During the past several days at various California track and field meets, the USD track and field teams put together 16 provisional (13) or automatic (3) qualifying marks for the national outdoor championships later this spring. The Coyote squads competed at the Mount SAC Relays, the Long Beach Invitational and the Concordia-Irvine Open.
"For a nonconference competition, I feel our men's and women's squads had a number of remarkable performances during this trip," said USD women's track and field coach Lucky Huber. "They performed at a high level against outstanding competition, which included numerous Division I squads. They showed that we are ready to compete at the next level (Division I)."
On Sunday at the Mount SAC Relays, Erickson finished second with a clocking of 2:07.57 which is an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II outdoor nationals. Erickson finished only behind North Dakota State's Laura Hermanson who ran a 2:06.40 at the Mount SAC Relays. Erickson, who earlier this year set the South Dakota collegiate mark in the indoor 800-meter dash, broke USD's outdoor 800-meter mark of 2:09.82 held by Jennifer Munyan in 1997.
Stephanie Gebhart (Sr., Elkton) finished third in the 400-meter dash with a season-best and automatic qualifying mark for nationals of :54.86. The clocking by Gebhart, an 18-time All-American, was the fourth fastest of her career.
USD's 4×400-meter relay also met a provisional mark on Sunday. The relay squad, which finished fifth with a clocking of 3:47.17, included Gebhart, Erickson along with Allie Smith (Jr., Wahpeton, ND) and Rosalie Brueske (So., Woonsocket). Also for the Coyote women's team, Amber Hegge (Fr., Crofton, NE) was fifth in the high jump at 5'05.
The men's team was led by Scott Hargens (Sr., Sioux Falls), who was fifth in the men's 800-meter dash with a clocking of 1:51.88. Hargens' time was a season-best and a provisional qualifying mark for the outdoor nationals. Preston Scott (Jr., Parker) finished ninth in the hammer throw with a toss of 171'0.
Review of Coyote Performances on Saturday
Jasmine Mosley (So., Bellevue, NE) recorded two provisional marks in throwing events during the Concordia-Irvine Open on Saturday. She won the women's shot put with a throw of 44'01. She also finished second in the discus with a toss of 146'11.
At the same meet, senior Tyler Wetering (Sr., Sioux Falls) finished second in the 1,500-meter run with a season-best clocking of 3:50.54. Wetering's time is a provisional qualifying mark for nationals.
At the Long Beach Invitational, the Coyotes had three provisional marks, including one by Shaneaka Parkes (Jr., St. Ann, Minard Hill, Jamaica), who was seventh in the javelin throw at 142'01. She also met the provisional mark by finishing 11th in the women's 200-meter dash with a clocking of :24.76.
The women's 4×100 meter relay finished fourth with a provisional mark to nationals of :47.36. The team included Jenessa Filler (Jr., Crooks), Erickson, Parkes and Gebhart.
Filler also finished 14th (:25.00) in the 200-meter dash and 28th (:12.58) in the 100-meter dash. Allie Smith was 11th with a season-best of :57.54 in the 400-meter dash.
Lindsay House (Jr., Lennox) was 20th (:14.98) in the 100-meter hurdles. Also for the women's team, Mosley finished 31st (153'0) in the hammer throw while Danielle Dornbusch (So., Papillion, NE) was 38th (148'07) and Amy Velthoff (So., Panama, IA) was 48th (142'08).
At the Long Beach meet, the men's team was led by Colte Haines (Sr., White Lake), who was seventh (46'01.25) in the triple jump. Josh Olson (Sr., Watertown) finished 17th (21'04) in the men's long jump. In the men's hammer throw, Scott claimed 21st place with a throw of 167'08 while Ben Walters (Jr., Lennox) was 40th at 152'11.