Track and field teams claim NCC titles

Track and field teams claim NCC titles
For the first time in school history, the South Dakota Track and Field squad has captured both the men's and women's North Central Conference titles in the same outdoor season.

The Coyotes accomplished the feat on Saturday with the men's team rolling up a school record 274 points and the women's team recording 206 points at the NCC Track and Field Championships at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

The USD women's team also made school history with its second straight triple crown as USD put together its seventh straight cross country, or women's indoor or outdoor title. It is the women's third straight outdoor title.


The women's team won its sixth overall outdoor title. In addition, the Coyote women's squad, which won six individual or relay titles, scored over 200 points for the third straight outdoor meet (202, 2005; 230.5, 2004).

The men's team set a new school mark and had the second highest point total (274) in league history (North Dakota State, 306.5, 2003). The men's team picked up its 11th overall outdoor title. The USD men's team won 10 of the individual or relay titles contested during the championships.

"I am so proud of this team that fought through a lot and then stepped up big time today," said men's head coach Dave Gottsleben, who is in his 22nd year as head track coach.

"For the 10 seniors to show great leadership and guide the rest of this team is special. This performance was the best I've seen and the best I have been part of as a track coach. This reflects what we want to be as a program, highly successful and motivated," said Gottsleben, who directed the Coyotes to their first outdoor title since 2000.

For 12th-year head women's coach Lucky Huber, the women's team showed that it is the NCC's most dominant track and field squad.

"I am proud of the effort of this team and our seniors. We came in expecting to win and it helps when you have that type of confidence. But, what is amazing was the great performances of seniors like Kaylee Keating, who won two big events, and Aimee Nielsen, who dominated in the 5,000-meters, among several others. Everyone did an outstanding job for us today."

In the women's 100-meter dash, USD placed three runners in the top-eight, led by Muellenberg, who was third in 11.91. Adamson took sixth in 12.15 while Lauren Krell of Hartford, was eighth in 12.47.

In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Alexi Dunlop of Woodbine, IA, had a late surge and picked up a second-place finish in 11:29.48.

In the triple jump, freshman Natalie Stout of Crofton, NE, was second by going 37'06.75. Betsy Lubbers of Watertown, was eighth at 35'09.50.

Carrie Egging of Gurley, NE, finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.82. Kiki Smith of Wahpeton, ND, was fourth in the women's 110-meter hurdles in 14.90 and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.50.

USD's Amber Schmidt was seventh in the women's shot put at 36'03.

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