Men capture team title at Graphic Edge Alumni Meet

Men capture team title at Graphic Edge Alumni Meet The South Dakota men's track and field team rolled up 255 points and easily outdistanced the competition at the Division II Graphic Edge Alumni Meet held at the DakotaDome on Saturday. Nebraska-Omaha edged South Dakota in the women's team competition.

A highlight for the South Dakota women's team was the school-record performance of Tiffany Barber who set a weight throw mark with a toss of 57'03, breaking the 2003 mark of Amanda Muller, who had the record of 56'02. The throw was the second-best in Division II this season.

In the men's competition, USD picked up nine individual or relay titles in rolling to the team title. Chadron State had 111 points to finish second, followed by third-place Truman State with 101 points; Wayne State, fourth place, 81 points and Augustana, fifth place 69 points.

In the women's team competition, UNO, paced by three individual titles from Anastasia Kyvelidou, finished with 206.50 points followed by South Dakota with 186 points and Truman State was third with 78 points. Augustana finished fourth with 77 points while Chadron State was fifth with 53 points and Wayne State, sixth, 40.5 points. Kyvelidou won the 60-meter hurdles (8.62); long jump (6.09 meters) and triple jump (12.39 meters). The USD women had seven individual or relay titles, including Barber's record-breaking performance in the weight throw.

In the men's competition, Eric Kittles won the 60-meter dash in 7.12 and took second in the 200-meter dash in 22.99. Tyler Wetering won the mile run in 4:15.85 and took a second title by anchoring the winning distance medley relay squad. Josh Jeffery captured the 800-meter title in 1:56.26 and was also a member of the distance medley squad (10:23.42). Tony Turgeon captured the 3,000 meter run in 8:45.94 with Brenden Huber taking second in 8:59.79. Terry Liggins won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.71. Another USD titlist was Adam Dunn who won the pole vault at 14'0. Colte Haines won the triple jump (13.46 meters) and was second in the long jump (6.71 meters). Nick Hagemann won the men's weight throw with a toss of 16.68 meters.

The South Dakota women's squad captured titles in both the 4×400-meter relay and the distance medley relay. The 4×400-meter relay squad finished in 3:53.72, which is a national provisional mark. The team included Heidi Muellenberg, Stephanie Gebhart, Kassy Laber, and Kiki Smith. USD won the distance medley in 12:31.41 with a squad that included Mary Bennett, Amber Stoltenburg, Mandy Manning, and Aimee Nielsen.

Gebhart also won an individual title in the 400-meter dash, recording a clocking of 56.67. She was second in the 200-meter dash in 25.31. Stoltenburg was also a double winner with a win in the 500-meter dash in 1:16.33. Laber was another double winner in the 800-meter run in 2:16.54. Marci Miller won the pole vault title at 12'0 while Barber won the weight throw at 57'03.

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