Pole vaulters lead Coyote track and field at Nebraska Invitational

Junior Kyle Ballew and sophomore Bethany Buell each captured pole vault titles to lead the South Dakota track and field teams at the Nebraska Invitational Saturday at Ed Weir Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The meet is a final tune-up for the Coyote teams prior to the Summit League Outdoor Championships, which are May 10-12 in Fargo ND.

Ballew (West Hills, CA) continued his strong outdoor season, winning the men's pole vault with a personal-best mark of 17-5 ¾, which is the second-best height in the Summit League this season and 14th-best in the West Region.

Buell (St. Louis, MO) won the women's pole vault at 13-8 1/4, with freshman teammate Emily Grove (Pontiac, IL) second at 13-4 ½.

The Coyote teams had several strong showing on the days. Junior Ashley Sveum (Eau Claire, WS) won the 400 meter dash at 56.31, just .21 seconds away from a personal best. South Dakota's 4×400 relay was victorious at 3:53.99. That consisted of freshman Rachel Weinandt (Yankton), Sveum, sophomore Anna Hyronimus (Brandon, SD) and senior Brittany Chambers (Orangevale, CA).

Freshman Analisa Huschle (Bagley, MN) was second in the 100-meter dash at 11.79, just .04 seconds away from a personal-best, and was third in the long jump with a personal best of 19-2 1/2, second-best mark in the Summit League this season. She also took fourth in the 200-meter dash at 24.58.

Sophomore Britni Waller (Lincoln, NE) was second in the women's 5,000 meters at 18:32.16. Junior Jessica Brandli (Rapid City) was fourth in the women's 1,500 meters with a personal-best time of 4:42.19. Senior Jasmine Mosley (Bellevue, NE) was fourth in the women's shot put at 49-9 ¼ and fifth in the women's hammer throw at 178-9.

South Dakota's 4×100 relay was second at 47.31. That consisted of sophomore Tansha Clarke (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Huschle, Sveum and junior Gabriel Williams (Sioux City, Iowa). Molly Ervin was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 15.22.

For the men, senior Kyle Wheeler (Omaha) won the discus at 156-3. South Dakota's 4×400 relay captured the win at 3:17.29. That consisted of junior Brandon Kovash (Harrisburg, SD), junior Casey Shade (Hartford, SD), freshman Tyler Sternhagen (Yankton) and freshman Lukas Bernard (Watertown).

Shade was second in the men's 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 47.70, which is the fourth-best time in the Summit League this season.

South Dakota's 4×100 relay was third at 42.53. That consisted of junior Michael Burrus (Omaha), Kovash, senior Jared Clement (Le Mars, IA) and sophomore Jordan Schumacher (Rapid City).

Sophomore Jeff Mettler (Eureka, SD) was second in the 1,500 meters at 4:00.52, with junior teammate Ethan Marquardt (Albert Lea, MN) taking third at 4:00.52.

Senior Tim Brown (Rapid City) ran a pair of personal-bests on the day. He took fourth in the 200-meter dash at 21.68 and also ran a personal-best of 10.98 in the 100 meters.

The Coyotes are next in action on May 10-12 at the Summit League Outdoor Championships in Fargo.

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