South Dakota men’s, women’s track and field squads perform well at Kansas Relays

South Dakota men's, women's track and field squads perform well at Kansas Relays
The South Dakota men's and women's track and field squads had a big day at the Kansas Relays. In total, the USD track teams had three NCAA Division II provisional marks to nationals.

For the second straight day, a South Dakota men's relay squad finished second at the Kansas Relays.

USD's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay clocked a 3:28.10 to finish second. The team included sophomore Dominic Artis of Brooklyn Park, MN; senior David Coley of Bellevue, NE; sophomore Ben Oberle of Vermillion; and junior Scott Hargens of Sioux Falls.


Junior Terry Liggins of Omaha, NE, finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a season-best clocking of 14.40, which was also an NCAA DII provisional mark. He clocked the nation's eighth best time and finished only behind an unattached runner and two D-I athletes.

Senior Kiki Smith of Wahpeton, ND, had NCAA Division II provisional marks in the 400 hurdles and 100-meter hurdles. Smith had a personal best of 1:01.74 in the 400-meter prelims and then had a 1:02.57 and was sixth in the finals. Smith's time in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles was the seventh best in the nation and a provisional mark to nationals. She also had a D-II provisional mark of 14.61 in the 100-meter hurdles, but did not qualify for the finals.

Mara McGill of Beresford also had a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles of 14.66, which was just 1/100 second off the provisional mark of 14.65.

The Coyote women's 4×100-meter relay squad was fourth in the university-college division with a clocking of 48.54. The team of Lauren Krell (Hartford), Jenessa Filler (Crooks), Allie Smith (Wahpeton, ND) and Heidi Muellenberg (Redfield) ran a 47.74 in the prelims, which was just off the provisional mark of 47.50. Allie Smith also had a USD-career-best 57.34 clocking in the 400-meter dash but did not qualify for the finals.

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