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    Feb. 28 - March 1, 2014

    Fort Wayne, Ind.

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    USD men repeat as league champs, seven win titles

    March 1, 2014

    Results

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Not much has changed for the South Dakota men’s track and field team in the past year, which is a good thing for the Coyotes.

    The Coyote men won their second straight league title, Jeff Mettler repeated as the Summit League men’s track MVP and head coach Dave Gottsleben repeated as the Summit League Coach of the Year on Saturday at the Summit League Indoor Championships held at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse. 

    Mettler, Cody Snyder, Brandon Kovash, Mach Dojiok and Teivaskie Lewin all claimed individual titles on the men’s side, while Emily Grove and Megan Glisar won league titles on the women’s side to lead the USD women to a second place finish in the team standings.

    Mettler, who won the men’s 3,000 on Friday, won the mile on Saturday in 4 minutes, 11.03 seconds. It was his fourth career league indoor title and sixth Summit League title overall. Mettler also placed fifth in the 5,000 (14:55.77) while teammate Brant Haase was third in the 5,000 (14:51.24) and fourth in the mile (4:16.46).

    Cody Snyder broke the league and school shot put record with a top mark of 59 feet, 11¾. The toss broke the previous school record of 59-5 and league record of 59-4¼. Kyle McKelvey tied the previous league record while finishing second.

    Kovash recorded his first two individual league titles, winning the 60 in 6.90 and 200 in 22.20. He led three more Coyotes to top-five finishes in the 200, with Christian Nielsen placing second (22.26), Jeff O’Connell placing fourth (22.58) and Jack Thony placing fifth (22.65).

    Dojiok took the league 800 title in 1:55.03, edging Moses Heppner of North Dakota State by two-hundredths of a second. Casey Shade followed in third place in 1:55.67.

    In the 60-meter hurdles, Lewin set a new fieldhouse record while winning in 8.03, breaking the old record set by Brandon Winters of Purdue on Dec. 7 last year by one-hundredth of a second. Erik Hill added a third place finish in 9.17.

    The men’s 4x400 relay team of Hill, Lukas Bernard, Nielsen and Shade added a win in 3:20.28 to round out the men’s team’s wins.

    On the women’s side, Megan Glisar repeated as high jump champion by clearing 5-10¾, besting SDSU’s Mary Wirth by an inch. Glisar’s height was a new fieldhouse record and missed the league record by a half inch.

    Emily Grove rounded out USD’s champions by clearing 14-1¾ in the pole vault, which was also a new fieldhouse record. Teammate Hunter Wilkes finished second at 13-2½.

    Outside of USD’s winners, Tyler Frank was second in the men’s high jump (6-8¾), Josh Petersen broke the USD heptathlon record of 4,617 while finishing third with 4,705 points and Conner Fitzsimmons was third in the men’s triple jump (46-4¼). Nielsen’s third place (49.89) and Bernard’s fourth place (50.24) in the 400 rounded out the men’s top-five finishers.

    Katie Wetzstein placed second in the 5,000 (17:20.90) and third in the mile (4:52.88) while Amber Eichkorn was third in the 5,000 (17:23.17) and fifth in the mile (5:00.53). The women also received a second place finish from Tansha Clarke (8.78) and a fifth place finish from Molly Ervin (9.17) in the 60-meter hurdles.

    Amber Ewers placed fourth in the 400 (57.80) and the women’s 4x400 relay of Ewers, Nicole Schmidt, Lindsey Montileaux and DeAsia Garrett placed fourth in 3:58.14 to round out the women’s top-five finishes on the track. 

    In field events, Ashley Thompson placed second (38-11) and Clarke was fifth (37-8) in the triple jump, while Danielle Waldner (47-0¼), Kayla Johnson (45-9¾) and Meghan Dennis (44-5½) finished third, fourth and fifth respectively in the shot put.

    In the final men’s team standings, South Dakota recorded 253 points, while North Dakota State finished second with 208 points. SDSU (98), Western Illinois (78) and IUPUI (16) rounded out the men’s standings.

    North Dakota State won the women’s title with 233 points, while South Dakota had 142.33 points.  Omaha (109), SDSU (97) and Western Illinois 36.33 rounded out the women’s top five. Full results are below.

    USD’s teams will next compete at the Tulsa Duals on March 21, but Grove, Glisar and pole vaulter Bethany Firsick are currently eligible to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 14-15.

    Final men’s standings
    1.  South Dakota – 253
    2.  North Dakota State – 208
    3.  South Dakota State – 95
    4.  Western Illinois – 78
    5.  IUPUI – 16

    Final women’s standings
    1.  North Dakota State – 233
    2.  South Dakota – 142.33
    3.  Omaha – 108
    4.  South Dakota State – 97
    5.  Western Illinois – 36.33
    6.  Fort Wayne – 25.33
    7.  IUPUI - 15


    Mettler, Sarehkhani win; Men lead after day one

    Feb. 28, 2014

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jeff Mettler defended his league 3,000-meter run title and Kevin Sarehkhani recorded his first league pole vault title during the first day of the Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The South Dakota men ended the day in first place in the team standings while the women will enter day two in third place.

    Mettler finished the 3,000 in 8 minutes, 19.85 seconds, which was a second off the record he set during last year’s league indoor championships (8:18.69). The win gave him his third career Summit League indoor championship title. The Coyotes also received points from Brant Haase’s fourth place finish in 8:26.88. Both runners will race again in the mile and the 5,000 on Saturday.

    Kevin Sarehkhani won a four-way tie in the men’s pole vault at 16 feet, 4¾ inches, topping teammate Peter Chapman and North Dakota State’s Grant Mjelstad and Andy Lillejord on attempts.  Sarehkhani did not miss until reaching the final height of 16-10¾. Chapman finished second by having his first miss at a higher height than Mjelstad and by clearing 16-4¾ on less attempts than Lillejord.

    The men’s team also recorded two more second place finishes. The distance medley team of Taylor Huseman, Jacob Roh, Mach Dojiok and Stephen Nielson placed second in 10:20.88, while Jeff O’Connell added a runner-up finish in the long jump (23-6¾) with Teivaskie Lewin placing third (23-1¼) and Connor Fitzsimmons placing seventh (21-9) in the same event.

    Denton Stephens placed fourth (61-0) and Kyle McKelvey was eighth (55-7½) in the men’s weight throw to round out the men’s scorers on Friday. In the men’s heptathlon, Josh Petersen finished day one in second place with 2,710 points.

    The USD women were led by second place finishes from Amber Eichkorn and Analisa Huschle. Eichkorn was the runner up in the 3,000 with a time of 9:44.59, while Katie Wetzstein was third in that event in 9:50.97. Huschle was second in the women’s long jump with a mark of 19-0¾.

    In a lap shortened race, the USD women’s distance medley team of Britni Waller, Lindsey Montileaux, DeAsia Garrett and Jilanne Doom added a fourth place finish in 11:34.98, while Briquelle Bowden rounded out the women’s scorers on Friday with a seventh in the pentathlon (3,057 points).

    Several Coyotes will compete for titles on the track on Saturday after making it past Friday’s prelims. The men will have five in the men’s 200 finals field (Brandon Kovash, Christian Nielsen, Erik Hill, Jack Thony and O’Connell), four in the 800 finals (Casey Shade, Huseman, Dojiok, Neilson), three in the 60-meter finals (Kovash, Thony and Luke Worden), and two in the men’s 60-meter hurdles final (Lewin and Hill).

    The women will have four in the 60-meter hurdles final (Tansha Clarke, Ashley Thompson, Molly Ervin and Ali Meister) and two in both the 400 finals (Amber Ewers and Garrett) and 200 finals (Huschle and Ravan Kott).  Huschle also qualified for the 60-meter finals.

    In the team standings, the men will enter day two in the lead with 68 points, with North Dakota State in second at 65 points and SDSU in third with 26. The USD women will enter day two in third place with 30 points. Full league standings can be found below.

    The championships will resume Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the men’s heptathlon. Field events will resume at 10:30 a.m. and track events will restart at noon.

    Men’s standings (5 events scored)
    1.  South Dakota – 68
    2.  North Dakota State – 65
    3.  South Dakota State – 26
    4.  Western Illinois – 22
    5.  IUPUI – 8

    Women’s standings (5 events scored)
    1.  North Dakota State – 65
    2.  Omaha – 34
    3.  South Dakota – 30
    4.  South Dakota State – 24
    5.  Fort Wayne – 20
    6.  Western Illinois – 14
    7.  IUPUI - 7


    USD looks for titles at Summit League Indoor Championships

    Feb. 27, 2014

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. - South Dakota's men's track and field team will look to repeat last year's championship performance while the women's team looks to improve on their third-place finish a year ago at the Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse starting on Friday. 

    "We're excited and ready to roll," said Lucky Huber, Director of Track and Field/Cross County and the head women's track coach.  "We packed up our healthy athletes and hope to turn in some strong performances this weekend."

    The men return five of their six champions from a year ago, including last year's Indoor Track Championship MVP Jeff Mettler and Newcomer of the Championship Chris Nielsen. The Coyote men rank first in 10 of the 17 events on the schedule and second in four of the remaining seven. 

    Two Coyote men lead the league in three events, with Mettler leading in the mile (4 minutes, 6.17 seconds), the 3,000 (8:16.69) and the 5,000 (14.07.71) while Tevaiske Lewin leads in the 60-meter hurdles (7.95), 200 (21.68) and the long jump (24 feet, 0 ¼ inches).  Cody Snyder leads the shot put (59-5), Nielson leads the 400 (48.55) and both USD relay teams (4x400 and distance medley) round out the Coyote men's league leaders.

    The women will bring two field athletes that are ranked in the top-five in Division I. Emily Grove set the top pole vault mark in Division I last weekend at the USATF Indoor Championships by vaulting 14 feet, 9½ inches, while Megan Glisar ranks third in D-I after placing third in the high jump at the same meet with a mark of 6-0¾.

    Outside of Glisar and Grove on the women's side, Katie Wetzstein rounds out the USD women's league leaders by being the top runner in the 3,000 (9:40.70).

    Four more women enter the league championships ranking second in events.  Amber Eichkorn is second in the 5,000 (16:59.57), Tansha Clarke is second in 60-meter hurdles (8.81), Ashley Thompson is second in the triple jump and Danielle Waldner ranks second in the shot put (47-7¾).

    The two-day meet will begin with the women's pentathlon at 9:30 a.m. The Summit League will crown men's and women's champions in eight events and the men's pole vault champion on Friday.

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