Current and Former NSU Track & Field Student-Athletes Competing Internationally

ABERDEEN, SD ( – Northern State University sophomore Sierra Sweeney is set to represent Nova Scotia in the Canada Games, August 6-21. The Porters Lake native will compete in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, triple jump, and long jump set for August 16, 17, 19, and 20 from Niagara, Ontario.

The Canada Games are a multi-sport event held every two years, alternating between winter and summer games, similar to the Olympics. The games is the highest level of national competition for Canadian athletes. In order to qualify for the games and represent Nova Scotia, Sweeney attended meets during the qualifying period. She needed to meet the qualifying standards and finish in the top-2 of her respective events at the July 9-10 trials meet.

At the trials, Sweeney won both the 400m hurdles and triple jump, and took second in the long jump and 100m hurdles. She tallied marks of 16.52 in the 100m hurdles, 1:08.77 in the 400m hurdles, 4.73m in the long jump, and 10.99m in the triple jump.

“It is hard to describe what it feels like to be competing next month,” explained Sweeney. “I just narrowly missed the team in 2017 and then went on to be quite sick for a few years. I was able to battle my way back and get back to competing. So in some ways, this feels like a bit of a “monkey off my back”. I am very excited to experience competing on the national level once again and this time at an event with multiple other sports!”

Sweeney just missed qualification for the event five years ago and worked tirelessly to get herself back to competition form this season. Both in her time competing for the Wolves and this summer, she worked to increase her endurance for the 400 and her explosiveness and power in the jumping events. Sweeney credits her success to the time spent practicing and competing at Northern State in 2021-22.

“Being at Northern helped me a ton,” she added. “For one the training up here was shut down on and off because of COVID and facility access was hard. The training and competing schedule down at Northern allowed me to gain experiences that I never would have gotten back home. It also gave me more competition opportunities and essentially a “jumpstart” to the outdoor season.”

In her first season with the Wolves, Sweeney competed as a multi student-athlete and in a number of individual events. She tallied six personal bests between the indoor and outdoor seasons, adding seven top-10 finishes on the year.

Sweeney added, “I met a ton of people at Northern who have also impacted me in a positive way. Overall, some of the meets competing for NSU were some of the biggest I have ever been to and I believe the competition helped me to push myself to work harder.”


Her full schedule is…

Tuesday, August 16 – 400m Hurdle Prelims & Long Jump Prelims

Wednesday, August 17 – 100m Hurdle Prelims & Triple Jump Prelims

Friday, August 19 – 400m Hurdle Finals & Triple Jump Finals

Saturday, August 20 – 100m Hurdle Finals & Long Jump Finals



Northern State will also be represented by Glen Quayle and Hanneke Oosterwegel in international competition this summer.

Quayle will compete for the Isle of Man at the 2022 Commonwealth Games set for July 28 – August 8 in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. The Commonwealth Games are held every four years, bringing in over 4,600 competitors from 72 nations and territories across the globe. The men’s pole vault is set for Saturday, August 6 in the days evening session.

2019 graduate of Northern State and track and field school record holder, Oosterwegel is currently competing for the Netherlands at the at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon. She is a member of the 4x400m relay team which is set to compete on Saturday, July 23 at 5:10 pm (PT) in the preliminary round. Finals are scheduled for 7:50 p.m. (PT) the following day.