Women’s Team Places Sixth

The Black Hills State University track and field teams had a successful outdoor national championship meet finishing with four individual national titles, three new school records, one national record and nine All-American honors.

National championships were earned by junior Aubrey Baxter (Redfield, SD) in the hammer throw (198-09) and the shot put (51-00.75). Baxter’s hammer throw was a new national meet record breaking the record of Vivian Chukweumeka of Azuza Pacific, set in 2006. Her shot put win reversed the national indoor results where she finished runner-up. Junior Shannon Hellman (Box Elder, SD) was a repeat winner in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 14.12. Hellman’s time was run into a head wind and was off her seasonal best time of 13.76 which she ran in winning the conference 100 meter hurdle title. Sophomore Eric Flores (Custer, SD) won the shot put in dramatic fashion with a put of 58-05.25. Eric was in third place going into the final round in the finals and was bumped to fourth by Lucas Beach from Huntington College who had been in fifth. Eric responded with his school record throw that catapulted him to the individual title. The throw was a foot and a half personal best for Flores! 

The other school records were set by the 1600 meter relay team of sophomore Nicki Shinkle (Rawlins, WY), freshman Ashlee Della Silva (Corvallis, MT), sophomore Kayla Ferguson (Eaton, CO) and Hellman and Aubrey Baxter in the discus. The relay foursome ran 3:54.78 in the semifinals to qualify for the finals and then improved on that time running 3:53.51 in the final to place seventh. The performance broke the former record held by Callie Ackerman, Jenna Bachand, Josie Harrell and Surrena Davidson set in 2004. Baxter’s throw of 169-02 in the discus was an eleven foot personal improvement and improved on her school record she set earlier in the season. 

Junior Amber Brodersen (Wolsey, SD) earned All-American honors by placing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 45-10. Brodersen finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 147-02. Junior Alicia Verhulst (Ralph, SD) finished thirteenth in the final of the steeplechase with a seasonal best 11:28.00. 

Along with his national championship in the shot put, Eric Flores placed third in the hammer throw with a mark of 192-04. Senior Tyg Long (Custer, SD) ended his collegiate career by placing sixth in the hammer with a personal best mark of 182-08 earning All-American.
Junior Cody Bordewyk (Livermore, CO) placed fifth in the steeplechase with a personal best time of 9:10.77 which ranks him fourth all-time at BH. Cody earned All-American honors this year in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Sophomores KC Fiedler (George, IA) and Cameron Dean (Huntley Project, MT) competed in the steeplechase and 400 meter hurdles respectively. Fiedler ran 9:34.40 which ranked him 21st after the preliminaries but failed to make the final. Dean ran 54.97 failing to make the finals but the personal best time ranks him 6th all-time at BH.

The meet was bittersweet as Jason Boeding who earned All-American honors in the shot put at the indoor national meet was injured in practice on Wednesday and missed competing in the shot put and hammer throw.

Seven Yellow Jackets earned academic all-scholar honors. For the men: Mark Mazza (Cheyenne, WY) and Trent Waage (Aberdeen, SD). Women: Aubrey Baxter, Amber Brodersen, Shelli Scheffler (Lovell, WY), Alicia Verhulst and Kerry Washburn (Cheyenne, WY).

Nicki Shinkle and Jason Boeding were recipients’ of the Champions of Character awards recognizing students who go well beyond track and field in areas of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.