By Ryan Deal, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:02 PM PDT, April 22, 2013
Jill Schaefer and Hannah Treinen have been mirror images of each other this season.
The Northern State track and field athletes compete in two of the same events, while also running on the Wolves’ 1,600-meter relay team. The two compete in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.
“We are really similar,” Schaefer said. “We do a lot of the same events. Our workouts are usually together. That is nice to have somebody to practice with all the time and to push you and help you get better.”
The results have shown so far this season. Schaefer has the fourth best 400-meter hurdle time in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a time of 1-minute and :03.40 seconds. She also has the seventh best 100-meter hurdle time in the NSIC. Treinen has the sixth best 400-meter hurdle conference time in the event 1:04.75. Treinen also competes in the heptathlon during the outdoor season.
“It is just exciting knowing that both of our work is paying off,” Treinen said. “It is just exciting that we are both doing well. We can both be happy for each other and we are both still pushing each other.”
The duo pushed each other during the first two meets of the outdoor season. Schaefer won the 400-meter hurdles at the Vance Butler Invitational in Sioux Falls during the first meet of the season. Treinen finished second in the event. The following week, Schaefer won the event again at the Concordia College Invitational in Seward, Neb. Treinen again finished second to her teammate.
“To have two hurdlers from one school place one-two is rare,” Schaefer said. “It is really nice to have our hard work and everything pay off at meets.”
NSU track and field coach, Kevin Bjerke, said the two almost did not finish first and second at the meet in Nebraska. The two were step-for-step with each other for about seven hurdles, said Bjerke. Schaefer pulled away and Treinen was about to get caught by another girl before she earned second place.
“I think deep down she knew ‘This is going to be cool if we can finish one-two again,’ ” Bjerke said. “She gutted it out to make sure the girl didn’t pass her.”
In the first meet of the season, Schaefer bested Treinen’s time by less than a second. In the second meet, Schaefer beat Treinen by just over a second.
“To be able to get one and two at meets is really encouraging and it is keeping us on our path,” Schaefer said.
The two were also members of the 1,600-meter relay team that broke the school record in the event twice during the indoor season. Schaefer is a senior, while Treinen is a junior. Schaefer, 22, will graduate this May with a degree in professional accounting and banking and finance. She has a full-time job lined up at Eide Bailly in Sioux Falls as an auditor. Treinen, 21, is on track to graduate next May with a degree in elementary education.
Treinen called Schaefer her “closest teammate” on the track team and said Schafer took her under her wing when she first got to Northern State.
“Whenever I needed help or anything she was always there to guide me, off the track and on the track she is always there to help me out,” Treinen said. “I’m going to miss her next year.”
PC adds soccer recruit
Brittney Cusick will play for the Presentation College women’s soccer team this fall.
Cusick is from Lake Elmo, Minn., where she was a midfielder/defenseman and two-time letterwinner in high school. As a senior, she helped her team to an 8-6-1 record, earning all-conference honorable mention honors. During her junior, she was named a team captain, and led her team to an 11-4-1 mark, receiving all-conference honors.
“Brittney is an extremely hard worker who sees the game very well,” PC coach Jacob Plocher said. “She was a three sport athlete in high school participating in soccer, hockey and lacrosse. She is extremely tough and very coachable. She is another great addition to our recruiting class.”
Oklahoma junior Hilary Krein of Eureka celebrated her 21st birthday Saturday by winning the 1,500 meters in a personal best of 4:27:01 in a meet hosted by the 24th-ranked Sooners. It was the fifth best time (10th best in OU history and sixth best in South Dakota collegiate history) in the Big 12 and should qualify Krein for the NCAA Regional West Meet in Austin, Texas, on May 23-25. The Big 12 Championships are May 3-5 in Waco, Texas.
The Great Plains Athletic Conference will conduct its first Cheer and Dance Invitational Feb. 8 in Fremont, Neb. This invitational could be the start of the sport being officially added to the GPAC, which currently has 19 sports.
GPAC commissioner Corey Westra was honored as the NAIA administrator of the year Monday in Kansas City.
Leslee Smith will play for Doland native Tim Miles and the Nebraska men’s basketball this upcoming season. Smith is a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward from Longlook, British Virgin Islands. He brings Division I experience to the Nebraska program, as he began his collegiate career at Southern Methodist University before spending the 2012-13 season at Seward County (Kan.) Community College. Miles is a former Northern State assistant men’s basketball coach.
University of South Dakota football’s offensive and defensive units competed to a 28-28 tie at the team’s annual spring game Saturday inside the DakotaDome.
Both South Dakota State equestrian teams (western and hunt seat) won first rounds at the national tourney for the first time in school history last week, but bowed out in the second round.
SDSU sophomore Trent Lusignan finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run at the Mount SAC Relays in California last week. His time of 29:40.56 was third best in school history behind current Jacks’ head coach Rod DeHaven (29:39.61 in 1989) and Dan Carlson (29:34.14 in 1984). SDSU sophomore Courtney Neubert of Aberdeen finished 22nd (37:32.33) in the women’s 10,000 meters.
St. Cloud State assistant women’s basketball coach Megan Vogel has accepted a position as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Vogel is a former South Dakota State women’s basketball player.
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