USD track and field team records 17 titles at Vance Butler Invite

USD track and field team records 17 titles at Vance Butler Invite
The South Dakota men's and women's track and field squad put together a dominant performance at the Vance Butler Invitational at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls on April 8.

The two squads had a combined 17 individual or relay titles, along with 10 second-place finishes.

The South Dakota men's team was led by the record-breaking performance of senior Dan Tolsma of Vermillion, who shattered his own record in the hammer throw. Tolsma tossed the instrument 190'08.50, which set a state and USD school mark and is also a provisional mark to nationals.


Sam Pribyl, a senior from Webster, won a title in the pole vault by going 17'0, which is an automatic qualifying standard to the NCAA Division II nationals. USD also received a solid performance from Mark Liebl of Menno, who won the javelin throw with a provisional mark of 201'10. He also took third in the discus (153'04) and the hammer (132'0).

The Coyote men also captured the 4×100-meter relay (42.29), and the 4×400-meter relay (3:21.06).

Sophomore Terry Liggins of Omaha, NE, won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.69 and captured the 400-meter hurdles in an NCAA provisional mark of 52.96.

Overall, the USD men's team had 10 titles and four second-place finishes. Scott Hargens of Sioux Falls, just missed the provisional qualifying standard for nationals with a first-place time of 1:53.43 in the 800-meter run.

The South Dakota women's team dominated the running events, accumulating five titles and had seven overall. Leading the way was Heidi Muellenberg of Redfield, who was a member of the winning 4×100-meter relay (47.96); and the victorious 4×400-meter relay (3:51.46). She also won the 100-meter dash in 12.42 and was second in the 200-meter dash in 25.22. USD took the top three places in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Aimee Nielsen of Mason City, IA, won the 1,500-meter run in 4:43.97 while Stephanie Gebhart of Elkton, was the winner in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 25.14. In addition, Mikala Larsen of Council Bluffs, IA, captured the hammer throw title with a toss of 127'11 and Tanya Salter of Fargo, ND, won the high jump, going 5'04.25.

Next for the USD track and field teams is the University of Nebraska Quad on April 15 in Lincoln, NE.

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