FOREST CITY – Waldorf University’s Beebe Track will take center stage when the campus and community welcome the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week.
The three-day meet begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the first four events of the women’s heptathlon and the opening five events of the men’s decathlon.
Action resumes Thursday with the remaining heptathlon and decathlon events starting at 10 a.m. Field and running events follow at 3 p.m. On Friday, field events begin at 10 a.m. while running events get under way at noon.
This season marks the second year of competition for Waldorf’s track and field programs. Beebe Track, an eight-lane surface that encompasses Bolstorff Field, was completed during the summer of 2014. Named in honor of Ray and Joan Beebe for their contributions to the university, local school district and community, the track was officially dedicated in April 2015.
With a conference championship in the men’s 4x800-meter relay and all-conference performances in six other events between the two teams during the indoor season, the Warriors have continued to make strides. They’re ready to continue the upward trend while showcasing their home facility during the NSAA Outdoor Championships.
“This season has been the first year we have had a full roster for men and the women are almost there as well,” said Kelsey Riggins, Waldorf director of cross country/track and field. “It is a great opportunity for the program, Waldorf athletics and the Forest City community to show off our beautiful facility and community to all the schools in our conference over the course of those three days.”
The meet will feature men’s and women’s teams from Waldorf, Dakota State University (S.D.), Dickinson State University (N.D.), the University of Jamestown (N.D.), Valley City State University (N.D.) and Viterbo University (Wis.). Approximately 300 athletes are expected to compete in the meet.
“Hosting an event of this size is good for our athletic department in general,” Riggins said. “The amount of support the track program has gotten from all of the sports coaches, athletic training staff, weight staff, facilities, student housing and dining services has been really great. I am excited for the athletes to go out and compete to the best of their abilities and continue their current path of success so far this season.”
The NSAA Outdoor Championships will be the second collegiate meet held at Beebe Track. It’ll serve as a fitting sendoff for Waldorf’s seniors, who are ready to give their all alongside their teammates.
“All of our athletes are very excited to be hosting the outdoor championships,” Riggins said. “They are proud of what they have accomplished and it means a lot to them to be competing on their home track, especially for our seniors. Home events tend to bring out the best in athletes because they are proud to run in front of friends and family and have the support of the community behind them.”