Track & Field

      Bethany Firsick
    Bethany Firsick


    St. Louis, Mo.

    High School:
    Rockwood Summit HS


    Pole Vault


    Eight champions, two meet records on day one in Sioux City

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa--South Dakota junior Kyle McKelvey broke a 16-year record in winning the shot put and the Coyotes' 400-meter relay team broke a 24-year record to highlight South Dakota performances on day one of the Sioux City Relays hosted by Olsen Stadium on the campus of Morningside College. Saturday's running events begin at 8 a.m. with field events to start at 9 a.m.


    Miles named regional assistant coach of the year

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--South Dakota's Derek Miles was named Midwest Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).


    Miles, Mills return to Reno for National Pole Vault Summit

    Vermillion, S.D.-Thousands of pole vaulters, from junior high kids to Olympians, will congregate at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., this weekend. Among them will be USD assistant coach Derek Miles and the South Dakota pole vault crew.


    Congrats Graduates!

    Congrats Graduates


    Dennis finishes 20th at NCAA championships

    EUGENE, Ore. - South Dakota freshman thrower Meghan Dennis finished 20th in the javelin throw on Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

    Career Bests
    Pole Vault: 14'7 1/2" (2013)

    Became USD's first Division I national champion by winning the pole vault at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., with a height of 14-7¼. The height tied the NCAA Outdoor Championship record...First-Team All-American at both outdoor and indoor NCAA Championships... named to Capital One Academic All-America women's track and field first team...named USTFCCCA Scholar Field Athlete of the Year...named Summit League Outdoor Athlete of the Year for the second straight season...had best vault in the nation with a 14-7½ at the Texas Relays. The mark was a new personal record, broke her previous school record and set a new meet record...missed most of the outdoor season with torn ligament in left shoulder...placed sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with vault of 14-1¼...won Summit League Indoor title with school record, league record and DakotaDome record height of 14-5½... All-Summit League selection at both the indoor and outdoor championships...was chosen as USD's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and the female Outstanding Junior Athlete of the Year...named Academic All-Summit League for the indoor season...named to Summit League Academic Honor Roll with Distinguished Scholar status...named to Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.

    Continued to progress as one of the nation's premier pole vaulters...joined teammate Emily Grove as the first South Dakota athletes to earn All-American First-Team status at Division I national meet...recorded a school record pole vault of 14-5 1/4 to finish third at NCAA National Championships (6/6/12), which is highest finish by Coyote athlete at Division I national meet...competed at U.S. Olympic Trials in pole vault, finishing 15th...broke pole vault record three times on the season. ..two-time Summit League Athlete of the Week...won the Summit League Outdoor Championship in the pole vault, setting a meet record of 14-0 ½ (5/10/12)...won the pole vault at six meets during the season, including at Long Beach State Invitational (4/21), where she set a then-school record of 14-3 1/2...named to the Summit League's Distinguished Scholar list...redshirted during indoor season...named to the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.

    Became first Coyote to qualify for NCAA National Championships, doing so in the pole vault...finished 13th in at the nationals and earned Second-Team All-America honors...finished with two All-Great West Conference honors, winning the pole vault at both the indoor and outdoor conference meets...received award for top women's performance at GWC Indoor after setting meet record of 13-6 1/4...also set GWC Outdoor meet record with a time of 13-7 1/2...set school outdoor record in the pole vault at Howard Wood Relays (13-9 1/2)...set school indoor record of 13-7 1/4 at ISU Classic...named Great West Conference Female Athlete of the Week a team-best three times...named to Great West Academic All-Conference team in indoor and outdoor track...named to Academic All-District second team.

    Earned one All-Great West honor...won the pole vault at the GWC Indoor Championships...broke the school record in the event twice...posted a season-best 13-3 at the Alumni Meet (1/23)...named the GWC Athlete of the Month for January....named GWC Athlete of the Week twice during the season...redshirted the outdoor season.

    Two-time state champion in the pole vault for Coach Christopher Moore at Rockwood Summit High School...posted a vault of 12-2 as a senior to capture the 2009 state title with a Class 4 and school record...started the season with a personal best jump of 12-6 and a division win at the prestigious National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada...also named the South Suburban Athlete of the Year and St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete as a senior...won state as a junior with a vault of 11-9 and placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles...finished third in the state as a sophomore with a jump of 11-6...posted personal bests of 15.24 in the 100-meter hurdles, 34-10 in the triple jump and 5-0 in the high jump...also a member of the school record 4x100-meter relay team...won varsity letters in track, dance and diving.

    Daughter of Bill and Kerry Buell...majoring in psychology with a minor in athropology.

    THUR-SAT, APRIL 17-19
    USD is competing at the Mt. SAC Relays
    Walnut, Calif. Results
    • Eichkorn: 2nd in women's 10,000 open, 35:00.46 (USD record)
    • Wilkes: 1st in women's pole vault section B, 13-7.25
    • McKelvey: 3rd in men's shot put open, 57-8.5
    USD is competing at the CSULA Twilight
    Los Angeles, Calif. Results
    • Valind: 2nd in men's discus, 175-10
    • Frank: 2nd in men's high jump, 6-8
    • O'Connell: 3rd in men's LJ,23-4.25
    • Thompson: 3rd in women's TJ, 39-1.25
    USD is competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational
    Azusa, Calif. Results
    • Valind: 2nd in men's discus, 157-9
    • Dennis: 7th in women's discus, 148-1
    • Frank: 8th in men's high jump, 6-5.5
    USD is competing at the Long Beach Invite
    Norwalk, Calif. Results
    • Firsick: 1st in women's pole vault, 13-5.75
    • Waldner: 2nd in women's shot put, 48-0.75
    • McKelvey: 4th in men's shot put, 56-3.75
    FRI-SAT, APRIL 11-12
    USD is competing at the Sioux City Relays
    Sioux City, Iowa Results
    • USD: 17 event winners (2 relays, 15 indiv.)
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    USD is hosting the USD Snowbird.
    Yankton, S.D. Results
    • Jeff O'Connell: 1st in long jump and 200, 2nd in 100
    • Katie Wetzstein: 1st in 1,500, 2nd in 800
    • Amber Eichkorn: 1st in 5,000, 2nd in 1,500

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