USD has several outstanding performances Jeff Hartwig, the American record holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault, won the special pole vault exhibition on Saturday as part of the John Dalton-Hy-vee Invitational at the DakotaDome. At the meet, junior pole vaulter Marci Miller (Rapid City) recorded the best women's vault in NCAA Division II this year, going 12'03''.
Hartwig, of Jonesboro, AR, recorded a jump of 18'8''.25 while former South Dakota standout Derek Miles had a vault of 18'4''.25 in the special pole vault exhibition that attracted a crowd of over 1,000 people. Miles, of Jonesboro, AR, is currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world. Next for Miles is the Millrose Games in New York City and then to Europe where he and Hartwig will participate in several meets. Both are preparing for the U.S. Indoors in late February.
At the Dalton-Hy-vee meet, South Dakota men's and women's track and field teams turned in several outstanding performances. In total, USD had 28 first (14) or second (14) place finishes. The Coyote women won nine titles and the men's team finished with five.
Leading the South Dakota women's team was Miller, who had a season-best 12'03'' in winning the pole vault. Her vault is the best vault in Division II and a provisional mark for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Indoor Championships.
Senior Brianne Vette-Edwards (Spearfish) won both the long jump (18'07''.35) and the triple jump (38'04'') while taking third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.17).
South Dakota women's throwers had a solid meet, finishing with the top three spots in both the shot put and the weight throw. Sophomore Tiffany Barber (Chester) won the shot put (45'03''.75) and was second in the weight throw (51'.75). Sophomore Kassidi Myrick (Winner) won the weight throw (53'05'') and was second in the shot put (40'09''.50). Senior Susan Chamberlain (Earling, IA) finished third in both the shot put 939'05'') and the weight throw (49'07''.75). Sophomore Mikala Larsen (Council Bluffs, IA) took fourth in the weight throw (44'01''.50).
South Dakota freshmen continue to excel as Heidi Muellenberg (Redfield) won the 60-meter dash (7.93). Junior Amanda Dykstra (Yankton) was third (8.01). Freshman Mara McGill (Beresford) was second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.12). Stephanie Gebhart (Elkton) was second in the 400-meter dash (57.84) while Amy Duba (Sioux Falls) was second in the 800-meter run (2:21.30) and Wesleigh Hardy (Spearfish) won the 1,000-meter run (3:07.57).
Amber Friedrich (Algona, IA) won the 3,000-meter run (10:23.06) and finished second in the 1,000-meter run (3:07.79). The women's 4×400 meter relay was victorious (3:55.32) and the 4×800 meter relay took a title (10:11.57).
The USD women also took three of the top four spots in the 500-meter run. Meghan Reifenrath was second (1:19.73); Kassy Laber (Parkston), third (1:20.17); and Laura Schmitz (McCook Lake), fourth (1:21.29).
Emily Fox (Sioux Falls) was third in the 200-meter run (26.59).
Leading the men's team was Sam Pribyl (Webster) who won the pole vault (15'00). Freshman Jordan Davis (Summerset, TX) won the triple jump (45'10''.75) and was second in the long jump (21'09''.50). Also in the jumps, freshman Colte Haines (White Lake) was second in the triple jump (43'04''.50) and fourth in the long jump (20'08''.50).
Junior Shane Roder (Linn Grove, IA) won the 1,000-meter run (2:34.22) while sophomore Nate Seier (Dubuque, IA) was second (2:35.94).
The USD 4×800 relay took a title (8:24.21) while the 4×400 meter relay was second (3:25.56).
Junior Jason Briggs (Mitchell) finished second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.46). Sophomore Joe Hegge (Watertown) was second in the 500- meter run (1:09.19) while sophomore Chad Erling (Bellevue, NE) was second in the 800-meter run (1:58.90).
Junior Nick Hagemann (New Vienna, IA) was second in the weight throw (50'10''.25). Nate Clark (Tracy, MN) finished fourth in the weight throw (48'.75).
Freshman Stefan Logan (Miami, FL) was third in the 60-meter dash in 7.10 with freshman David Coley (Omaha, NE), fourth, 7.14.
Next for the South Dakota men's and women's track and field team is a trip to the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, NE.