USD sets marks at Graphic Edge meet

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).

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