McGill second, Seagren third at NCC event

McGill second, Seagren third at NCC event
Mara McGill finished second in the women's heptathlon and Jeff Seagren was third in the men's decathlon to highlight the South Dakota track and field squad's performances at the North Central Conference Multi Event competition, which concluded on Sept. 1 in St. Peter, MN.

McGill, the defending women's heptathlon champion, finished in a tie for second place with 4,415 points, which was also an NCAA Division II provisional mark to nationals. In the men's decathlon, Seagren was third as he finished with 5,878 points.

Along with McGill, Kiki Smith, who was competing in her first heptathlon, finished fourth while Stacy Gould moved from 13th to eighth as the Coyotes totaled 13 points which will be added to the women's team points for the NCC meet later this month. Also for the Coyote women's team, Amber Schmidt was 11th with 3,590 points.


The USD men also received a seventh-place finish from freshman Ben Hendrickson of Flandreau, who totaled 5,351 points. The Coyote men scored eight team points for the NCC Championships later this month.

The overall results of the women's heptathlon included: 1. Kayla Todnem, St. Cloud State, 4,593; 2. McGill, South Dakota, 4,415; 2. Kaycie Merrihew, Minnesota State, 4,415; 4. Smith, South Dakota, 4,390; 5. Jenny Anderson, Augustana, 4,251; 6. Lindsey Krueger, St. Cloud State, 4,209; 7. Julie Gass, Nebraska-Omaha, 4,065; 8. Gould, South Dakota, 3,755; 9. Ally Hartje, Minnesota-Duluth, 3,739; 10. Mary Otis, Minnesota-Duluth, 3,724; 11. Schmidt, South Dakota, 3,590; 12. Karin Costin, Augustana, 3,447; and 13. Taylor Hartje, Minnesota- Duluth, 3,171. Team points broke down as follows: South Dakota, 13; St. Cloud State, 13; Minnesota State, 7; Augustana 4; and Nebraska-Omaha, 2.

The men's decathlon results included: 1. R.J. McGinnis, St. Cloud State, 6,741; 2. Josh Rasmussen, Minnesota State, 6,413; 3. Seagren, South Dakota, 5,878; 4. Chris Parno, Minnesota-Duluth, 5,802; 5. Chad Hedgepeth, Augustana, 5,737; 6. Adam Schmitt, St. Cloud State, 5,728; 7. Hendrickson, South Dakota, 5,351; 8. Josh Robertson, Minnesota State, 5,227; and 9. Jason Badger, Minnesota State, 4,479. The men's team points broke down as follows: St. Cloud State, 13; Minnesota State, 9; South Dakota, 8; Minnesota-Duluth, 5; and Augustana, 4.

South Dakota coach Lucky Huber was pleased with the performances of the Coyotes at the competition.

"Mara (McGill) has shown tremendous courage in the past year, overcoming a major injury. She has worked hard and for her to finish second at this competition speaks to how much heart she has," he said. "I also was pleased with Kiki's (Smith) performance in her first-ever competition. And Stacy really fought back to earn some points for us at the conference meet."

USD head men's coach Dave Gottsleben was also happy with the results of the work of Seagren and Hendrickson in the men's decathlon.

"Jeff (Seagren) really worked hard this spring and he was able to move up and score valuable points for the NCC Championships. I am also more than pleased with the effort put forth by Ben Hendrickson, who was in his first NCC decathlon competition. He also moved up and scored valuable points for us as we prepare for the NCC meet," Gottsleben said.

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