Pole vaulters are tops with local fans Saturday

Pole vaulters are tops with local fans Saturday Former USD Coyote Derek Miles tries to clear 19' 2 1/4'' in Saturday's Derek Miles and Friends pole vault competition held at the DakotaDome. Success would mean Miles setting a new personal best record. He also would have broken the 2005 indoor vault record and set a new DakotaDome vault record. He came so close, but unfortunately, he failed in three attempts to set the new records. Derek Miles of Jonesboro, AR, won the special invitational pole vault while South Dakota men's and women's track and field team recorded several strong performances at the John Dalton Open at the DakotaDome on Saturday.

In the special pole vault, which included three of the world's top-10 ranked vaulters, Miles, a 1996 graduate of USD, went 19'0.5'' to claim the title. Jeff Hartwig of Jonesboro, AR, vaulted 18'8.25'' to finish second.

Toby Stevenson of Chula Vista, CA, who is ranked second in the world and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, did not clear 18 feet. The other vaulter in the competition, Jeremy Scott of Norfolk, NE, cleared 17'7''. More than 1,100 people witnessed the special pole vault competition.

At the John Dalton Open, the Coyotes men's and women's squad won 12 individual or relay titles.

Leading the way for the USD women's squad was Heidi Muellenberg of Redfield, who accounted for three wins on the day. She won the 60-meter dash (7.81) and the 200-meter dash (25.71) and also anchored the winning 4×400-meter relay (4:10.05).

Others with titles for the USD women included: Kassidi Bridge of Winner, weight throw (54'2''); Mara McGill (Beresford), long jump (17'2.75''); Marci Miller (Rapid City), pole vault (12'); Mary Bennett (Scotland), mile run (5:20.40); Amy Duba (Sioux Falls), 800-meter run (2:20.17); Kaylee Keating (Sioux Falls), 3,000-meter run (11:04.11).

For the USD men, Dan Tolsma of Vermillion posted a personal best and recorded the top weight throw of the season in the NCC with a winning toss of 55'2''. Tolsma's toss was also a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark.

Other first place finishes by the USD men's team included: Adam Dunn of Rapid City, pole vault (14'06''); Lucas Lang, high jump (6'); Josiah Volentine of Council Bluffs, IA, 500-meter run (1:09.46). USD also claimed a title in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:35.35.

Women's results (USD)

Weight Throw: Kassidi Bridge (Winner), first, 54'2''; Tiffany Barber (Chester), second, 52'8''; Susan Chamberlain (Earling, IA), third, 48'3''; Mikala Larsen (Council Bluffs, IA), fifth, 45'10''.

Shot Put: Chamberlain, third, 40'4''; Bridge, sixth, 37'8''.

Long Jump: Mara McGill (Beresford), first, 17'2.75''; Stacy Gould (Sioux Falls), fourth, 16'0.5''; Betsy Luebbers (Watertown), seventh, 15'6.25''.

Pole Vault: Marci Miller (Rapid City), 12'; Jackie Dvoracek (Tyndall), 10'; Katie Cerling (Plymouth, MN), 10'.

Triple Jump: Gould, second, 35'4.75''; Luebbers, fourth, 33'10.75''; Carrie Gonsor (Pierre,), fifth, 33'0.5''; Staci Vanderberg (Okoboji, IA), sixth, 32'8.25''; Megan Hansen (Arlington, NE), seventh, 30'2.25''.

High Jump: Gonsor, third, 4'10''; Jenna Jensen (Rapid City), third, 4'10''; McGill, sixth, 4'10''.

60-M Dash: Heidi Muellenberg (Redfield), first, 7.81; Lindsay House (Lennox), fourth, 8.26.

60-M Hurdles: House, third, 9.04; Diana Scott (Norfolk, NE), fourth, 9.16; McGill, fifth, 9.21; Vanderberg, eighth, 9.87.

Mile Run: Mary Bennett (Scotland), first, 5:20.40.

200-M Dash: Muellenberg, first, 25.71; McGill, fifth, 26.93; Scott, ninth, 27.46.

800-M Run: Amy Duba (Sioux Falls), first, 2:20.17; Bennett, second, 2:22.70; Mandy Manning (Casper, WY), fourth, 2:25.02.

4x400M-Relay: USD A, first, 4:10.05.

3,000-M Run: Kaylee Keating (Sioux Falls), first 11:04.11; Amanda Roeman (Dell Rapids), second, 11:11.21.

Men's Results (USD)

Weight Throw: Dan Tolsma (Vermillion), first, 55'2''; Nick Hagemann (New Vienna, IA), second, 54'4''.

Shot Put: Hagemann, third, 48'0.5''.

Long Jump: Cale Ellison (Burlington, WY), fourth, 20'8''; Lucas Lang, 20'6.5''; Bill Chromy (Linwood, NE), seventh, 19'5.75''; John Shubeck (Beresford), eighth, 17'.5.75''.

Pole Vault: Adam Dunn (Rapid City), first, 14'06''; Aaron Truckenbrod (Omaha, NE), third, 13'; Brett Deibert (Aberdeen), fifth, 12'06''.

High Jump: Lang, first, 6'.

60-M Dash: Alex Perkowski (Hinsdale, IL), second, 7.19; Devin Toft (Canton), third, 7.24.

60-M Hurdles: Jason Briggs (Mitchell), second, 8.56.

200-M Dash: Toft, second, 23.52; Merritt Groh (Sioux City, IA), fifth, 23.87; Ellison, 10th, 24.57.

400-M Dash: Groh, third, 53.04; Brian Reimer (Chamberlain), fifth, 53.05; David Coley (Omaha, NE), ninth, 53.94.

800-M Run: Briggs, ninth, 2:13.07; Shubeck, 10th, 2:14.12.

4x400M-Relay: USD A, first, 3:35.35; USD B, second, 3:36.54.

500M-Run: Josiah Volentine (Council Bluffs, IA), first, 1:09.46; Joe Hegge (Watertown), second, 1:09.63.

3,000M-Run: Bret Fransen (Edgerton, MN), second, 9:01.70.

Special Pole Vault: Derek Miles, Nike, first, 19'0.5''; Jeff Hartwig, Nike, second, 18'8.25''; Jeremy Scott, Bell Athletics, third, 17'7.25''; Toby Stevenson, Nike, NH.

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