USD track and field squads combine for 12 titles

USD track and field squads combine for 12 titles
The South Dakota men's and women's track and field team turned in another outstanding performance by combining for 12 titles at the John Dalton Memorial Open on Feb. 18 at the DakotaDome.

The meet was highlighted by a special pole vault exhibition, the "Derek Miles and Friends Pole Vault Competition," which included a world class field.

The South Dakota women's team had a strong performance in the sprints, led by Amanda Adamson of Yankton, who won the 60-meter dash in 7.81. Freshman Jenessa Filler of Crooks was second in 7.86 with freshman Lauren Krell of Sioux Falls finishing third in the 60-meter dash in 8.05.

Junior Heidi Muellenberg of Redfield won the 200-meter dash in 25.89 with freshman Allie Smith of Wahpeton, ND, finishing in fourth-place in 26.49. Krell was fifth in the 200-meter dash in 26.84.

Lexi Dunlop, a freshman from Woodbine, IA, picked up a title in the 1-mile run in 5:16.50. In the same event, freshman Jessica Lundgren of Truman, MN, was fourth in 5:23.59 and sophomore Amy Steckelberg of Yankton captured fifth in 5:31.65.

The Coyote women's team took the top three spots in the 800-meter run led by senior Amber Stoltenburg of Elkton, who won the event in 2:17.57. Also in the 800-meter run, junior Amy Duba of Sioux Falls, was second in 2:18.42, with freshman Betsy Blackler of Rapid City finishing third in 2:19.62.

Junior Mara McGill of Beresford finished second in 9.01 and junior Kiki Smith of Wahpeton, ND, was third in 9.02 in the 60-meter hurdles.

USD won the 4×400 meter relay with a clocking of 4:03.74.

USD finished 1-2 in the pole vault with Katie Cerling of Plymouth, MN, capturing the title with a career-best mark of 12'01. Cerling's vault is a provisional mark for the NCAA Division II national meet. Kaci Nickerson, a freshman from Cambridge, NE, was second at 10'0 in the pole vault.

USD took four of the top five spots in the long jump, led by sophomore Lindsay House of Lennox, who was second at 17'05.50. The other Coyote placers in the long jump included McGill, third, 17'01.50; freshman Betsy Lubbers of Watertown, fourth, 16'01.75 and sophomore Amber Ross of Sioux City, IA, fifth, 15'11.50.

In the triple jump, freshman Natalie Stout of Crofton, NE, was second in 38'03.25. The other triple jump placers from USD included Lubbers, fourth, 35'05.75 and Carrie Gonsor of Pierre, fifth, 35'02.

Senior Nick Hagemann of New Vienna, IA, continued a strong indoor performance in the throws by winning both the shot put and the weight throw. Hagemann won the shot put with a heave of 49'01.50 and captured the weight throw title with a toss of 59'01.50, which is his career-best and a throw that ranks sixth in NCAA Division II this season. USD senior Mark Leibl of Menno was second in the weight throw with a toss of 47'00.25.

Freshman Dominic Artis of Brooklyn Park, MN, led a strong sprint performance by the Coyote men's team. Artis won the 200-meter dash in 22.59 and finished second in the 60-meter dash in 7.07. Stefan Logan, a junior from Miami, FL, won the 60-meter dash in 6.90. In the 200-meter dash, USD took the top four spots. Aside from Artis, junior David Coley of Omaha, NE, was second in 22.74 and was followed by sophomore Terry Liggins of Omaha, NE, who finished third in 22.75 with sophomore Jordan McCaskill of Rapid City, fourth in 22.78.

In the collegiate pole vault, freshman Tim Rust of Magnolia, MN, picked up a title by vaulting 15'00. USD freshman Matt Rotert of Huron was fifth with a jump of 14'06.

Sophomore Scott Hargens of Sioux Falls led a one-to-two finish by the Coyotes in the 500-meter dash. Hargens won the title in 1:05.99 with senior Chad Erling of Bellevue, NE, taking second in 1:07.45. Freshman Josiah Volentine of Council Bluffs, IA, was fifth in 1:08.91.

Freshman Ben Oberle of Vermillion was second in the 400-meter dash in 51.31 while Matt Dewald of Yankton took fourth in the 3,000-meter run in 9:03.39.

The Coyotes placed two in the top-three of the long jump as junior Jordan Davis of San Antonio, TX, was second in 21'02 with sophomore Colte Haines of White Lake, third in 20'09.75. Haines was also third in the triple jump at 45'05.75.

The men's 4×400-meter relay was victorious with a clocking of 3:30.52.

Next for the USD track and field teams is the North Central Conference Championships on Feb. 24-25 in Mankato, MN.

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