Tolsma sets record; USD takes 24 titles

Tolsma sets record; USD takes 24 titles Led by the record-breaking performance of Dan Tolsma, the South Dakota track and field team won 24 titles in a solid performance at the Wayne State Triangular on Saturday, April 2.

The Coyotes competed against Wayne State and Northern State at the triangular. The USD men's and women's team each won 12 individual or relay titles at the competition.

Tolsma of Vermillion, won the hammer throw with a toss of 174.4, breaking the school and state record in the event. It was also a provisional NCAA Division II qualifying mark to the outdoor nationals. Tolsma broke the school record of 173'10 of Nick Hagemann in 2003.

Also for the Coyotes men's team, Derek Gearman won three events including the long jump (22'10.5), high jump (6'08); and triple jump (44'08). Terry Liggins won two titles with victories in the 110-meter hurdles (14.60) and 400-meter hurdles (55.05). Liggins' time of 14.60 was a provisional mark for the NCAA Division II outdoor nationals.

Marci Miller led the women's team by capturing the pole vault title in 12'01, which was also an NCAA Division II provisional mark to outdoor nationals.

In the hammer throw, Tiffany Barber captured the title with an NCAA Division II qualifying mark of 176'03. Kassidi Bridge also had a provisional mark to nationals with a toss of 169'07 and finished second at the meet.

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