USD has several notable accomplishments in Ames The University of South Dakota had several outstanding performances at the Iowa State Invite Jan. 19-20 at Ames, IA.
The Coyotes captured two individual titles, had a school record broken, recorded several third and fourth place finishes, and overall shined at the meet, which included several Division I schools (Iowa State, Iowa, Northern Iowa, Southern Methodist, among others).
For the women's squad, Sara Deckert won the 400-meter dash in 55.39 which ranks as the number one time in NCAA Division II this year. Sandy Pelkofer and Becca Gross vaulted 11'3" to win the pole vault competition.
Molly Wedel finished fourth in the 3,000 meter run with a school record clocking of 9:55.17. That time shattered USD's school record set by Maggie McRaith 10:09.11 set in 1984.
Jen Feely was third in the 5000-meter run (17:34.01). Tonya Kneifl finished fourth in the high jump (5'7.75"), which is the best jump in Division II this year. She also finished ninth in the long jump (17'07").
Tammy Christensen finished sixth in the 800 meter run in 2:16.95. The women's 4×400-meter relay team was sixth in 3:59.22.
According to USD women's track and field coach Lucky Huber, this may be the first time that USD has won a women's event at the Iowa State Invite.
"It is a great way for getting our season started but we have some work to go before we can contend for the NCC title," Huber said. "Anytime you can compete with top Division I programs and do this well then your athletes are doing things right."
Like the women's squad, the men's team had several stellar performances including a third place finish by John Kehoe in the 800-meter run (1:52.64). Scott Ellwanger finished second (4:12.96) and Jacob Christensen finished third (4:15.34) in the one mile run.
Chad Rohde was fourth in the triple jump (47'0") and ninth in the long jump (22'07. 2"). Paul Brozik was sixth in the high jump (6'7"). The 4×400 meter relay team finished third in 3:14.47. Ronnie McDougle was 10th in the 200 meter dash (21.91).