South Dakotaâ�?�?s Kavan shines at Sioux City By Vance Janak
Yankton Press & Dakotan Ramsey Kavan likes competing at the Sioux City Relays. The University of South Dakota womenâ�?�?s track and field athlete won two individual events and helped anchor the winning 1600-meter distance medley relay team at the second day of the event held in Elwood Olsen Field on Saturday, April 19. The former Yankton High standout, who holds records in the 1,500-meter and the 3,000-meter run as a Gazelle standout, put her name in the record books again with a meet record time of 4:37.94 in the 1500-meter run. â�?�?Iâ�?�?ve always liked the Sioux City Relays. Itâ�?�?s been one of my favorite meets ever since I began running it my freshman year of high school,â�? Kavan said. â�?�?I just came to get a good workout in. Itâ�?�?s fun to come and be apart of the atmosphere. â�?�?I got to have fun to. I have a ton of people and a ton of supporters here. Itâ�?�?s great.â�? Kavanâ�?�?s performance highlighted a meet that saw the USD womenâ�?�?s team finish with six individual or relays titles at the meet. The Coyote women also won the 4×200-meter relay and were second in the 4×100-meter relay. Lauren Krell finished second in the 100-meter dash. USD took the top-three spot in the pole vault. Senior Katie Cerling was first with a vault of 11-feet. Freshman Haley Peterson was second while sophomore Megan Kahler was third. Mount Martyâ�?�?s Melissa Cumbee finished fourth. The success in the pole vault was no surprise as coaching the Coyotes was USD pole vaulter and Olympic team hopeful in Coyote assistant coach Derek Miles. â�?�?If turning in relay cards and making sure relay teams have a baton, weâ�?�?re good,â�? Miles jokingly said of his appointment as Coyote coach with Lucky Huber coaching at various meets in Southern California. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m here to help out where ever they need to be helped out. It was fun to see the kids have a fun day out here and get some sun and better weather to come out of that cold weather haze and see some performances.â�? In events from Friday, Betsy Lubbers won the triple jump while sophomore Tia Haines was second. Dakota Wesleyan and former Bon Homme High standout Brittany Ulmer was third. Natalie Stout was fourth for USD. Haines also took second in the long jump. Junior Laura Wortmann was first in the discus throw and was second in the shot put for the Lancers. Wortmann, a former Crofton High standout, went 149-8 feet in the discus and tossed the shot 43-4.5 feet. Throwing unattached for South Dakota State in the discus was former Bon Homme High standout Michelle Schuch. Schuch finished third in the event. For the USD menâ�?�?s team, head coach Dave Gottsleben said the expectations for the meet were to â�?�?put athletes in situation where they could be competitive and see who theyâ�?�?d react.â�? Senior hurdler Terry Liggins won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.42 seconds. The Coyotes won the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 42.79 seconds. USD was second in the 4×200-meter relay with a clocking of 1:29.11. Gottsleben said the relay events allow his team a chance to train hard. â�?�?I think you run harder. Speed development, thereâ�?�?s a lot of things to it,â�? Gottsleben said. â�?�?When you have a baton in your hand, you run faster because youâ�?�?ve got the commitment of the team behind you. We havenâ�?�?t had the opportunity to do that because the weather and today we did. Our speed development was good.â�?