Coyotes set school marks, make NCAA times at Iowa St.

Coyotes set school marks, make NCAA times at Iowa St. South Dakota was in Ames, IA Saturday for the Iowa State Open and the Coyotes came home with several strong performances. South Dakota hosts the USD Invitational this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Stephanie Knight took first in the 400 and automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II national indoor meet with a clocking of 55.18 which is the fastest time in Division II this season, while Molly Wedel captured the 5,000 with a school-record and provisional qualifying time of 17:19.81. The national meet is March 5-6 in Indianapolis, IN.

South Dakota had two second-place performances with freshman Sandy Pelkofer taking second in the pole vault at 10-6 and senior Michelle Mellegaard placing second in the triple jump at 37-3. Senior Krista Trei was third in the 800 with a national provisional time of 2:14.41 and sophomore Tonya Kneifl finished fourth in the high jump (5-5 3/4).

Junior Andrew Neugebauer provisionally qualified in the 800 with a third-place clocking of 1:50.00 for the fastest time in Division II. Sophomore Ryan O'Malley was fourth in the high jump (6-7), while sophomore Tina Fenske came in fifth and was provisional in the 5,000 (17:46.87). Senior Matt Eckert set a USD school-record by placing fifth in the 600 (1:11.43). Other provisional national qualifiers for the men was Jeremy Kyte, who was eighth in the 800 (1:52.37) and the eighth-place 4×400 relay team (3:17.07). The women's 4×400 relay team of Michelle Munsen, Cori Verbeski, Trei and Knight provisionally qualified with a third-place time of 3:49.70 for the second-fastest time in Division II. Munsen was also provisional in the 60 placing seventh (7.79).

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