USD track and field teams to host double dual with SDSU, UND Saturday

The South Dakota track and field teams host their lone home meet of the 2011 outdoor season when they play host to rivals South Dakota State and North Dakota in Yankton. The meet will be a Double-Dual between the three teams and will provide the Coyote teams with quality competition heading into larger meets later this month.

Last Time Out: The South Dakota track and field teams posted eight event wins at the Vance Butler Invitational at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls on April 2. The Coyote women won seven events on the day while senior Tane Owens captured a win for the Coyote men at the 21-team event.

The Coyote women won two relays � the 4 x 400 and 4 x 100 � and also won five individual events.

South Dakota�s 4 x 100 won with a time of 48.32.

That relay consisted of junior Christina Roberts (Omaha, NE), junior Ashlea Johnson (Yankton), freshman Monique Williams (Kitson Town, Jamaica) and sophomore Gabriel Williams (Sioux City, IA). The 4 x 400 relay also had a solid run on its way to the win as it posted a victorious time of 4:00.19. That relay included sophomore Ashley Sveum (Eau Claire, WI), freshman Morgana Running (Spearfish), junior Brittany Chambers (Orangevale, CA) and freshman Anna Hyronimus (Brandon).

Gabriel Williams added a win in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.45, earning a margin of victory of .05 seconds. Johnson also won an individual event when she won the long jump at 17-10 3/4.

Senior Jasmine Mosley (Bellevue, NE) won the women�s shot put at 46-10 1/4. Senior Haley Juhnke (Vivian) won the 100-meter hurdles at 15.38, while junior Kenna Wolter (Santa Maria, CA) won the triple jump at 38-6 3/4.

Owens (Pierre) earned a win in the men�s pole vault with an effort of 15-9, nearing his personal best of 16-0 in the event.

Erickson Wins Weekly Honors: South Dakota junior Emma Erickson was named the Great West Conference Female Athlete of the Week in Track and Field, the league announced on March 30. Erickson earned the 11th weekly conference honor of her career after an outstanding performance at the Stanford Invite on March 26-27 in Palo Alto, CA. Erickson won her section of the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.75, just .49 seconds off of the school record.

Great West Conference Rankings: South Dakota has a number of men and women that are at the top of the conference or near the top, according to the outdoor performance list from the conference.

The men have two of the top three in the 100-meter dash with Jeremy Blount leading the way in second at 10.82 and Matt Kerswill third at 10.98. Blount also sits second in the 200 meter dash (21.81).

Sophomore Casey Shade has the second-best time in the 800-meter run at 1:52.26.

Senior Tane Owens leads the conference in the pole vault after posting a 15-9 effort at the Vance Butler. Senior Bryan Braley and freshman Stuart Charbonneau are third at 14-10. Junior Cody Linder ranks first in the triple jump at 45-10, while Sean Keane is currently in third for the long jump (20-9). Freshman Cody Snyder is now second in the shot put after throwing 51-4 1/2 at Vance Butler.

For the women, Gabriel Williams holds the top time in the 60 meter dash, and is fourth in the 200-meter dash. Junior Emma Erickson has the top time in the 800 meters (2:07.75), while sophomore Carol Miller (11:20.62) and Kelsey Robish (12:01.62) are 1-2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Alexa Duling leads the conference in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.58).

In women�s field events, the Coyotes hold the top two spots in the long jump with junior Kenna Wolter leading the way at 18-3 1/4, followed by junior Ashlea Johnson at 17-10 1/4. Wolter also leads the triple jump at 38-6 3/4, a mark she posted at the Vance Butler.

Sophomore Bethany Buell leads a Coyote contingent that is 1-2-3 in the pole vault. Buell set a school record with 13-2 1/4 at the Baldy Castillo on March 19 and leads the conference in that area, with sophomore Megan Meyer second at 11-8 1/2. Senior Jasmine Mosley is first in the shot put at 46-10 1/4 and second in the hammer throw (160-0).

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