USD has solid efforts at IA, MN track meets

USD has solid efforts at IA, MN track meets The South Dakota men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Iowa State Open and the Minnesota Quadrangular last Saturday.

USD hosts the Hy-Vee/USD Invitational this Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

At Minnesota, the Coyotes had three national provisional qualifying marks by Andrew Neugebauer, Bill Gassen and the 4×400 relay team. Neugebauer won the 800 in 1:52.18 and the 4×400 relay team placed third in 3:19.69. Gassen was third in the shot put (53-3 3/4). USD's other champion was Tom Green, who captured the 60 in 6.91.

In the high jump, Paul Brozik went 6-8 3/4 for second. Along with Gassen, other individiual third-place finishes were turned in by Pat Belling in the 200 (22.47), Eric Van Laecken in the 600 (1:23.22) and Chad Rohde in the long jump (21-9 1/2) and triple jump (46-3 1/4). Jeremy Kyte was fourth in the 800 (1:55.97) and Will Hardin was fourth in the triple jump (42-10 3/4).

At Iowa State, Matt Hoyt met the national provisional qualifying standard in the 5,000 with a first-place clocking of 14:30.69. Derek Miles, a former all-American for the Coyotes competing unattached, won the pole vault at 18-2 1/2. The height qualified him for the USA national indoor meet in Atlanta, and it was also one and one-half inches short of the Olympic trials qualifying mark.

Stacie Janish had a national provisional pole vault height going 10-4 for fourth. Also meeting provisional marks were Krista Lederer (17:43.53) and Molly Wedel (17:56.03) placing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 5,000. USD's other fourth was by Tonya Kneifl in the high jump (5-4 1/2). Stephanie Senn was fifth in the one-mile (5:05.95) and Alison Woolley was sixth in the 1,000 (3:02.90).

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