Men capture Godfather’s Challenge title

Men capture Godfather's Challenge title The South Dakota men's track and field squad captured the team title at the Godfather's Division II Challenge at Emporia, KS, on Saturday. The Coyote women's team was second in the team competition.

The USD men's team had 120.5 points to outdistance Fort Hays State with 113.5 and Emporia State with 101. The Coyote women's team, which had captured the previous two D-II Challenge team titles, finished second with 109 points. Nebraska-Kearney was first in the women's team competition with 116.5 points. Central Missouri State was third with 105 points.

The South Dakota men's and women's team totaled 10 individual or relay titles and added another seven second-place finishes. Led by the double wins from Derek Gearman and Terry Liggins, USD men's team had five titles and three second-place finishes. Stephanie Gebhart led the USD women's team by collecting a pair of individual titles and anchoring the winning 4×400 meter relay. Overall, the USD women's team had five titles and four second-place finishes.

Gearman captured both the high jump and triple jump titles, recording season-bests and NCAA provisional marks to nationals in both events. He had a high jump of 6'11.75 and had a triple jump of 49'10.0. Gearman also finished third in the long jump at 23'06. Liggins won both hurdles events, including a 53.33 clocking in winning the 400-meter hurdles. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.60 but had a 14.55 in the prelims, which was an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark.

USD's Dan Tolsma of Vermillion, broke his own school (and state of South Dakota) record with a second place toss of 180'03. The mark is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark to the Division II nationals.

James Jeffery had a personal/outdoor-best and NCAA provisional mark of 1:52.49 in winning the 800-meter run. In addition, the men's team had an NCAA provisional mark in the javelin from Mark Liebl who tossed the instrument a personal-best of 193'09.

Gebhart won the 200-meter dash in 24.27 and also captured the 400-meter title in 54.76, which is an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark to nationals. She picked up a third title as part of the 4×400-meter relay squad that clocked a season-best 3:45.53 and an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark to nationals.

Also for the Coyote women's team, Marci Miller won a title in the pole vault at 11'11.75, which is an NCAA provisional mark. Aimee Nielsen picked up the other title for the women's team by capturing the 3,000-meter run in 10:26.80. USD had the top two-finishers in the race as Kaylee Keating finished second in 10:28.0.

Diana Scott had an NCAA provisional mark in the 100-meter hurdles by finishing second in 14.62.

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