USD excels at Morningside Open South Dakota, which competes in the Jim Duncan Invitational Friday in Des Moines, IA, had a number of athletes achieve solid marks at the Morningside Open last Thursday in Sioux City, IA.
Leading the Coyotes was Brandy Echternach. Named the North Central Conference Athlete of the Week last week, Echternach won the discus (146-7) and hammer throw (161-9 1/2), while placing third in the shot put (42-5). Overall, USD garnered nine first-place performances. Also winning were Stephanie Knight in the 200 (25.42), Stacie Janish in the pole vault (10-0), Michelle Mellegaard in the triple jump (36-4 1/2), Ryan Finley in the 400 (48.07), Mike Gade in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:43.83), Ryan Bell in the javelin (176-6) and Will Hardin in the triple jump (46-3). Hardin was also second in the long jump (21-7 3/40) and Mellegaard was third in the long jump (16-1 1/2).
Second-place efforts for the Coyotes went to: Sara Deckert, 100 (12.56); Amber Oolman, 100 hurdles (15.02); Cori Verbeski, 400 hurdles (1:08.47); Jennifer Hasvold, high jump (5-4); Jacob Christiansen, 1,500 (4:05.50); Ryan O'Malley, high jump (6-5); the women's 4×100 relay (49.91); and the women's 4×400 relay (4:04.17). The men's 4×400 relay (3:23.52) finished third, while individual thirds went to: Mandi Mueller, hammer throw (141-0 1/2); Mark Nelson, 5,000 (16:04.11); and Fred Luck in the pole vault (13-6) and long jump (3).