After rain delays halted action for much of the afternoon, University of South Dakota pole-vaulters Bethany Buell and Emily Grove and high jumper Megan Glisar all qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by posting top-12 finishes at the West Region Preliminary Round last week.
The three join Cody Snyder, who qualified in the discus, in going to the national championships that will be held in Eugene, OR, starting June 5.
Buell and Grove cleared 13 feet, 5½ inches to finish first and sixth, respectively. Buell didn’t miss on any of her attempts, while Grove missed one at the final height. It’s the second straight year both qualified for the outdoor national championships.
Buell will make her third straight outdoor national championship appearance. She placed third at the championships last season and has the highest mark in the nation this year at 14-7½. Grove finished seventh at the championships a year ago and has a high mark of 14-0 this year.
In the high jump, Glisar finished in a tie for third with a mark of 5-10½. She was one of four to clear that height. It’ll be her first appearance at the NCAA national meet.
Five Coyotes ended their seasons on Friday. Outside of Buell’s and Grove’s finishes in the pole vault, Hunter Wilkes placed 27th and Madison Mills placed 28th in the event. Wilkes cleared 12-8 while Mills cleared 12-2.
In the men’s shot put, Kyle McKelvey placed 26th with a mark of 54-10¼, while Snyder placed 48th with a throw of 44-7½. Snyder’s season will continue after qualifying for nationals in the discus on Thursday.
Senior Alexa Duling finished her career with a 15th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles quarterfinals in 59.20 seconds, while Jeff Mettler finished 32nd in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:06.74.
Meghan Dennis will be the only USD athlete in action on Saturday. She’ll compete in the javelin at 5 p.m.