Colleges – South Dakota

Coyotes Release 2019 Volleyball Schedule

USD To Host Iowa & Wyoming

VERMILLION, S.D. – A home match with Iowa and seven other teams that finished the 2018 season in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI rankings highlight South Dakota volleyball’s 2019 schedule released Monday by head coach Leanne Williamson.   The Coyotes will host a tournament inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for the second-straight season. Three road tournaments and…

Sky is the Limit for USD Junior Chris Nilsen

Sky is the Limit for USD Junior Chris Nilsen

VERMILLION, SD…In a sport that’s all about raising the bar, reaching new heights can be difficult for Chris Nilsen since he keeps going over them. “I think now that my PR is kinda getting up there it’s going to be harder and harder to try and break that.” USD Junior Chris Nilsen says. Setting the bar at national championships in…

Nilsen, Miles Reflect on Another Pole Vault Title

Nilsen, Miles Reflect on Another Pole Vault Title

VERMILLION, SD… Chris Nilsen is back in Vermillion after defending his NCAA Pole Vault title last Wednesday night in Austin, TX.  Mondo Duplantis of LSU, who turned pro Monday was the favorite to win after jumping 19′ 8″. But the USD junior clinched his 3rd overall title (1 indoor) when he cleared 19′ 4-1/4″ and eventually when 2 inches higher…

USD’s Hammer Earns All-American Honors, Anderson 17th In High Jumps At Nationals

Coyotes Wrap Up Season At NCAA Track & Field Championships

AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota natives Ben Hammer and Zack Anderson wrapped up the 2019 NCAA Championships for the Coyotes on Friday evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium.   In his final meet as a Coyote, Hammer garnered his first career All-America accolade. He finished 11th in the field for second-team All-America. His best mark came on his first throw of the…

Nilsen Kept Focus On His Vault & Not Duplantis To Pull Off Win

USD Junior Wins Third Overall National Title

AUSTIN, TX  —  Much of the track community is still buzzing about Chris Nilsen’s National Championship Pole Vault victory on Wednesday. Though Chris was the defending champion, the expectation was that LSU’s Mondo Duplantis would take the title after the freshman phenom had set an NCAA record with a vault of 19 feet, 8 and a quarter inches.  Duplantis had…

USD’s Helen Falda Finishes 7th In Pole Vault

Earns All-American Honors

AUSTIN, Texas—South Dakota junior pole vaulter Helen Falda picked up her fifth career All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Lara Boman capped off her career in the hammer throw on Thursday evening as well.   Falda jumped 14 feet, 3 ¼ inches, to garner her second…

Nilsen Defends NCAA Pole Vault Championship in Record Performance

Nilsen Defends NCAA Pole Vault Championship in Record Performance

AUSTIN, Texas—Records were meant to be broken. South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen came out on top in the toughest NCAA pole vault competition in history, going on to break his own NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet record – twice – in the process on Wednesday evening. Nilsen ultimately came away with his third national title with a personal…

Coyotes Can’t Crack Bison In Summit League Softball Tournament Championship

USD Loses 6-0 & 3-1

FARGO, N.D.—With senior Summit Player of the Year KK Leddy roughed up by South Dakota Friday, North Dakota State coach Darren Mueller handed the ball to freshman pitcher Paige Vargas and she delivered. Twice.   Vargas, with solid defense behind her, limited the Coyotes to one run in 14 innings of work in leading North Dakota State to its sixth…

USD’s Kerr and Peterson Win Titles at Summit League Track & Field Championships

USD's Kerr and Peterson Win Titles at Summit League Track & Field Championships

MACOMB, Ill. –Event champions were crowned, and student-athletes now look to defend their 2018 titles after the second day of The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships comes to an end Thursday inside Hanson Field.   After seven events scored the North Dakota State men enter the final day of the championships with 150 points—88 points ahead of South…

SUMMIT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT-Coyotes Cruise By Fort Wayne

USD Wins Tournament Opener 5-1

FARGO, N.D.—Alyssa Fernandez and Jessica Rogers both went deep and pitcher Dustie Durham took a shutout into the final inning of South Dakota’s 5-1 win against Purdue Fort Wayne Thursday at the Summit League Tournament hosted by North Dakota State.   The second-seeded Coyotes (32-24) advance in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament to face top-seeded North Dakota State…

Umude Won’t Transfer, Decides to Remain a Coyote

Umude Won't Transfer, Decides to Remain a Coyote

VERMILLION, SD… Three weeks ago USD’s Stanley Umude announced he was leaving the Coyotes. Despite receiving offers from some big-time programs, the sophomore announced Wednesday that he’s staying at USD. Umude was a first team All-Summit League selection after a breakout year. Here was his message on Twitter Wednesday morning. It’s been a good week for head coach Todd Lee…

USD’s Boman Wins Hammer Throw at Summit Meet

USD's Boman Wins Hammer Throw at Summit Meet

MACOMB, Ill. –A championship record and four champions crowned highlight the first day of the 2019 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday inside Hanson Field.   After two events scored the North Dakota State women enter the second day of the championships with 42 points–22 points ahead of North Dakota (20). South Dakota rounded out the scoring for…

USD’s Rogers is Player of the Week Again

USD's Rogers is Player of the Week Again

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—South Dakota senior catcher Jessica Rogers (Lincoln, Nebraska) has earned the final Summit League Player of the Week award of the season. It is the second award for Rogers in the last four weeks and her sixth weekly honor in the last two seasons. A Coyote was named Player of the Week seven times in 13 weeks this…

Jackrabbits Softball Wins Series Against Coyotes

SDSU defeated USD 14-2

BROOKINGS, S.D.- The South Dakota State Jackrabbits softball team won the series 2-1 against the Coyotes. They jumped out to a 10 run lead after two innings and would tack-on four more runs to get the win 14-2. Click the play button to watch the highlights. Categories: College Sports, Colleges – South Dakota, Colleges – South Dakota State, Sports, Sports…

USD, SDSU Split Wild Softball Doubleheader

USD, SDSU Split Wild Softball Doubleheader

BROOKINGS, S.D.—Immediately following a crushing 6-5 loss to its rival in the series opener, South Dakota got clutch performances from senior leaders Jessica Rogers and Dustie Durham in an 11-2 win at South Dakota State in the nightcap. That win locks up the No. 2 seed in the Summit League Tournament for South Dakota (31-23, 12-5 Summit). The Coyotes avoid…

AJ Plitzuweit Transfers to South Dakota

AJ Plitzuweit Transfers to South Dakota

VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota head men’s basketball coach Todd Lee is pleased to announce the addition of the 2018 South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball A.J. Plitzuweit, a transfer from Augustana. Plitzuweit, the son of Coyote women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit, was named the 2018-19 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year after…

USD’s Chris Nilsen Wins Drake Relays Invitational Pole Vault Title Amid Professional Field

Bests USATF National Champion Sam Hendricks

DES MOINES, Iowa—South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen took gold in the invitational pole vault at the 110th Drake Relays on Saturday inside Drake Stadium.   Nilsen topped Olympic medalist Sam Kendricks in head-to-head competition for the first time in his career. It marked the fifth meeting between the two with a pair of Drake Relays and a pair of U.S….