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MUNCIE, Ind. – Five Coyotes and a relay team recorded wins while two USD freshmen swept the Newcomer of the Championship awards for the second-straight year at the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.  Both teams finished second in the final standings.

The Coyote men finished with 168 points, while the women finished with 154.5 points.  North Dakota State won both titles, with the men accumulating 249 points and the women recording 241.5 points.

Alexa Duling defended her 400-meter hurdles league title with a league record time of 58.59 seconds.  She broke the previous record of 59.49 that Whitney Carlson of NDSU set in 2010.  Duling also added a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.12.

In men’s field events, freshman Peter Chapman won the pole vault with a season-best vault of 16 feet, 8 inches.  The freshman topped second-place Jesse Morrow of NDSU at 16-4 and USD teammate Kevin Sarehkhani in third at 15-6¼. 

Cody Snyder added a victory in the discus with a throw of 184-1, topping NDSU’s Blake Nelson in second by over 18 feet (165-5).  USD’s Kyle McKelvey finished fifth in the event at 156-7.

On the track, Michael Burrus won the men’s 100 in a career-best time of 10.62, while Brandon Kovash finished fifth in 10.84. In the 200, freshman Christian Nielsen took the title in 21.49 with Burrus placing fourth in 21.71.  Burrus, Nielsen, Kovash and Erik Hill combined to add a win in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.92.

Nielsen, who also added a fourth in the 400 in 49.17 and was part of the 4x400 relay team that finished fourth in 3:17.48, was named the Men’s Newcomer of the Championship.  Over four events, Nielsen scored or helped score 30 of the Coyote men’s 168 points. 

USD freshman Meghan Dennis claimed the women’s Newcomer of the Championship honor after setting a new league record in the javelin (157-10) on Thursday and placing sixth in the discus on Saturday (147-6).  It was the second-straight year USD swept the Newcomer of the Championship awards, with McKelvey and Analisa Huschle earning the honors last year.

Outside of the winners, three women and four men recorded top-five finishes.  For the women, Breanna Janovy was third in the discus at 154-3, Rachel Weinandt was fourth in the 800 in 2:16.48 and Tess Johnson was fifth in the triple jump at 37-10¾.

The women’s 4x400 relay team placed second in 3:48.30 and women’s 4x100 relay team finished fifth in 46.85 to round out the USD women’s top finishers.

Cody Linder finished third in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 47-5, Hill placed third in the 400 hurdles (53.20) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.53), Jeff Mettler was fourth in the 1500 (3:56.33) and Bernard Lukas was fifth in the 400 hurdles to round out the men’s top-five finishes.

USD will next be in action at the NCAA Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, starting on May 23.

-Courtesy USD Athletics

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MUNCIE, Ind. – On the final day of The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships the Jackrabbit women showed a team effort from start to finish. Brooke Garner added to her hammer throw title with a discus throw on Saturday.

 

It felt like 2011 for Brooke Garner on Saturday after she won the discus. Garner won the event with her mark of 168’ 8.00”. At the 2011 Summit League Outdoor Championships, Garner won both the hammer and the discus throws. With her win on Saturday, Garner has 32 career victories as a Jackrabbit. During the 2013 outdoor season she won seven events.

 

Meghan Lambert was the lone Jackrabbit to compete in the triple jump. Lambert placed sixth with her jump of 34’ 4.75”.

 

The 4x100-meter dash had one of most exciting finishes on the day. In the final 50 meters of the race, Carly Carper who was running as the anchor for the Jacks was on pace to finish fifth. Carper was able to overcome a three-meter deficit to pass Omaha and South Dakota. The Jacks clocked in at 46.51, which is an improvement of their time of 46.71 that was set at the Drake Relays. Gina Fritz, Ashley Odegaard, Megan Bren were the three other Jackrabbits to make up the team.

 

In the 1,500-meter run, three Jackrabbits found the top-ten. Tera Potts finished in 4:43.26 to place to fifth, Laura Lawton was less than a second behind Potts to finish sixth (4:43.76). In ninth was Brooke Peterson who ran a time of 4:48.51.

 

Bren also ran the 400-meter dash and placed seventh with a time of 57.20.

 

After running a time of 11.81 on Friday, Carper was unable to capture or at least tie the school record on Saturday. In the 100-meter dash, Carper finished third overall with her time of 11.92.

 

Bren and Carper also ran in the 200-meter dash. Bren placed seventh (24.89) and Carper took eighth (25.62).

 

South Dakota State was well represented in the 800-meter run; the Jacks had five runners in the race. Krista Creager was the top finisher for the Jacks with her time of 2:16.52. Creager placed fifth in the event. The Jackrabbits had the other four runners finish eighth through 11th. Jessica Eibs took eighth (2:17.11), McLaury finished in ninth (2:17.11), Anderson claimed tenth (2:21.95) and in 11th was Karley Konkol (2:23.95).

 

Lori Foltz finished in 1:05.19 in the 400-meter hurdles. Foltz took seventh in the event.

In the 5,000-meter run, Erin Hargens and Courtney Neubert were the two runners representing SDSU. Hargens finished ninth with her time 17:48.41 and Neubert claimed 11th

The final event on the day for the Jacks was the 4x400-meter relay. SDSU placed fifth overall with a time of 3:51.13. The team was comprised for Fritz, Jessica McDonald, Odegaard and Bren.

 

-Courtesy SDSU Athletics

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