Edwards leads USD to 10th place

Edwards leads USD to 10th place Highlighted by a national title from Brianne Edwards, the South Dakota women's track and field team finished 10th in the team competition at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships that concluded Saturday night at Walnut, CA. The Coyote women finished with 23 team points. The South Dakota men's team was 41st with four points.

It was the third straight time that the USD women's track and field team has finished in the top 10 at the indoor or outdoor nationals. Add in the top 10 finish by the women's cross country team last fall and USD women's track and field or cross country teams have four straight top 10 finishes.

Edwards, a senior from Spearfish, scored a school record 5,301 points, just missing the B qualifying mark for the U.S. Olympic Trials. She finished just 150 points from that B standard. She will try and reach that trials B standard at a meet later this spring. In her final nationals as a Coyote, Edwards became USD's 14th national champion. Sarah Hoffman, a senior from Mitchell, who was third in the heptathlon at the 2003 nationals, finished fifth in the heptathlon competition with 4,750 points.

Edwards also finished fifth in the triple jump, going 40'02''.25. She picked up her second All-American honor at the competition with her performance in the triple jump. She now has five All-American honors in her career at USD. Hoffman also earned All-American honors.

Freshman Steph Gebhart (Elkton) picked up her first All-American honor, by finishing sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 54.72. Also for the women, Kassidi Myrick (Winner), was ninth in the hammer throw with a toss of 169'09''. Tiffany Barber (Chester) was 13th in the hammer throw with a throw of 165'03''.

Gebhart picked up a second All-American honor as a member of the 4×400-meter relay that finished seventh, clocking a time of 3:45.97 in the finals. In the prelims, the 4×400 meter squad had a season best of 3:45.35. The other members of the team, that also earned All-American honors, included Heidi Muellenberg (Redfield), Emily Fox (Sioux Falls) and Meghan Reifenrath (Rock Rapids).

For the men's team, junior Sam Pribyl (Webster) finished fourth in the pole vault, going 16'04.75''. He earned his third All-American honor. Tony Turgeon (Sioux Falls) was 10th in the 10,000-meter dash with a clocking of 31:08.42. Paul Brozik (Winner) finished 13th in the long jump with a leap of 23'03.25''. Derek Gearman (Lennox) finished 13th in the triple jump, going 47'11.75''.

Breakdown of Heptathlon

Competition for USD

In the seven-event heptathlon, Edwards totaled the school record 5,301 points with several strong efforts. She recorded the best score with 938 points in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.29. She was also fifth in the high jump, going 5'03'', which gave her 759 points. In the shot put, she scored 627 points, throwing the instrument 37'08'', which was third among the competitors. She had a 25.65 clocking in the 200 meters, earning her the second best score of 828 points.

Edwards totaled 747 points in the long jump with a leap of 18'07'', which tied for the top score in the event. She threw the javelin 119'09'', good for 600 points, which was the fifth best score. She had the third best 800-meter run, scoring 802 points after running a 2:21.57.

For Hoffman, she was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with 843 points and a clocking of 14.99. Her other scores, place and time is as follows: high jump, 5'02.5'', 724 points, eighth; shot put, 35'00.25", 573 points, sixth; 200-meter dash, 26.92, 718 points, 10th; long jump, 16'03.25", 548 points, ninth; javelin throw, 110'01'', eighth; 800-meter run, 2:21.73, third.

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