USD sets three school records at home opener

VERMILLION — Megan Glisar set a new USD record in the women’s high jump, Bethany Buell broke the USD women’s indoor pole vault record and Cody Snyder shattered the USD men’s indoor shot put record at the Bill Hillenbrand Alumni Track Meet at the DakotaDome on Saturday.

Glisar jumped a 5-9 3/4 mark to win the high jump. Her mark broke the record of 5-9 1/4 set by Tonya Kneifl in 2001. Glisar tied that record at the Jack Johnson Invitational on Jan. 19.

Buell won the pole vault with a 13-10 mark, which topped the old record of 13-7 1/4 that Buell set in 2011 and teammate Emily Grove tied last season. The mark also raised the women’s DakotaDome record by over four inches. Buell was followed in final results by teammates Madison Mills in second (12-11 1/2) and Grove, who competed unattached, in third (12-11 1/2).

Snyder (Lake Andes) upped the indoor shot put record by two feet with a throw of 58-4 3/4. The throw broke the record set by Steve Schmidt in 2000 (56-4 1/4).

Outside those three, the Coyotes won 11 other events and had several other top-three performances. Michael Burrus won the men’s 60-meter dash in 6.89 with Christian Nielsen placing second in 7.05 and Brandon Kovash in fourth at 7.14. Nielsen would later win the 200-meter dash in 22.07.

South Dakota swept the 60-meter hurdles with Tansha Clarke winning the women’s race in 9.12 and Erik Hill winning the men’s race in 8.23. Kevin Sarenkhani followed Hill in second with a time of 8.38.

The Coyotes almost swept the top five positions in both 3,000-meter races. Kristin Steffen (Crofton, Neb.) won the women’s race in 10:22.82 and led the women to sweep the top-six positions. Isaac Allen won the men’s race in 8:41.56 and led the men to finish four in the top five.

In the 400-meters, Jeff O’Connell won with a time of 51.08 and Lukas Bernard finished third in 51.57. O’Connell also won the long jump with a leap of 22-10.

In field events, Kyle Ballew won the men’s pole vault with a 17-0 3/4 mark and Peter Chapman was second at 15-11. Cody Linder added a win in the triple jump at 46-6 with Chad Pinkelman finishing second at 44-11 1/2.

Rounding out USD’s winners, Jeff Mettler won the mile (4:15.14), Denton Stephens won the weight throw (55-0 3/4) and the men’s 4×400-meter relay added the final win of the day in 3:26.35.

For South Dakota State, Austin Hamm (Bloomfield, Neb.) finished seventh in the 3,000-meter run in 9:19.03.

The Coyotes will compete at the Frank Sevigne-Husker Invitational in Lincoln on Feb. 1.

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