USD women finish 7th With four top-five finishes, The University of South Dakota women's track and field team finished seventh with 25 points at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in Edwardsville, IL. Lincoln won the women's meet with 98 points.
It was USD's seventh top-10 finish in school history.
On May 22, senior Molly Wedel, Spencer, IA, won the 10,000-meter run with a Korte Stadium record of 35:22.22. She became USD's 13th national champion in school history.
On May 23, juniors Sarah Hoffman, Mitchell, and Brianne Vette, Spearfish, finished third and fifth, respectively, in the heptathlon competition. Sophomore Marci Miller, Rapid City, was fourth in the pole vault.
Hoffman, who won the heptathlon competition at the NCC Outdoor Meet, led the heptathlon competition after the first day. She finished third with 5,073 points. Vette was fifth with 4,967 points.
Hoffman was third in the 800-meter run (2:19.50), 10th in the javelin throw (110'0) and 10th in the long jump (16'09.75). On May 22, she finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.13) and the high jump (5'05.25). She finished fifth in the 200 meter dash (26.02) and ninth in the shot put (33'08).
Vette, who won the NCC indoor pentathlon earlier this year, was third in the long jump (18'01), eighth in the 800-meter run (2:23.95), and 14th in the javelin throw (100') in heptathlon events on Friday. On Thursday, she finished third in the high jump (5'04.25), sixth in the 100 hurdles(14.50), seventh in the 200 meters (26.12), and 11th in the shot put (33'04). She also finished 13th in the triple jump (38'00.25) and 22nd in the long jump (17'03.50).
Miller had a vault of 11'11.75 in competition that concluded early Friday evening. USD's other vaulter, Jamie Davis, did not place.
For the men's team, Wayne Reynolds, Omaha, NE, clocked a 14.92 and finished sixth in his heat. He had the 17th best time in the prelims but did not qualify for the finals. Sophomore Sam Pribyl, Webster, was no-heighted and did not place in the men's pole vault.