USD continues strong in Holiday Inn Invitational

USD continues strong in Holiday Inn Invitational The University of South Dakota women's 4×400 relay squad provisionally qualified for nationals to lead a series of strong performances by both the men's and women's track and field squads on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Invitational at the University of Nebraska on Saturday.

The women's 4×400 relay clocked a 3:49.29, a national provisional mark for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. The squad included Steph Gebhart (Elkton), Heidi Muellenberg (Redfield), Meghan Reifenrath (Rock Rapids, IA), and Emily Fox (Sioux Falls). The clocking is the second best in NCAA Division II this season.

In addition, Gebhart finished fifth in the 400 meter dash in 57.11, which is also a provisional mark for nationals. Fox finished 10th with a time of 57.81.

In the women's 60-meter hurdles, Mara McGill, a freshman from Beresford, finished sixth in 9.15, one spot behind senior Sarah Hoffman, who had a 9.07 in the same event. Hoffman of Mitchell, won the high jump title on Friday with a jump of 5'03.

Other top performances by the USD women included Brianne Vette-Edwards, who finished fourth in the triple jump, going 38'03.25. She was seventh in the 600-yard run in 1:31.65 and on Friday was seventh in the long jump (17'10.25.). Tiffany Barber, a sophomore from Chester, was fifth in the shot put, throwing 43'08.

The USD women also finished third in the distance medley, clocking a 12:29.64.

On the men's side, the distance medley relay was third in 10:15.51. and the 4×400 relay was 10th in 3:23.51.

Freshman Stefan Logan (Miami, FL) was eighth in the 60-meter dash, clocking a 7.01 in the finals. However, he had a 6.94 in the semifinals of the race.

Jordan Davis (San Antonio, TX) was fifth in the triple jump, going 44'07.50.

Pat Colleran (Sioux Falls) finished 10th in the 600-yard rin in 1:14.90 while Chad Erling (Bellevue, NE) clocked a 50.49 in the 400-meter dash, finishing ninth.

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