Pribyl, Huber, Gottsleben named tops in North Central Conference

Pribyl, Huber, Gottsleben named tops in North Central Conference
Sam Pribyl of the South Dakota men's track and field squad has been selected the North Central Conference Track and Field Outstanding Men's Athlete for his performance at the recent conference championships. Pribyl was selected in a vote of the league coaches.

USD men's coach Dave Gottsleben and women's coach Lucky Huber were selected the North Central Conference Outdoor Track and Field Coaches of the Year. The coaches' awards were voted on by the conference's track and field coaches. Molly Beling of Nebraska-Omaha was the women's MVP after winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Pribyl, a senior from Webster, set a new NCC meet and state of South Dakota record when he cleared 17-6 in the pole vault on a windy day at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Pribyl's mark was a men's NCC record at the 2006 meet and is the top vault in NCAA Division II competition this season by 1 1/2 inches.


A five-time All-American, Pribyl won his sixth career title (indoor and outdoor) in the pole vault. In his winning effort, Pribyl made a comeback of major proportions. After missing at 16'03 and 16'07 and watching Ben Mauch of Minnesota-State, Mankato, make both heights, Pribyl passed to the height of 17'01. Facing a second-place finish and a final vault in the competition, Pribyl made 17'01. Then, he broke his collegiate personal best on a third try at 17'06.

With his performance, he broke the school, state of South Dakota collegiate and NCC record of 17'03 that he set in 2004. He made three attempts at 18'0.50, nearly making it over on his first attempt.

Pribyl is one of 17 USD men's or women's track and field student-athletes that is competing at the NCAA Division II nationals on May 25-27 in Emporia, KS.

Gottsleben, who is in his 22nd season at South Dakota, led the Coyotes to the NCC title as USD recorded a school-record 274 points, easily outdistancing second-place and defending-champion Minnesota State, which scored 217 points. The 274 points is the second-highest total in league history (303.5, North Dakota, 2003).

Gottsleben, a native of Brookings, received his ninth indoor or outdoor NCC Coach of the Year honor. Gottsleben, who has coached 135 All-Americans and four national champions, has led his men's teams to eight top-10 finishes.

Huber, who is in his 12th year at USD, guided the Coyotes to their third straight North Central Conference Outdoor Track & Field title. USD outscored Nebraska-Omaha, 206-150, as the Coyotes cracked the 200-point mark for the third straight year.

A native of Elk Point, Huber earned his 10th overall and fourth consecutive NCC Coach of the Year honor (indoors or outdoors). The championship was the sixth overall women's outdoor title for USD. For the second consecutive year, Huber's team completed the NCC triple crown of cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field titles in the same season, which is an NCC-first.

USD women's teams have won seven straight track and field or cross country titles and eight of the last nine titles. Huber has coached 145 student-athletes that have earned All-American honors.

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