USD’s Neugebauer claims national title at track meet

USD's Neugebauer claims national title at track meet South Dakota crowned its seventh national champion in school history (indoor and outdoor) when junior Andrew Neugebauer claimed the 800 title at the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships that concluded last Saturday in Boston, MA.

Neugebauer, who ranked fourth in the prelims on Friday with a 1:54.09, finished first Saturday with a clocking of 1:50.06. Abilene Christian's John Kemboi was a close second in 1:50.91.

Also winning national championships for the Coyotes were: Kyle Collins, high jump, 1990; Heather Andrews, discus, 1992; Michelle Christie, 200, 1994; Nancy Overman, discus, 1995; Steve Gordon, triple jump, 1997 and 1998; and Elena Swan, long jump and triple jump, 1998.

The Coyote men finished ninth in the team standings with 12 points. Abilene Christian won its fifth consecutive men's title with 80 points. St. Augustine's was second with 77 points. Abilene Christian claimed its eighth straight women's crown with 48 points and North Dakota State was second with 47 points. The Coyote women were 13th with eight points.

Overall, the USD men and women combined for eight all-America certificates (five men, three women).

Neugebauer came away with all-America honors twice. He teamed with Tom Green, Ryan Finley and John Kehoe for fifth in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:15.59.

In other results for the USD men, Matt Hoyt came in seventh in the 5,000 (14:27.51); Steve Schmidt was eighth in the shot put (53-5); Will Hardin was ninth in the triple jump (47-9 3/4) and Kehoe placed 11th in the 400 (49.35).

Leading the Coyote women were Tonya Kneifl, Stephanie Senn and Sandy Pelkofer. Kneifl finished third in the high jump (5-8 3/4) and eighth in the long jump (17-11 1/2), while Senn placed sixth in the mile run (4:56.20) and Pelkofer was sixth in the pole vault (11-7 3/4).

Also for USD, Molly Wedel finished seventh in the 5,000 (17:33.02) and Sara Deckert came in 12th in the 55 (7.25).

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