Green finishes seventh, Miles places fifth at USA championship

Green finishes seventh, Miles places fifth at USA championship Tom Green, who completed his track and field eligibility at The University of South Dakota this spring, finished seventh in the 100-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Championships on June 22 in Palo Alto, CA.

Green, of Hornick, IA, ran a 10.37 in the finals of the men's

100-meter dash, which included the world's fastest human, Maurice Green, who won the title in 9.88. Green's performance is the highest finish ever by a South Dakota athlete at the USA Track and Field Championships.

In addition to Green's strong performance, former South Dakota pole-vaulter Derek Miles (Nike) went 18'10'' to finish fifth. American record holder Jeff Hartwig won the competition with a vault of 19'02''. Finishing ahead of Miles was Hartwig (Nike), Timothy Mack (Nike), Nick Hysong (Nike), and Toby Stevenson.

"It is absolutely phenomenal what Tom has accomplished this season," said head track and field coach Dave Gottsleben. "He has proven himself as one of the nation's best sprinters."

At the USA Track and Field Championships, Green was 12th (10.43) after the first round of preliminary heats in which the top 16 finishers advanced to the semifinals. In round two of the 100-meter prelims, Green was eighth with a clocking of 10.31 and advanced to the finals. On June 23, he finished seventh in the finals.

Clearly, Green, who owns the South Dakota school records in the 55 meter (outdoor), 60 meter (indoor), 100 meter (outdoor) and 200 meters (outdoors), ranks as one of the best ever track and field performers at South Dakota. In total, Green has seven top five finishes at either the NCAA Division II indoor or outdoor meet. An eight-time NCAA Division II all-American, Green captured fourth place finishes in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the NCAA Division II outdoor nationals in St. Angelo, TX in May.

Green broke his own state and school record in the 200 meters by clocking a 20.77 in the finals. 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 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 qualified him for the USA National Track and Field Championships. He is the first USD athlete ever to qualify for those championships.

Also this season, he finished second in the 60-meter dash in a school record 6.73 at the NCAA Division II indoor nationals in Boston, MA. He was part of the 4×400-meter relay squad that finished second at the indoor nationals in 2002. That team ran a 3:12.69 which set a new South Dakota indoor record for a 200-meter track. In April 2002, he accomplished a major goal by winning a 100-meter title at the Drake Relays. Green finished in 10.49, defeating several other competitors from NCAA Division I schools. He was also a member of the 4×100 meter relay that ran a 40.80 in April to set a South Dakota record. In 2000, he was a part of the fifth place 4×400-meter relay squad that ran a 3:15.59 at indoor nationals.

In the spring of 2000, Green was second in the 100 meter dash (10.41) and third in the 200-meter dash (21.16) at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships in Raleigh, NC.

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