Senior Kenna Wolter set a school record and won the triple jump to lead the South Dakota women's track and field team at the final day of competition at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, NE.
The Coyote men had a good showing against the stout competition as well, led by a personal-best sophomore Travis Brenner and their 4 x 400 relay team's impressive time.
Wolter (Santa Maria, CA) broke the triple jump school record of 40-8 3/4 she set in 2010 with an effort of 41-0 1/4 inches, on her way to winning the event. The 41-0 ¼ effort is by far the best jump in the Summit League this season, besting the previous best by more than a foot-and-a-half.
Senior Emma Ladwig (Gayville) was second in the special 800 meters with a time of 2:09.01, a season-best and the No. 1-ranked time in the Summit League this season. She edged Nebraska's Jessica Furlan by .17 seconds for the second spot. Junior Jessica Brandli (Rapid City) was third in the 3,000 meters at 10:05.08, shattering her previous personal best in the race by more than 13 seconds. It is the sixth-best time in the Summit League this season.
Junior Alexa Duling (Gregory, SD) finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles – ahead of athletes from Nebraska and UTEP – with her time of 8.78, which tied the school indoor record. Duling tied the record set by Lindsay House in 2005 at the Bill Bergan Invitational, and has recorded the 8.78 three consecutive times, including in Friday's preliminaries.
The Coyotes' 4 x 400 relay was fifth at 3:48.01, which is the second-best time in the Summit League this season. That consisted of freshman Amber Ewers (Columbus, NE), Duling, junior Ashley Sveum (Eau Claire, WI) and Ladwig.
Sophomore Ashleigh Giese (Marshall, WI) finished seventh in the women's one-mile at 5:07.36, ahead of runners from Wisconsin, Oral Roberts and Drake. Freshman Rachel Weinandt (Yankton) was ninth in the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:17.99 – just 1.43 out of fifth. Junior Carol Miller (Mead, NE.) was 10th in the women's one-mile special heat at 5:11.34. Senior Haley Juhnke (Vivian, SD) had a personal best of 8.84 to finish fifth in the consolation heat of the 60-meter hurdles.
For the Coyote men, sophomore Travis Brenner (Yankton) had a fine showing in the men's one-mile, taking seventh with a personal-best mark of 4:13.87, topping his previous mark by .13 seconds. He was just three seconds out of first in the race. Freshman Kyle McKelvey (Beresford) was ninth in the shot put at 54-4 3/4.
The Coyotes' 4 x 400 relay, competing in the special heat, was seventh at 3:17.27, which is the third-fastest time in the Summit League this season. That consisted of freshman Erik Hill (Tea), freshman Tyler Sternhagen (Yankton) junior Casey Shade (Hartford) and freshman Lukas Bernard (Watertown).
Shade was seventh in the special 800 meters at 1:53.33, while sophomore Jeff Mettler (Eureka) was 10th in the one-mile special heat, posting a time of 4:15.53.
The Coyotes return to action at the Iowa State University Classic starting Friday in Ames, IA.