South Dakota picks up 8 titles Saturday

South Dakota picks up 8 titles Saturday The South Dakota men's and women's track and field teams had eight first place finishes at the Sioux City Relays which concluded on Saturday.

On Friday, USD picked up three titles and had several top 10 finishes. Kassidi Myrick of Winner, who earlier this week was the NCC Women's Athlete of the Week, broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 174'03''.

Then on Saturday, USD had five more titles, including four by the men's team. Eric Kittles of Rapid City picked up three titles, including winning the men's 100 meter dash and anchoring the winning 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays.

Here is a breakdown of the USD squads.


Freshman Wesleigh Hardy (Spearfish) was a double winner, winning the 800-meter run in 2:16.33 and picking up a title in the 1,500-meter run in 4:48.07. Mary Bennett (Scotland), was second in the 1,500-meter run, covering the distance in 4:53.46.

Myrick captured the hammer throw, with a toss of 174'03'', which broke her own school record. Susan Chamberlain (Earling, IA), who finished second in the shot put with a toss of 42'10''.75, was fourth in the hammer with a throw of 148'01''. Mikala Larsen (Council Bluffs, IA) finished eighth with a throw of 130'05''. In the discus, Myrick finished third with a throw of 133'06''.

Senior Jen Feely (Fairmont, MN) was second in 18:45.07 in the 5000-meter run. In the same race, freshman Amanda Roeman (Dell Rapids) finished sixth in 19:25.74.

Mandy Manning (Casper, WY) finished fourth (1:07.85) and Jill Kurtenbach (Dimock) was fifth (1:09.05) in the 400 meter hurdles.

The women's distance medley relay was second in 12:46.42.

Carrie Gonsor (Pierre) was seventh in the high jump, going 5'02''.

Staci Vanderberg (Okoboji, IA) finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.71.

Katie Cerling (Plymouth, MN) was sixth in the pole vault, going 9'06''.

Kittles won the 100-meter dash in 10.77. Then, he was on the winning 4×100-meter relay that finished in 42.50. That squad included Colte Haines (White River), Merrit Groh (Sioux City), Kittles, and David Coley (Omaha, NE). He also ran on the 4×200-meter relay that was victorious in 1:27.84. That team included Kittles, Coley, Groh and Chad Erling (Bellevue, NE).

Adam Dunn (Rapid City) picked up his first collegiate pole vault title. He won the event, going 15.0. Teammate Aaron Truckenbrod (Omaha, NE) was fourth in the pole vault, going 14'0.

USD received a second-place finish from freshman Tyler Wettering (Sioux Falls) in the 5,000-meter run. He had a clocking of 15:49.39 and was the top collegian finisher. In that same race, Matt DeWald (Yankton) was sixth in 16:33.50.

Mark Liebl (Menno) picked up a second-place finish in the javelin with a toss of 184'08''.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Brendan Huber (Huron) finished third in 9:47.82 with Matt Nipe (Madison), fifth, in 10:25.72.

Also in the 100 meter dash, Coley was third in 10.96.

Aside from helping on relays, Haines captured the triple jump title, going 46'06''.50. He also finished fourth in the long jump, going 21'10''.

Groh also took sixth in the 400-meter dash in 50.29.

Pat Colleran (Sioux Falls), who was 10th (1:56.36) in the 800-meter run, also finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:08.46. Nate Seier (Dubuque, IA) was eighth in the 1,500 meter run in 4:11.41.

Erling picked up a third-place finish in the 400- meter hurdles, going 54.89. Brian Reimer (Chamberlain) was eighth in the 400 hurdles, going 56.37.

The USD men's team finished second in the distance medley relay in 10:29.44. USD was also third in the 1,600-meter spring medley with a time of 3:32.94. In the 4×400-meter relay, USD finished sixth in 3:23.02.

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