South Dakota’s Gottsleben, Hoyt earn NCC honors

South Dakota's Gottsleben, Hoyt earn NCC honors The North Central Conference (NCC) has honored University of South Dakota's head track and field coach Dave Gottsleben and senior distance runner Matt Hoyt of Basin, WY.

The men were honored for their efforts as the Coyotes men's track team won their first NCC outdoor track title since 1966.

USD snapped a 14-year winning streak by North Dakota State University in the men's division as the Coyotes had garnered 227.5 points to 197 for the Bison at the North Central Conference outdoor meet held May 12 and 13 in Sioux City, IA.

Gottsleben was named North Central Conference Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in a vote of league coaches.

Gottsleben, who has been at the Coyote helm for 16 years, was honored in 1997 as the National Coach of the Year and he has earned Regional Coach of the Year four times. This is the seventh time that Gottsleben has been named NCC Coach of the Year in his career.

Hoyt was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year for his stellar performance at the NCC meet.

Hoyt was also named Most Outstanding Male Athlete at the 2000 Indoor Track & Field Championships.

He claimed the 5,000-meters (14:52.00) and the 10,000-meters (30:59.8) while finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:13.25). His 28 points helped the Coyotes win the title.

Hoyt, who will rank as one of South Dakota's greatest all-time distance runners, will compete in all three events at the NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships at Raleigh, NC, on May 25-27.

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