Coyotes set school records at pre-season track meet South Dakota senior Matt Hoyt turned in a strong performance for the Coyotes at the USD pre-season track and field meet held last Thursday night in the DakotaDome.
In the 5,000 the four-time all-American established a Dome and school-record with a first-place clocking of 14:18.37. The time, which automatically qualified Hoyt to the national indoor meet, broke the old Dome record of 14:20.89 set by Peter De Lacerda of Adams State when the Coyotes hosted the NCAA Division II meet in 1993.
The clocking also bettered Hoyt's own school standard of 14:35.39 in 1998. In addition, Steve Schmidt set a school-record in the shot put with a winning throw of 53-7 1/2. The throw, which was a national provisional qualifying toss, snapped the previous school mark of 53-5 1/4 set by Lance Nelson back in 1981. USD had one more national provisional qualifier in Tom Green in the 55 with a first-place time of 6.35.
The USD men had two other first-place efforts with Paul Brozik winning the high jump (6-8), and Ryan Finley taking the 400 (49.86). Second-place marks went to: Eric VanLaecken, 500 (1:06.43), Derek Gusse, pole vault (13-6) and Aaron Dykstra, long jump (22-7 3/4).
South Dakota's women had a pair of winning performances. Tonya Kneifl claimed the high jump (5-5) and Sara Deckert finished first in the 55 (7.27). Placing second were: Patricia Goertz, 800 (2:21.92), Molly Wedel, one mile (5:08.00), Sarah Hoffman, 55 hurdles (8.52) and Sandy Pelkofer, pole vault (10-8).
The Coyotes host the Bill Hillenbrand Invitational January 14-15.