
posting a time of 17:42.01; Eb Nordahl finished the same race in seventh spot in a time of 19:31.50;
freshman Rod McRae (Redfield, S.D.) represented SD Mines in the jumping events taking ninth place in
both the long jump (19-3.25) and the triple jump (37-11.50); senior Matt Deardoff (Brandon, S.D.)
secured eighth place in the shot put with a toss of 46-2.5; and sophomore Everett Brill (Elko, Nev.) had a
personal best mark of 40-4.75 in the shot put for 12th and also took sixth in the weight throw with a
throw of 45-7.25.
“Overall, I thought the kids competed much better this week than the previous week at Black Hills
State,” Schafer said. “They were more aggressive in all their events, they were better in the technical
aspect of their events and I think we are headed in the
Schafer added that the Hardrockers do have several
people injured but they are slowly getting back to 100
Next up, the Hardrockers head to Vermillion, S.D. Saturday
for the University of South Dakota Invitational.
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s
basketball team came out on the short end of the stick
this past weekend dropping two Dakota Athletic
Conference games on the road in Mayville, N.D. against
the Mayville State Comets and in Madison, S.D., to the
Dakota State Trojans.
“We came out strong in both games this weekend,” said
Hardrocker men’s head coach Jason Henry. “We built up
pretty good leads and then just lost our intensity in both
outings. We gave up easy baskets and the effort was just
not where it needed to be by some individuals.”
In Friday’s matchup, the Comets came away with the
victory, 77-74. The SD School of Mines held a six-point edge
at the half, 39-33, but got outscored down the stretch as the
Comets put up 44 points to the Hardrockers’ 35 in the
SD Mines sophomore Brent Cass (with ball) splits two
Valley City defenders and he gets two points on an easy
jump shot during a recent home game. Photo by Brad
SD Mines Brandon Smith did his part for the Hardrockers, leading his team in scoring and rebounding.
The senior from Amenia, N.D., cashed in for 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the game. Fellow
senior Donny DeGooyer (Great Falls, Mont.) also had a good night with 14 markers and sophomore AJ
Trennepohl (Lubbock, Texas) contributed with 11 points.
On Saturday, the Dakota State Trojans pulled the upset, defeating the Hardrockers, 73-67. Free throws
were a big key for the DSU win as the home team sank 26-33, shooting 79 percent in the game.
SD Mines had just a two-point tilt at the half, 30-28, and much like Friday’s game, the Hardrockers were
outscored down the stretch and couldn’t mount a come-back in time. The Trojans posted 45 points in
the second half to SDM’s 37.
Smith again had a big game for the ‘Rockers, recording 14 points in the game, while Robbie Fedor (junior
from Monticello, Minn.) posted 13, Carl Johnson (junior from Rapid City, S.D.) added 11 and Trennepohl
contributed with 10 off the bench.
With the two losses, the Hardrockers’ record falls to 15-8 overall and 4-5 in the DAC. SDM also drops
from third in the conference standings to fourth.
“It was a long trip for the Hardrockers, but the true is that we didn’t get it done against two teams that
we need to get wins from,” Henry added.
Mines will next see action this weekend on the final two home games of the regular season when the
Hardrockers play host to Minot State Friday and Dickinson State Saturday.
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team made their longest North
Dakota road trip of the season this past weekend, traveling all the way to Mayville, N.D. to take on the
Lady Comets and then took on Dakota State in Madison, S.D. on the trek back.
The journey way up north paid off for the Lady Hardrockers, as the weary travelers won the bout, 69-64.
It was a back-and-forth battle, but the Hardrockers were able to break away late in the game to post the
The Comets led at the half, 29-27, but then the Hardrockers surged in the second half, posting 42 points
to Mayville’s 35.
Junior sensation Bethany Holyoak (Moorcroft, Wyo.) showed her consistency, cashing in for 22 points,
grabbed six rebounds and one block to lead the ‘Rockers. Whitney Ashford (sophomore from Littleton,
Colo.) also impressed off the bench with 14 markers and sophomore Loryn Schuetzle dished in eight
points on the night.
Saturday’s matchup did not net the same results as the DSU Lady T’s took control early and stayed just
out of reach of the ‘Rockers to win the DAC game, 76-68.DSU held a four-point advantage in the first
frame, 32-28, and had the same results in the second half, 44-40.
Free throws contributed to the home team’s win as Dakota State shot 72 percent from the line, cashing
in on 18-25.
Holyoak recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jerika
Ihnen (sophomore from Tea, S.D.) cashed in for 10 points. Schuetzle also did well grabbing 11 boards
and scored seven points.
With the split on the weekend, the Lady ‘Rockers record is now 8-15 on the season and 4-5 in
conference play. SD Mines is currently fifth in the DAC standings and will next welcome Minot State and
Dickinson this weekend to the King Center.
Lady Hardrocker Leah
Sundby (No. 50) drives
through the lane and goes up
for a layup during a home
game against Jamestown
College early this season.
Photo by Brad Blume
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