Thirteen Black Hills State University track and field athletes will be competing in the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championship this weekend in St. Louis. Coming off a convincing conference championship (third consecutive) the women are sending seven athletes in seven different events. The Yellow Jacket women are led by juniors Aubrey Baxter (Redfield, SD) and Shannon Hellman (Box Elder, SD) who are leading in their specialties. Shannon will be competing in the 100 meter hurdles where she has the leading time in the NAIA of 13.76 and the 1600 meter relay along with sophomore Nicki Shinkle (Rawlins, WY), freshman Ashlee Della Silva (Corvallis, MT) and sophomore Kayla Ferguson (Eaton, CO). The quartet has the seventh best time entering the meet. Aubrey will be competing in the shot put and hammer throw where she is ranked first in both nationally and the discus where she is third. 

Junior Alicia Verhulst (Ralph, SD) is making her second appearance at the outdoor national meet competing in the steeplechase where she placed seventh in 2007. Two-time outdoor All-American junior Amber Brodersen (Wolsey, SD) has qualified for her third consecutive national meet and will be competing in the shot put and discus in which she placed fifth in both at last year’s national meet. Ashlee Della Silva will be competing in the 200 meter dash (second all-time at BH) along with the 1600 meter relay.

Defending hammer throw national champion sophomore Eric Flores (Custer, SD) leads the men into the outdoor championships with the top throw in the hammer and the third best mark in the shot put. Senior Tyg Long (Custer, SD) and sophomore Jason Boeding (Caputa, SD) will be competing alongside Flores in the hammer where they are ranked fifth and twenty-third respectively. Boeding has also qualified and will be competing in the shot put. Junior Cody Bordewyk (Livermore, CO) has qualified for his second outdoor national championship in the steeplechase. Since finishing ninth in the steeplechase in 2007, Cody has earned All-American honors this year in cross country and indoor track (mile and distance medley relay). Sophomore KC Fiedler will also be competing in the steeplechase after qualifying at the Concordia Twilight last chance meet. KC’s time put him tenth all-time at BHSU where his father Curt is the school record holder with a time of 8:59.44. Curt earned All-American honors in the steeplechase in 1981.  Cameron Dean (sophomore, Huntley Project, MT) will be competing in the 400 meter hurdles. The Yellow Jacket men placed second in the Dakota Athletic Conference for the third consecutive time. The 162 points scored were the most by the Yellow Jackets since they joined the conference in 2000.