USD women second, men third at NCC meet

USD women second, men third at NCC meet The South Dakota women's track and field team finished second at the North Central Conference meet that concluded Saturday at Mankato, MN. The men's team was third.

The South Dakota women's team totaled 160 points but finished second to North Dakota State, which had 212.50 points. The other team results included Nebraska-Omaha, third, 114.50; North Dakota, fourth, 80; Minnesota State, fifth, 57.50; South Dakota State, sixth, 50; Augustana, seventh, 45.50; and St. Cloud State, eighth, 21.

On the men's side, NDSU had 255 points to finish ahead of second place Minnesota State, which had 147 points and South Dakota was third with 142 points. The remainder of the team results included South Dakota State, fourth, 80 points; St. Cloud State, fifth, 46 points; North Dakota, sixth, 36 points; and Augustana, seventh, 33 points.

Between the two USD teams, the Coyotes had seven individual conference champions.

Women's Breakdown

The Coyote women's team won three titles at the meet, including two by Brianne Vette-Edwards (Spearfish, S.D.). Vette-Edwards won her second title of the meet by capturing the 60-meter hurdles (8.83). On Friday, she won the indoor pentathlon in with an NCC record, 3,777 points.

Kassidi Myrick (Winner) won the weight throw title with a toss of 56'11.50''. Tiffany Barber (Chester), who was second in the shot put on Friday, finished third in the weight throw (54'10.75'') while senior Susan Chamberlain (Earling, IA) took fifth (51'07''). USD's Mikala Larsen (Council Bluffs, IA) was seventh in the weight throw (47'00.75'').

Vette-Edwards was also third in the triple jump (40'00.00'') on Saturday and fifth (18'10.50'') in the long jump on Friday. Sarah Hoffman (Mitchell), who was third in the pentathlon on Friday, finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.94) while freshman Mara McGill (Beresford) was seventh (9.00).

Junior Marci Miller (Rapid City) was second in the pole vault (12'00.50'') with senior Jamie Davis (Colton), eighth (11'06.50'').

Amanda Dykstra (Yankton) was second in the 60-meter dash (7.81) with senior Emily Fox (Sioux Falls), fifth (7.95).

USD freshman Stephanie Gebhart was fourth in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes. Gebhart (Elkton) clocked a 25.39 in the 200-meter dash and had time of 56.78 in the 400-meter dash. Fox was fifth in the 200-meter dash (25.48) and fifth in the 400-meter dash (57.08).

In the 500 meter dash, Meghann Reifenrath (Rock Rapids, IA) was second. Junior Amber Friedrich (Algona, IA) was runner-up (17:48.85) in the 3,000-meter run. Freshman Amanda Roeman finished eighth (18:38.76) in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Kassy Laber (Parkston) was sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:18.04.

In the 1,000-meter run, Aimee Nielsen (Mason City, IA) was seventh in 5:14.22. Freshman Wesleigh Hardy (Spearfish) was sixth (3:05.26) with freshman Amy Duba (Sioux Falls), seventh (3:05.80).

USD placed two of the top eight in the 3000-meter run, including a fourth place finish by Nielsen (10:31.44) with freshman Amy Steckelberg (Yankton), eighth (10:37.79).

The Coyotes also finished fourth in the 4×400 relay (4:01.44) and third in the 4×800-meter relay (9:35.55).

Men's Breakdown

During the two days, the USD men had a total of five titles, including three on Saturday.

Highlighting the men's performance was freshman Stefan Logan (Miami, FL), who won the 60-meter dash with a conference and Fieldhouse record of 6.76.

Another freshman, Derek Gearman (Lennox), continued his solid first season as a Coyote. At the NCC championships, he won a title and took two second-place finishes. On Saturday, Gearman won the high jump (6'09.50''). Gearman, who was second in the long jump (23'02.00'') on Friday, took second in the triple jump on Saturday, going 48'02.00''. USD's Jordan Davis (San Antonio, TX) was sixth (45'04.50'') in the triple jump.

Sophomore Nick Hagemann (New Vienna, IA) won the weight throw with a toss of 55'07.75'' while Schable was sixth (49'09'') and Nate Clark (Tracy, MN) finished seventh (48'10.75'').

The other titles came on Friday when Sam Pribyl (Webster), won the pole vault (16'05.25'') and A.J. Schable (Ida Grove, IA) won the shot put (52'02.50'').

Freshman David Coley (Omaha, Neb.) was eighth (7.17) in the 60-meter dash and seventh in the 200-meters (22.66). USD's Wayne Reynolds was eighth in the 200 meters (23.27) and took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.36) with USD's Jason Briggs (Mitchell), seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (8.60).

Shane Roder (Linn Grove, IA) took second (2:27.37) and Nate Seier (Dubuque, IA) was sixth (2:31.37) in the 1,000-meter run.

USD's Chad Erling (Bellevue, NE) finished fourth in the 500-meter dash (1:06.30) with Joe Hegge (Watertown), eighth, 1:07.98.

Pat Colleran (Sioux Falls) was eighth (1:57.01) in the 800-meter run.

USD took fourth (3:23.56) in the 4×400-meter relay and was third (7:58.02) in the 4×800-meter relay.

Another USD freshman Tyler Wetering (Sioux Falls) was seventh (8:49.60) in the 3,000-meter run.

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