USD sets marks at Graphic Edge meet South Dakota athletes broke eight meet records and had one former athlete qualify for the Olympic Trials at the USD Graphic Edge Track & Field Invitational held Saturday.
Former Coyote all-American Derek Miles went 18-4 1/2 in the pole vault to qualify for the Olympic Trials to be held July 17 in Sacramento, CA.
USD senior Matt Hoy, a six-time all-American, broke the school record in the two-mile run with a first-place clocking of 8:54.99. The time erased the 1976 record of 8:57.40 set by Mike Clift.
Also setting meet records with winning performances were: Ryan Finley in the 400 (49.09), John Kehoe in the 500 (1:04.21), Steve Schmidt in the shot put (53-10) and the 4×400 relay team (3:18.82) of Pat Billings, Eric VanLaecken, Andrew Neugebauer and Kehoe.
Neugebauer was a double winner by also taking first in the 1,000 (2:29.34). The marks by Finley in the 400, Schmidt in the shot put and the 4×400 relay team met the NCAA Division II national indoor qualifying standards.
The USD women were led by Sara Deckert and Patricia Goertz. Deckert won the 200 with a meet-record time of 25.07 and Goertz claimed the 800 with a record clocking of 2:18.09. Deckert and Goertz teamed with Sarah Hoffman and LaRae Klarenbeek for top honors in the 4×400 with a 3:58.29.
Sandy Pelkofer established a meet-record in the pole vault with a first-place mark of 11-1 1/2 which met the national indoor provisional standard. Also winning for the Coyote women were Tonya Kneifl in the high jump (5-4 1/2) and Mandi Muller in the weight throw (48-1 1/2).
Coyotes placing second: Stephanie Senn, 1,000 (2:59.86); Stacie Janish, pole vault (10-6); Tom Green, 55 (6.34); Jeremy Kyte, 800 (1:53.78); Chad Russell, 55 hurdles (7.74); Paul Brozik, high jump (6-5 1/4); Bill Gassen, shot put (50-10 1/2); Dean Gillen, weight throw (48-7); Finley, 200 (22.22); and VanLaecken, 500 (1:05.81).