USD women finish sixth at Minnesota The University of South Dakota women's track and field team had several outstanding performances as the Coyotes placed sixth with 37.5 points at the Minnesota Gold Country Classic, Saturday, Jan. 26, in Minneapolis, MN Ohio State won the meet with 130.0 points. South Dakota placed the highest among the NCAA Division II participants. The men's team did not keep team scores, but also performed well, as they had 20 top-10 finishes.
The Coyote women had two winners, including senior Sandy Pelkofer who tied the meet pole-vault record of 12-0. Pelkofer, who previously qualified for the national meet, tied with Erica Findlay of Minnesota for the title. Sophomore Brianne Vette won the women's long jump event with a mark of 17-9.
Freshman Missy Tuschen qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put, with a toss of 43-1. Tuschen finished 10th overall.
Freshman Marci Miller was also a provisional qualifier as she finished third in the pole vault (11-6 1/4). Sophomore Jamie Davis was sixth (10-6) in the pole vault, and sophomore Jamie Strong was ninth (9-6 1/4).
Junior Tammy Christensen was third in the 800-meter run (2:17.36) in the 800-meter run, while freshman Amber Friedrich was third in the 3,000 -meter run (10:27.97). Freshman Kassidi Myrick was ninth in the weight throw (41-9 1/4).
Leading the Coyote men was Senior Tom Green who was second in the 60-meter dash in :6.77, which beat the meet record and provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Division II national meet on March 3-16 in Boston, MA.
Senior Shaun Fransen was second in the 600-meter dash, finishing in 1:21.69, In the men's 400-meter dash, senior John Kehoe was fifth (:49.15), sophomore Ronnie McDougle was seventh (49.88), and junior Pat Belling was ninth (:51.40).
Freshman Shane Roder was sixth in the 800-meter run (1:54.22), while sophomore James Jeffery was ninth (1:55.34) Sophomore Adam Lindahl was ninth in the mile run, finishing in 4:17.12 Senior Josh Hofer was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles, and freshman Wayne Reynolds was ninth in the 200-meter dash (:23.06).
South Dakota had three team members place in the top-10 in the long jump, with sophomore Chris Slatt finishing third with a mark of 23-5 1/2 to provisionally qualify for nationals. Senior Chad Rohde was fifth (22-3 1/2), and junior Paul Brozik was eighth (21-2 3/4). Rohde also was third in the triple jump, with a mark of 47-0 1/4.
In the men's high jump, sophomore Derek Pelc placed fifth (6-6), while Brozik finished eighth (6-4 3/4). Three Coyote pole vaulters finished in a tie for third place, with freshman Sam Pribyl junior Eric Tarasewicz and sophomore Greg Bennet each going 13-9. The men's 4×400-meter relay finished second in 3:13.62, which qualified for the national meet.