Freshman Emily Grove tied the school indoor pole vault record and freshman Analisa Huschle captured the long jump to lead the South Dakota women's track and field team at the opening day of the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic Friday in Minneapolis, MN. The Coyote women are in second place – trailing only Minnesota – after five events while the men are in fourth place after the completion of just two events.
Grove (Pontiac, IL) continued her strong start to the indoor season. She recorded a vault of 13-7 ¼ (4.15 meters) and was the top collegiate finisher at the event. She tied the record set by teammate Bethany Buell (St. Louis, MO) in 2011. Grove's vault is second in the Summit League this season and is tied for seventh-best in the nation.
Huschle (Bagley, MN) had a good performance Friday as well, winning the long jump with a Coyote season-best effort of 18-9 ¼ (5.72 meters). That mark is second in the Summit League this season. She also was seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.82, which is sixth-best in the Summit League and a Coyote season-best.
Sophomore Kristin Steffen had a good run in the women's 5,000 meters, taking third with a career-best time of 18:41.61. That is the best time in the Summit League this season. Senior Megan Meyer also had an indoor career-best pole vault of 11-11 ¾ (3.65).
Senior Jared Clement (LeMars, IA) led the Coyote men with a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash. He ran a time of 22.86, a Coyote season-best and a time that is eighth-best in the Summit League this season.