Senior Aubrey Baxter was awarded Women’s Most Valuable Senior and Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet by the Dakota Athletic Conference.  Baxter won three events this past Friday at the DAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Madison, South Dakota.  She won the Shot Put (15.00 meters), the Discus (47.28 meters), and the Hammer Throw (58.24 meters).  Junior Shelli Scheffler was awarded Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet by winning three running events including the 1500 Meter Run (4:52.42), the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (11:37.33).  Shelli was also part of the 4x800 Meter Relay team (10:28.61) that took first place.  Head Coach Scott Walkinshaw was also honored by winning the 2009 DAC Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year.  The Yellow Jacket women captured their fourth straight conference championship scoring 232 points to edge Dickinson State with 231 points. 

Junior Wendy O'Lexey also had a great day as she won the 5000 (18:24) and 10,000 (39:16.24) meters. O'Lexey broke the record in the 10,000 meters (39:16.25) and Baxter set the record in the hammer throw (58.24 meters).  Sophomore Nikki Shinkle continued her success on the track by placing third in the 100 meter hurdles, fourth in the 400 meter hurdles, and helping win the 4x400 meter relay to edge Dickinson State out for first place.  She also placed in the 400 meters and the 4x100 meter relay. 

The men completed the day second in the DAC behind Dickinson State University.  Black Hills State's junior Jason Boeding captured the discus and hammer throw.  Two conference records were set at the meet by Yellow Jackets. Boeding set the conference mark in the hammer throw (176' 11") and senior Trent Waage broke the record in the 10,000 meters (31:52.32). Sophomore Cameron Dean came in second in the 400 meter hurdles just off the pace of breaking the school record and senior Lee Diede won the pole vault.

Up next for the Yellow Jackets will be the 2009 National Outdoor Championships May 21st -23rd at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, IL.