Coyotes prepare for Drake Relays

Coyotes prepare for Drake Relays South Dakota tuned up for the Drake Relays with some standout performances at the annual Sioux City Relays held April 16 and 17.

Leading USD was doublewinner Amber Oolman, who claimed the 100 hurdles (15.20) and 400 hurdles (1:06.19). In fact, USD dominated the women's individual running events. Stephanie Knight took the 400 in 57.97, while Stefanie Senn won the 3,000 (10:35.18) and Molly Wedel was tops in the 1,500 (4:41.27).

Senn combined talents with Patricia Goertz, Kelly Thompson and Robin Kerner to win the distance medley relay (13:06.76). The lone win for the women in the field events was the triple jump where Michelle Mellegaard posted meet-record leap of 37-9.

Matt Eckert, who was named the most valuable athlete in the college division, sparked the USD men. He won the 400 hurdles (53.51), and then teamed with John Kehoe, Andrew Neugebauer and Manuel Williams for first-place in the 4×400 relay (3:16.02).

The Coyotes claimed three golds in the field events with Derek Dunolp in the javelin (199-6 1/2), Dean Gillen in the shot put (48'-11") and Will Hardin in the triple jump (44'-5 1/2"). Dunlop's javelin throw met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.

Joining Eckert as individual running event winners were Tom Green in the 100 (11.07) and Chad Feeldy in the 1,500 (3:52.86).

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