USD 2nd at NCC track meet

USD 2nd at NCC track meet The South Dakota men's and women's track and field teams both finished second at the North Central Conference outdoor championships held Friday and Saturday in Fargo, ND.

The meet was reduced to a one-day finals affair Saturday after inclement weather on Friday. The Coyote women scored 182 points and the USD men tallied 183.

The Coyotes crowned six individual champions led by Tina Fenske. The only race conducted Friday was the 10,000 and Fenske topped the field with a national provisional clocking of 37:06.44. She followed that on Saturday with a second-place provisional time in the 5,000 (17:49.62).

USD, the two-time defending outdoor champions, also got winning performances from Tori Devericks in the 100 hurdles (14.25), Michelle Munsen in the 100 (11.95) and Kristi Trei in the 800 (2:13.14). Munsen's time was a national provisional clocking, while Trei's time was a meet record.

The Coyotes claimed eight runner-up efforts paced by Molly Wedel, who met provisional marks in the 1,500 (4:36.71) and 3,000 (10:06.08). Other provisional second-place times were by Sara Deckert in the 100 (12.13), Brandy Echternach in the discus (149-7), Stephanie Knight in the 400 (54.90) and the 4×100 relay (46.96). Amber Oolman followed Devericks in the 100 with a 14.36, while Sandy Pelkofer ws second in the pole vault (10-6) and Tonya Kneifl finished second in the high jump (5-5 1/4).

In the hammer throw Echternach met the provisional barrier with a third-place throw of 161-6 and she was provisional in the shot put with a third-place toss of 46-3. USD's 4×400 relay team came in third in 3:51.06 which was provisional. Fourth-place marks went to: Oolman, high jump (5-5 1/4); Kneifl, long jump (18-11, provisional); Michelle Mellegaard, triple jump (38-7, provisional); Munsen, 200 (24.84, provisional); Stefanie Senn, 3,000 (10:11.58).

Remaining placewinners for the Coyotes were: Mandi Mueller, discus, sixth (126-2); Amanda Behrends, long jump, eighth (17-11 1/4); Sara Thomsen, pole vault, sixth (10-0); Mueller, hammer, seventh (137-11); Larae Klarenbeek, 400 hurdles, seventh (1:06.74); and Kneifl, javelin, fifth (118-1).

The Coyote men were paced by three event winners. The 4×100 relay team posted a provisional qualifying time of 41.28, while Manuel Williams claimed the long jump with a provisional distance of 24-1 and Garrett Schramm took the pole vault at 15-8.

Chad Feeldy accounted for USD's lone second-place finish with a 3:56.31 clocking in the 1,500. He was also third in the 5,000 with a provisional time of 14:51.80. Other third-place marks went to: Jason Probasco, 10,000 (31:49.78); Aaron Dykstra, long jump (23-9); Mike Gade, 1,500 (3:57.79); Tom Green, 100 (10.61); Derek Dunlop, javelin (194-8); Will Hardin, triple jump (47-10 3/4, provisional); and the 4×400 relay (3:15.61).

The Coyotes garnered five fourth-place marks: Green, 200 (21.41); Dean Gillen, hammer (152-7); Joel Fenske, 3,000 steeplechase (9:45.59); Ryan O'Malley, high jump (6-4); Chad Rohde, triple jump (46-10 1/4); and Ryan Bell, javelin (189-11). Rohde tied O'Malley for fourth with his 6-4 leap.

Remaining placewinners for the Coyotes were: Rohde, long jump, fifth (23-6 3/4); Jesse Haines, long jump, eighth (23-3 1/4); Gillen, shot put, seventh (49-3); Williams, triple jump, fifth (46-10 1/4); Gillen, discus, seventh (149-6); Josh Hofer, 110 hurdles, seventh (14.72); Williams, 100, fifth (10.80); Darren Smith, 100, sixth (10.83); John Kehoe, 400, sixth (48.85); Jason Probasco, 5,000, eighth (15:13.84); Noah Randles, 10,000, sixth (32:26.02); and Mark Nelson, 10,000, seventh (32:38.20).

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