USD track and field teams win seven titles at Howard Wood Dakota Relays

USD track and field teams win seven titles at Howard Wood Dakota Relays
The South Dakota Men's and Women's Track and Field Squad won seven titles during the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on Friday and Saturday.

During a rainy and windy two days, the Coyote squads had a number of big-time performances, including the women's 4×200-meter relay which set a Howard Wood Dakota Relays record on Friday. The Coyotes clocked a 1:41.21 to break the 1998 record. The squad of Jenessa Filler (Crooks), Lauren Krell (Hartford), Heidi Muellenberg (Redfield) and Rosalie Brueske (Woonsocket) clocked a 1:41.21 to break the 1998 Howard Wood Dakota Relays mark of Nebraska-Omaha, which ran a 1:41.42.

On Saturday, senior Muellenburg won the 100-meter dash by clocking a 12.25 to lead a 1-2-3 finish by the Coyote women's team in the event. Krell was second in 12.38 followed by Filler in third in 12.65. Muellenberg also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 25.14. Teammate Allison Smith (Wahpeton, ND) tied Muellenberg with a 25.14 clocking. Filler tied for seventh with a time of 25.44.

In the men's 4×200-meter relay, the Coyotes were victorious in 1:29.18. The Coyote men's 1,600 sprint medley relay also won a title on Saturday with a clocking of 3:45.18. The team included Travis Pitts (Sioux City, IA), Alex Leloux (Parker), Gable Andrews (Council Bluffs, IA, and Jon Christensen (Sioux Falls).

In the women's triple jump on Friday, Carrie Gonsor (Pierre) claimed the women's triple jump title by going 36'08.75. USD captured five of the top six spots in the event. Tia Haines (White Lake) was second in 36'07.25 followed by Natalie Stout (Crofton, NE), third, 36'06.50; Betsy Lubbers (Watertown), fourth, 35'10; and Stacy Gould (Sioux Falls), sixth, 35'03.50.

Other titlists for the Coyotes included the men's 4×200-meter relay in 1:29.18 on Friday. The team included David Coley (Bellevue, NE), Tyler Williamson (Estelline), Ben Oberle (Vermillion) and Dominic Artis (Brooklyn Park, MN).

Ben Walters (Lennox) captured the men's discus throw with a toss of 150'09 on Friday. His teammate Preston Scott (Parker) was second at 146'02 while Jake Wilkinson (North Platte, NE) finished fourth at 143'10.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, two Coyote women's athletes had personal bests and met the NCAA DII provisional qualifying marks for nationals. Kiki Smith (Wahpeton, ND) claimed second place in 14.33, which was a career-best while Mara McGill (Beresford), was fourth in 14.60.

Other highlights included:

Kaci Nickerson (Cambridge, NE) finished second in the women's pole vault by going 11'0 while Megan Kahler (Dakota Dunes), third, 10'06; and Katie Cerling (Plymouth, MN), fifth, 9'06.

Jasmine Mosley (Bellevue, NE) was third in the discus throw at 133'08. Amy Velthoff (Panama, IA) claimed sixth with a discus toss of 127'08.

Gonsor also performed well in the high jump with a third-place finish at 5'03. Kelli Fargen (Brookings) was fourth at 5'01 with Amanda Wollman (LeMars, IA), fifth, at 5'01.

Scott placed second in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 162'07 while Walters was fifth with a toss of 155'02.

In the men's shot put, Wilkinson was second with a throw of 45'05.50 and Walters third at 45'03.75.

The Coyote women's team also had two of the top- six placers in the long jump. Andrene Miller (Manchester, Jamaica) was second at 17'06.75 while Haines finished sixth at 16'03.25.

USD was second in the women's 4×100-meter relay in 49.09. The Coyotes also claimed second in the women's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay in 4:24.20.

Lexi Dunlop (Woodbine, IA) was sixth in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:56.40.

Coley was third in the men's 100-meter dash in 10.92. He was also second in the men's 200-meter dash in 21.54 with Artis grabbing third in 21.54.

In the men's 400-meter hurdles, Jeff Seagren (Wausa, NE) was fourth in 58.76 with Ben Hendrickson (Flandreau), sixth in 1:01.18.

The Coyotes also claimed second in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:06.32.

Tony Turgeon (Sioux Falls) finished second in the men's 5,000-meter run in 15:09.6.

Velthoff finished second in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 145'09. Danielle Dornbusch (Papillion, NE) was fourth at 141'01.

Billy Chromy (Linwood, NE) finished second in the men's javelin throw at 173'04 while Tane Owens (Pierre, S.D.) was fourth at 142'00.

Mosley was third in the women's shot put at 42'04 while Amber Schmidt (Hartford) claimed seventh in the shot put at 38'02.25.

Sean Fitzsimmons (Yankton) captured fifth place in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a clocking of 9:56.21.

Josh Jeffery (Spearfish) was fifth in 1:53.41 and Tyler Wetering (Sioux Falls) was eighth in 1:55.85 in the men's 800-meter run.

Amy Lindner (Sioux Falls) claimed fifth in the women's 3,000-meter run in 10:24.39.

Oberle was sixth in the men's 400-meter dash with a clocking of 49.83.

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