South Dakota women’s track and field team wins outdoor title

South Dakota women's track and field team wins outdoor title
Led by Kiki Smith, who claimed individual titles in both hurdle races, the South Dakota women's team claimed its fourth straight North Central Conference Track and Field Championship on Saturday in Duluth, MN. The South Dakota men's team, which had won two straight NCC titles, finished second.

The Coyote women's team scored 169.50 points, which was well ahead of second-place North Dakota at 142.50 points. The rest of the women's team standings included Minnesota State, third, 140; Nebraska-Omaha, fourth, 139; Augustana, fifth, 118; St. Cloud State, sixth, 74; and Minnesota-Duluth, seventh, 73.

The men's title was won by Minnesota State, which scored 233 points. The Coyote men's team, which won seven titles, finished with 217.50 points. The rest of the men's team standings included North Dakota, third, 122; Minnesota-Duluth, fourth, 109; St. Cloud State, fifth, 92.50; and Augustana, 39.

The South Dakota women's team, directed by head coach Lucky Huber, became just the second school in league history (North Dakota State, six straight titles) to win four consecutive outdoor crowns. The Coyote men's team, led by head coach Dave Gottsleben, was the defending outdoor and indoor league champions.

"I am really proud of this team," said Huber. "After finishing fourth indoors, this team responded really well to a rigorous training program and it worked out for them. I was pleased with the leadership efforts of our seniors – Heidi Muellenberg, Mara McGill, Amy Lindner, Kiki Smith and Carrie Gonsor. They really played a key role in our ability to win this meet today," said Huber, who has coached USD to five outdoor titles and 11 overall NCC crowns.

Highlighting the men's team performance was sophomore Dominic Artis, a sophomore from Brooklyn Park, MN, who defended his outdoor titles in both the 100- and 200-meters. Artis clocked a 10.66 in winning the 100-meter dash and had a 21.78 in capturing the 200-meter crown.

Coyote women's NCC breakdown

The South Dakota women had four titles, including two by Smith, a senior from Wahpeton, ND. Smith won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.41, which is an NCAA D-II provisional mark. USD had four of the top-six placers in the 100-meter hurdles. Mara McGill, a senior from Beresford, was third in 14.61, also a D-II provisional mark. Lindsey House, a junior from Lennox, was fourth in 14.66 with Andrene Miller, a junior from Manchester, Jamaica, sixth in 15.23.

Smith also won the 400-meter hurdles in a provisional mark to nationals of 1:02.60. In the same race Sara Miller of Rapid City was seventh in 1:09.34 with McGill, eighth, in 1:16.31.

Shaneaka Parkes, a junior from Manchester, Jamaica, bettered her own career mark with a win in the javelin throw. Parkes, who ranked fourth in the event in D-II entering the NCC meet, tossed the instrument 146'01, which is an NCAA D-II provisional mark.

Amy Velthoff, a sophomore from Panama, IA, won her first career NCC title with a victory in the hammer throw. Velthoff, who placed in the top five in all three throwing events at the NCC meet, had a hammer throw of 153'10. Also placing in the hammer throw was freshman Jasmine Mosley of Bellevue, NE, who was fifth with a throw of 148'01. Mosley also placed in all three throwing events. Danielle Dornbusch, a sophomore from Papillion, NE, was sixth with a throw of 148'01.

Sophomore Lexie Dunlop of Woodbine, IA, finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:43.22.

USD's 4×100-meter relay was third in 48.39. The Coyotes were fifth in the 4×400-meter relay in 4:03.37.

Three Coyotes finished in the top six of the 100-meter dash. Sophomore Lauren Krell (Hartford) was fourth in 12.22 followed by Heidi Muellenberg, a senior from Redfield, fifth in 12.23, and Parkes in sixth at 12.26.

USD also placed three in the 200-meter dash with Muelleberg finishing sixth in 25.37. Allison Smith of Wahpeton, ND, was seventh in 25.71 with Parkes, eighth, in 27.27. Allison Smith was also sixth in the 400-meter dash in 58.18.

Junior Shannon Daly of Groton was sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:22.59.

Amy Lindner, a senior from Sioux Falls, claimed fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 18:14.52. She was also third in the 10,000-meter run on Friday. Jessica Lundgren, a sophomore from Fairmont, MN, was seventh in the 5K run at 18:34.69.

Three Coyote women placed in the triple jump led by Natalie Stout of Crofton, NE, who was fifth at 36'11.75. Miller was seventh at 36'06.75, while freshman Tia Haines of White Lake claimed eighth in 36'05.50.

South Dakota men's

team highlights

Junior Terry Liggins of Omaha, NE, had a solid day in the hurdles. He had an NCAA D-II provisional mark to nationals of 14.44 as he won the 110-meter hurdles. Liggins also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a clocking of 53.99.

Tyler Wetering, a junior from Sioux Falls, won the 1,500-meter run in 3:56.44. Wetering, who was the NCC MVP in both cross country and the NCC indoor championships, placed second in the 5,000-meter run in 15:10.33. With a 1:59.04 clocking in the 800-meter run, Wetering placed seventh.

Tony Turgeon, a senior from Sioux Falls, won the 5,000-meter run in 14:57.86.

The Coyote men won the 4×100-meter relay in 41.94 while taking second in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:18.67. USD was narrowly nudged in the 4×400-meter relay by MSU, which had a 3:18.64.

Sophomore Preston Scott of Parker won the hammer throw with an NCAA D-II provisional mark of 172'04.

USD's Josh Jeffery, a junior from Spearfish, was third in the 1,500-meter run in 3:58.83. He also was sixth in the 800-meter run in 1:57.32.

Scott Hargens, a junior from Sioux Falls, was third in the 800-meter run in 1:55.05. He also placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:03.46.

David Coley, a senior from Bellevue, NE, was third in the 200-meter dash in 22.14 and fourth in the 100-meter dash in 10.82.

Ben Oberle, a sophomore from Vermillion, won his first-ever outdoor 400-meter title with a clocking of 49.49. Oberle also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in 22.43.

Freshman Sean Fitzsimmons of Yankton was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:41.00 while Matt Yaggie of Mission Hill was seventh in 15:33.57.

Junior Jeff Seagren of Wausa, NE, finished third in the men's high jump at 6'02.25. Seagren was fourth in the triple jump at 43'10.50. Josh Olson, a junior from Watertown, claimed eighth in the triple jump at 43'01.

Ben Hendrickson, a freshman from Flandreau, was eighth in the high jump at 6'00.50.

In the men's javelin throw, Bill Chromy of Linwood, NE, was seventh at 165'11.

Next for the South Dakota track and field squads is the NCAA D-II National Championships on May 24-26 in Charlotte, NC.

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