South Dakota’s 4×400 relay finishes sixth Coyote men 17th and women 34th at NCAA Division II nationa

South Dakota's 4×400 relay finishes sixth Coyote men 17th and women 34th at NCAA Division II nationals The South Dakota men's 4×400-meter relay finished sixth with a clocking of 3:15.84 at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in St. Angelo, TX on Saturday, May 25. Due to weather conditions, the 4×400-meter relay was not held until late Saturday night.

The relay squad included Eric Van Laecken of Parkston; Pat Belling of Omaha, NE; Shaun Fransen of Edgerton, MN; and John Kehoe of Rapid City.

The Coyotes entered the finals with the fourth best time of 3:10.09 which was a season's best. Each of the squad team members picked up an All-American honor.

South Dakota men's team finished 17th in team points with 16. Abilene Christian was the team champion with 91. The South Dakota women's team was 34th with six points. St. Augustine won the women's title with 54 points.

South Dakota senior Tom Green of Hornick, IA, concluded his brilliant track and field career at The University of South Dakota with fourth place finishes in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the NCAA Division II Nationals on Saturday night.

Green broke his own state and school record in the 200 meters by clocking a 20.77 on Saturday. He also had a 10.15 in the 100 meters and finished fourth. The 10.15 time by Green is the second fastest in school and state history.

Green broke the 100 meter mark on Thursday with a 10.1 clocking in the prelims. The time was the fastest ever by a South Dakota runner and broke a state of South Dakota all-time mark. The performance will also qualify him for the USA National Track and Field Championships later this year. He is the first USD athlete ever to qualify for those championships.

With those two All-American finishes, Green finished his career as an eight-time All-American.

Aside from Green, John Kehoe of Rapid City ran a 47.92 and was sixth in the 400 meter dash on Saturday.

In the women's competition, senior Sandy Pelkofer of Rapid City finished her career with a sixth place finish in the pole vault competition on Saturday. Pelkofer, who is a now a five-time All-American, went 11'10''.

Freshman Marci Miller of Rapid City went 11'4.25'' and finished 16th at the nationals.

On Friday, sophomore Brianne Vette of Spearfish finished sixth overall in the heptathlon with 5,086 points.

Sophomore Jennie Buller, Utica, who had set a school record in the steeplechase in the prelims (11:23.93), finished 12th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals, clocking a 3:10.09 on Friday.

Senior Mandy Muller (Schuyler, NE) was 15th in the discus throw with a toss of 135'7'' (41.34m), also on Friday.

On Thursday, Muller was 10th in the hammer throw with a mark of 164-09 (50.22m).

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