South Dakota turns in solid performances

South Dakota turns in solid performances South Dakota turned in a number of solid performances at the USD Track & Field Invitational Jan. 30 in the DakotaDome.

The Coyotes tallied 11 first-place efforts.

Tonya Kneifl led the Coyotes by qualifying for the national indoor meet with a school-record first-place mark in the high jump at 5-9. The USD women had a number of provisional efforts. Brandi Echternach set a meet record and was provisional in the shot put with a winning toss of 44-4.

In the pole vault, Sandy Pelkofer established a meet record, a USD school-record and a provisional vault of 10-8. Setting meet records and winning their events were: Tina Fenske in the one mile (5:06.43), Michelle Munsen in the 55 (7.19) and the 4×400 relay team of Trish Lundin, Cori Verbeski, Stephanie Knight and Krista Trei (3:56.77).

The Coyote men captured the 4×400 with Eric VanLaecken, Matt Eckert, Manuel Williams and Andrew Neugebauer running a 3:21.54. Darren Smith won the 55 (6.49), Jason Probasco took the 3,000 (8:47.22), Derek Gusse won the pole vault (14-6) and Chad Rohde was tops in the triple jump (46-7 1/2).

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