Track, field squads strong; provisional marks for nationals recorded The South Dakota men's and women's track and field team had its strong outing of the season by recording several national qualifying marks and setting a school record during competition at the Iowa State Open on Jan. 28-29 in Ames, IA.
In total, the Coyotes recorded eight NCAA Division II provisional marks to highlight its outstanding performance at the ISU Open.
On Friday, the USD men's distance medley relay set a school-record and recorded a national provisional qualifying mark of 10:01.39. The Coyote team of Nate Seier, James Jeffery, Josh Jeffery and Tyler Wetering finished third and recorded the second-best clocking in the event in NCAA Division II this indoor season. Also on Friday, Tony Turgeon won the 5,000-meter run with a clocking of 14:32.22. His time, which is a national provisional mark, is the third best 5K time in NCAA Division II this year.
In that same race, South Dakota's Brendan Huber recorded a ninth-place finish in 15:18.03. Dan Tolsma of Vermillion, finished third with a toss of 54'03.75 in the weight throw. Derek Gearman was seventh in the long jump, going 22'09.25.
For the Coyote women, two runners finished in the top-11 in the 5,000-meter run with redshirt freshman Amy Steckelberg ninth in 18:25.27 while senior Amber Friedrich was 11th in 18:45.69.
On Saturday, the Coyotes again shined. The brother tandem of Josh Jeffery and James Jeffery had strong outings in the 800-meter run. Josh Jeffery, a redshirt freshman, won the 800-meter run by recording a personal-best of 1:50.95, which is also the top 800-meter performance in Division II this season. His brother James had a clocking of 1:52.91, which earned him third place in the event. Both times by the Jeffery brothers are NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks for nationals.
For the USD women, sophomore Stephanie Gebhart and Amber Stoltenburg established personal-bests in the 800-meter run and met NCAA Division II provisional marks in the event. Gebhart finished third in the event with a clocking of 2:13.80 while Stoltenburg was fourth with a time of 2:13.93.
Wetering, who ran on the record-breaking distance medley team on Friday, again shined Saturday with a clocking of 4:12.87 in the mile run. He finished third in the event and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II nationals.
Also for the South Dakota men's squad, Terry Liggins finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a clocking of 8.24.