Tolsma nearly cracks 200 feet in hammer throw at Sioux City Relays

Tolsma nearly cracks 200 feet in hammer throw at Sioux City Relays
Dan Tolsma, a senior on the South Dakota men's track and field squad, continues to break records in the hammer throw.

At the Sioux City Relays April 21, he set a USD and state of South Dakota mark with a throw of 199'07 to highlight several strong performances by the USD track and field squad during the two-day meet. Tolsma's throw is a personal-best and ranks third in the country in Division II.

Another highlight for the Coyotes was the triple jump meet record set by freshman Natalie Stout of Crofton, NE. Stout went 38'04.50 to lead a group of Coyotes which claimed the top three spots in the event. Betsy Lubbers of Watertown, finished second in 35'00.75 while Carrie Gonsor of Pierre, was third at 34'11.

Overall, USD claimed three titles at the Sioux City Relays.

Aimee Nielsen, a senior from Mason City, IA, won the 1,500-meter run in 4:39.70, which is an NCAA Division II provisional mark to nationals. Kaylee Keating of Sioux Falls, was second in 4:53.72 while Mary Bennett of Scotland, was third in 4:53.72 as the Coyotes dominated the event.

Allison Smith of Wahpeton, ND, claimed two third-place finishes by clocking a 12.99 in the 100-meter dash and going 59.22 in the 400-meter dash. Amber Friedrich of Algona, IA, was second in the 5,000-meter run in 18:35.63. Lindsay House of Lennox, took third in the 100-meter hurdles.

For the men's team, freshman Jayme Liddell of Aberdeen, had an outstanding meet by finishing second in the high jump at 6'04 and third in the triple jump at 46'06.75. Matt Yaggie of Mission Hill, was third in the 10,000-meter run in 32:38.10.

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