USD relay team breaks school record

USD relay team breaks school record Junior Pat Belling, Omaha, NE, freshman Wayne Reynolds, Omaha, junior Ryan Finley, Omaha, and sophomore Ronny McDougle, Pompano, FL, of The University of South Dakota men's track and field team ran a 1:30.64 to set a school record in the 4X200m relay on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Bill Hillenbrand Invitational in Vermillion. The 16-year-old record of 1:31.26 was set in 1986.

The men's distance medley relay also won in 7:50.25. Relay team members are Shane Roder, McCook Lake, Joel Solomonson, Stillwater, MN, Shaun Fransen, Edgerton, MN, and James Jeffery, Spearfish. Senior Chad Rohde, Watertown, won the men's triple jump (47-01.50).

The women's 4X200m relay won in 1:47.40, with freshman Amanda Dykstra, Yankton, sophomore Emily Fox, Sioux Falls, freshman Amber Bretschneider, Pierce, NE, and freshman Tina Klith, Iowa City, IA. South Dakota's women's 4X800m relay team of Tammy Christensen, Freeman, Marie Adams, Gregory, Cara Hamilton, Rapid City, and Sarah Kent, Omaha, was second, finishing in 9:40.83.

Sophomore Brianne Vette, Spearfish, was third in the women's pentathlon with 3,362 points. Freshman Amber Friedrich, Algona, IA, was second in the women's 3,000m run (10:45.88) behind Sioux City Relay Hall of Famer Renea Doyle-Kruze running unattached (10:08.71).

Kirby Garry, originally of Sioux Falls, has been named a full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the South Dakota Coyotes football program, according to an announcement today by South Dakota head football coach John Austin.

"We are very pleased that Kirby Garry will continue with the football program, albeit in a different role. He is very personable and knowledgeable and will be a real asset to our recruiting program while serving a key role as running backs coach," Austin said.

Garry will continue his duties as a coach of running backs while also handling recruiting coordinator duties. For the past year, he was a running backs and tight ends coach for the Coyotes. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant for two years for coach Austin. Garry was also a coach for two seasons at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School (1997-98), helping with the sophomore program and assisting coach Steve Kennedy with the varsity squad.

An all-North Central Conference wide receiver for the University of North Dakota (1996), Garry was a member of UND teams that won NCC titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995. A team captain in 1996, he played for UND teams that twice reached the NCAA Division II semifinals (1993-94). He was named to the GTE Academic All-America District Seven Team as a senior for UND in 1996 after catching 41 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns, all team-highs. He was selected all-NCC at wide receiver in 1996. Garry finished his UND career 10th in all time receiving yards (1,130) and touchdown receptions (10).

At UND, Garry earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science and psychology in May 1997. He received a master of arts degree in health, physical education and recreation (athletic administration) in August 2001.

A former prep standout at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, Garry earned all state and all-conference honors at quarterback while playing for his father, Bob Garry.

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