Gebhart leads strong performance by USD track team at Boise State

Gebhart leads strong performance by USD track team at Boise State
Stephanie Gebhart anchored the Coyotes' winning 4×400-meter relay and had two second-place finishes in individual events (200, 400) to lead a strong performance by the South Dakota Women's Track and Field team at the Holiday Inn Invitational at Nampa, ID, on Friday and Saturday.

South Dakota competed with primarily Division I teams at the meet, including squads from Washington State, Colorado State, Boise State, Portland State, Utah State, among others.

Gebhart, a junior from Elkton, finished second in both the 200-meter dash in 24.83 and the 400-meter dash in 55.10. However, she was defeated by an unattached runner in the 400-meter dash as she kept alive her unbeaten string of wins in the event against collegiate competition this indoor season.

Gebhart clocked the fifth fastest time nationally in the 200-meters and her 400-meter time ranks fourth in the nation this season. Both times were also provisional marks for the NCAA Division II meet. In the 200-meter dash, she was only beaten by a runner from Washington State.

In addition, Gebhart anchored the 4×400-meter relay to a win in 3:50.59. Other USD team members on the 4×400-meter relay included Kiki Smith, Amber Stoltenburg and Heidi Muellenberg.

Kassy Laber of Parkston, who has earned two NCC women's track athlete of the week awards already this season, won the 800-meter run in 2:11.41. Earlier this season, she clocked a 2:10.86, and with this performance, has the nation's top-two 800-meter times. Amber Stoltenburg of Elkton, was fifth in 2:17.50, which is also a provisional mark for nationals.

Muellenberg, a junior from Redfield, also had a strong meet by finishing fourth in both the 60-meter dash in 7.86 and the 200-meter dash in a personal-best of 24.98. Muellenberg's time in the 200-meter dash is the eighth-best in Division II this season.

Aimee Nielsen, a senior from Mason City, IA, had her personal-best and met a provisional time for nationals with a clocking of 5:00.34 in the mile run. Nielsen, whose time ranks eighth in the nation in Division II, finished fourth behind three runners from Colorado State. Kaylee Keating, a senior from Sioux Falls, was sixth in the mile run with a time of 5:12.55.

Smith, a junior from Wahpeton, ND, was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.05. She also had a personal best and finished eighth in the long jump, going 18'0.25 on Friday.

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