USD men 2nd, women 3rd at NCC track & field meet South Dakota's three-year run as the men's and women's North Central Conference indoor track and field champions came to an end last Saturday in Fargo, ND.
The USD men tallied 187 points but it wasn't enough as North Dakota State set a meet scoring record with 199 points. Augustana was a distant third with 55 points. On the women's side, the Coyotes finished third with 77 points. North Dakota State won the crown with a meet-record 184.33 points and North Dakota was second with 94.33.
The Coyote men, who led after the first day of competition with 44.5 points compared to NDSU's 42, have been one of the most consistent teams in NCC history having placed fourth or better in 27 of the last 31 league meets.
Overall, the USD men and women crowned seven champions led by Sara Deckert, who captured the 55 (7.16) and 200 (24.72).
Headlining the Coyote men were Chad Rohde and Matt Hoyt. Rohde, who ended up scoring 24 points, won the long jump (23-4 3/4) and he was second in the high jump (6-6 1/4) and third in the triple jump (48-1 1/4). Meanwhile, Hoyt finished first in the mile run (4:12.91) and he was second in the 5,000 (15:00.12). In the 800, Andrew Neugebauer posted a winning time of 1:51.96, while Jason Probasco claimed the 3,000 in 8:46.95. USD had two other field event champions. Steve Schmidt was tops in the shot put with a throw of 56-0, while Will Hardin took the triple jump (49-7 3/4).
South Dakota had a number of runner-up performances, including Tom Green, who was second in the 200 (22.30) and the 55 (6.35). Also in the second slot were Jesse Haines in the pentathlon (3,494), John Kehoe in the 500 (1:03.23), Chad Russell in the 55 hurdles (7.71), Ryan Finley in the 400 (49.36) and the 4×400 relay team (3:19.06).
Remaining Coyotes picking up thirds were Paul Brozik, long jump (22-9 1/4); Pat Belling, 200 (22.40); and Joel Solomonson, 1,000 (2:30.58).
Tonya Kneifl sparked the Coyote women by scoring in four events. She was second in the high jump (5-7 1/4), third in the 55 hurdles (8.32), fourth in the long jump (18-10 1/4) and sixth in the triple jump (36-8 1/4).
Sandy Pelkofer (11-3 1/2) and Stacie Janish (10-11) went two-three in the pole vault. Also finishing third were Molly Wedel in the 3,000 (10:19.30) and Stephanie Senn in the mile run (5:00.40).