USD Coyotes turn in strong performances

USD Coyotes turn in strong performances South Dakota's track and field teams were involved in two different meets Feb. 6.

The Coyotes hosted the South Dakota Open and USD competed in the Central Missouri State Invitational in Warrensburg, MO.

The Coyotes turned in strong performances in Missouri. The USD women came home with nine national provisional qualifying marks and seven first-place efforts.

Brandy Echternach was a double winner by capturing the shot put at 44-0 3/4 (provisional) and winning the weight throw with a USD school-record toss of 53-4 1/2 (provisional) for the second-best throw in Division II this season.

Stephanie Knight won the 400 in 57.55 (provisional) and she ran the anchor leg of the winning mile relay (3:58.02) along with Michelle Munsen, Cori Verbeski and Krista Trei. Knight was also second in the 200 (25.65) and Trei was first in the 800 in 2:15.91 (provisional).

Tonya Kneifl took top honors in the high jump with a provisional mark of 5-7 and she was fifth in the 55 hurdles (8.68), while Molly Wedel was first in the mile in 5:00.99 (provisional).

Munsen was provisional in the 55 with a second-place clocking of 7.11 and Tina Fenske was second in the mile in 5:01.69 (provisional). Sandy Pelkofer had a provisional mark in the pole vault by finishing fourth at 10-2 .

Tom Green finished second and qualified for the national indoor meet in the 55 with a 6.32. The clocking tied the USD school record first set by Claude Perkins in 1981. In the 800 the Coyotes placed three led by Andrew Neugebauer, who was fourth in 1:54.99, followed by Jeremy Kyte in sixth (1:55.88) and Joel Solomonson, who was ninth (1:56.42).

In the 600, Matt Eckert placed a strong second in 1:12.72 and Chad Feeldy came in third in the mile run (4:16.63). USD's mile relay team finished third with a provisional qualifying mark of 3:21.79.

At the South Dakota Open, the Coyotes notched six firsts. Chad Rohde won the high jump (6-6) and Garrett Schramm took the pole vault (15-0). On the track, Noah Randles was first in the 3,000 (8:51.66) and Darrin Smith claimed the 55 (6.50). The Coyotes also captured the 4×100 relay (43.74).

The USD women had one first with Jennifer Hasvold winning the high jump (5-6).

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