USD was the school to watch at relays South Dakota proved to be the school to watch at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays April 30-May 1 in Sioux Falls. The Coyotes came away with 18 first-place performances.
The Coyote women captured 10 events led by Sara Deckert, who claimed the 100 (12.03) and 200 (25.51). Deckert also anchored the winning 4×100 relay (47.72) that also featured Tori Devericks, Stephanie Knight and Leloni Smith. Knight took first in the 400 (55.20) and she was second in the 200 (25.65). In the 100 hurdles Amber Oolman crossed the finish line in first (14.46). The Coyotes claimed three distance events with Kristi Trei in the 800 (2:15.73), Molly Wedel in the 1,500 (4:38.20) and Tina Fenske set a meet record in the 3,000 (9:50.49). The 3,000 clocking easily broke her own school mark of 9:55.91 set last year.
Michelle Mellegaard led the field events by winning the triple jump (37'-10 3/4") and taking second in the long jump (17'-1"). Stacie Janish set a meet record in winning the pole vault (11'-0"), and Brandy Echternach was second in the discus (155'-8").
Tom Green sparked the Coyote men by winning the 100 (10.64), and running on the winning 4×100 relay (42.61) that also consisted of Josh Hofer, Rob Ness and Chad Russell. Green added a third-place time in the 200 (22.53). Hofer was third in the 110 hurdles (14.77). Ryan Finley, Eric Van Laecken, John Kehoe and Matt Eckert teamed for first in the 1,600 relay (3:14.35). Eckert was also second in the 400 hurdles (54.03) and Finley was second in the 400 (48.15). Andrew Neugebauer ended up third in the 800 (1:51.57).
Chad Feeldy paced the distance runners with a first-place time in the 1,500 (3:49.69). Mark Nelson was second in the 5,000 (15:21.33) and Joel Fenske finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:52.00).
The Coyotes had a number of solid efforts in the field events. First-place marks went to Will Hardin in the triple jump (48'-0"), Derek Dunlop in the javelin (171'-0"), Aaron Dykstra in the long jump (23-5' 3/4") and Ryan O'Malley in the high jump (6'-8"). Placing second were Garrett Schramm in the pole vault (15'-6"), Dean Gillen in the shot put (51'-8"), Chad Rohde in the triple jump (46-11' 1/2"), Ryan Bell in the javelin (166'-2") and Jesse Haines in the long jump (23'-2 3/4").