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LONG BEACH, Calif.—South Dakota captured four women’s event titles Saturday at the Beach Invitational held at Jack Rose Track.
Third-year sophomore Ella Byers took the tape in the women’s 1,500 meters in a personal best time of 4:31.00. The time ranks eighth in USD program history.
Sophomore Sara Reifenrath cruised to a win in the 400 meters with a posting of 54.40 seconds. Freshman teammate Anna Robinson clocked a time of 55.57 for ninth in the field. Robinson also moved to ninth in USD history outdoors. Robinson added a ninth-place finish in the 200 meters in 24.34 seconds.
The Coyotes took the top-two spots in the women’s high jump. Freshman Danii Anglin cleared 5-9 ¼ (1.76m) to top the field. Third-year sophomore Carly Haring tied for second with a height of 5-7 ¼ (1.71m).
South Dakota’s women’s 4×400-meter relay placed first with a time of 3:42.02. The quartet consisted of freshman Moe Bridgen, sophomore Jacy Pulse, Robinson and Reifenrath.
Joining Pulse, Robinson and Reifenrath on the women’s 4×100-meter relay was sophomore Erin Kinney. USD’s 4×100 finished runner-up in 45.89 seconds, a time just .04 of a second off their school record from earlier this season.
On the men’s side, the quartet of sophomore Virgil Steward, sophomore Demar Francis, third-year sophomore Ardell Inlay and third-year sophomore Dylan Kautz clocked 40.62 seconds for second in the 4×100-meter relay. That time moves them to fourth in USD program history.
Francis added a runner-up finish in the 200 meters in 21.17 seconds and a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 47.64 seconds.
A day after winning at the Mt. SAC Relays with a personal best performance, sophomore Jaidyn Garrett vaulted another personal best on Saturday at Long Beach. She cleared 13-9 ¾ (4.21m) to tie for second in the Beach Invitational field. The height ties her for ninth in USD program history. Freshman Marleen Mülla tied for sixth with a clearance of 13-3 ¾ (4.06m).
Sophomore Eerik Haamer and third-year sophomore Marshall Faurot tied for second in the men’s pole vault. Both cleared a height of 17-3 ½ (5.27m). Sophomore Tre Young tied for sixth with a height of 16-3 ½ (4.97m).
Sophomore Jacob Jenkins leaped a personal best of 50-0 ¾ (15.26m) in the triple jump for third place at the Beach. He becomes just the third Coyote to leap past 50 feet in the triple jump.
Coming off the relay performances, Pulse placed fourth in the open 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 1:00.11. The time ranks fourth in USD history.
Third-year sophomore Lydia Knapp took sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 194-4 (59.25m).
Fourth-year junior Jack Durst and third-year sophomore Ethan Heitman took sixth and ninth, respectively, in the high jump. Durst cleared 6-9 (2.06m) and Heitman jumped 6-7 (2.01m).
Freshman Mason Sindelar crossed the finish line in 3:53.15 for eighth in the 1,500 meters. The time moved him to 10th in USD history.
Fifth-year senior Holly Gerberding leaped 19-1 ½ (5.83m) and took ninth place in the long jump.
Fourth-year junior Jessie Sullivan took 10th in the shot put with a throw of 56-2 ½ (17.13m).
Coyote track and field returns home next weekend for the South Dakota Challenge on Friday and Saturday at Lillibridge Track Complex in Vermillion, South Dakota.
VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota captured eight events Saturday at the USD Early Bird, with the day at the Lillibridge Track Complex capped off by a top-10 nationally ranked mark in the women’s pole vault.
Freshman Marleen Mülla rolled to a victory in the women’s pole vault at the end of the night by clearing a personal best of 14-5 ½ (4.41m). Mülla’s height ranks sixth in the NCAA this season and fourth all-time in USD history.
South Dakota swept four of the top-five marks in the event. Second-year freshmen Jaidyn Garrett and Cassidy Mooneyhan took second and third, respectively, with a clearance of 13-3 ¾ (4.06m). Fourth-year junior Deidra Marrison finished fifth.
From the end of the meet to the first event, South Dakota’s list of personal record performances were abound. Fourth-year junior Jessie Sullivan captured the men’s discus for the first title of the meet. He launched the discus a personal best of 186-0 ¾ (56.71m) for third in USD program history. While Sullivan’s fourth throw was the furthest of the competition, he had four throws past his previous PR. The new mark leads the Summit League this season. Fifth-year seniors Matt Slagus and Jackson Coker took fourth and fifth in the field, respectively.
The Coyotes clocked the three-fastest times in the women’s 400-meter hurdles this afternoon with a podium sweep in the race. Freshman Moe Bridgen crossed the finish line in 1:00.48 for a new league-leading time. Sophomore Jacy Pulse took second in 1:00.56 and fifth-year senior Holly Gerberding was third in 1:00.87. Bridgen and Pulse moved to fifth and sixth, respectively, on USD’s career charts.
Sophomore Erin Kinney led from tape to tape in the 100 meters, improving her outdoor best in the event to 11.75 seconds. She leads the Summit in the 100 meters this season and moved to seventh in USD history with today’s time.
Third-year sophomore Helen Gould improved her league-leading steeple time by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best time of 10:55.71.
USD snagged the top-two spots in the men’s 200 meters. Sophomore Demar Francis took the tape in 21.23 seconds. Third-year sophomore Dylan Kautz posted a time of 21.45 seconds for runner-up. Kautz also finished runner-up in the 100 meters in 10.61 seconds.
Third-year sophomore Lydia Knapp launched a personal best of 198-11 (60.63m) on her second throw of the hammer competition. The mark topped the field Saturday and ranks second in USD program history.
Recent Coyote graduate Zack Anderson captured the high jump with a clearance of 7-1 ½ (2.17m). Fourth-year junior Jack Durst jumped 6-7 (2.01m) for fourth place.
Freshman Danii Anglin leaped an outdoor best height of 5-10 (1.78m) to finish runner-up in the women’s high jump. The height ranks third in USD program history. Third-year sophomore Carly Haring placed third in 5-8 ¾ (1.75m)
With a personal-best day in the throws, third-year sophomore Meredith Clark finished runner-up in both the shot put and discus. Clark improved her shot put best by just over an inch, launching it 47-2 ½ (14.39m), which ranks seventh in USD history. She also sent the discus a personal best 159-4 (48.57m) for sixth in USD history. Fourth-year junior Josephine Starner took fifth in the shot put and Knapp was fifth in the discus.
Kinney added a runner-up finish in the 200 meters to her 100 title. She clocked 24.67 seconds with a negative wind reading. Freshman Anna Robinson took fourth.
Third-year sophomore Ella Byers closed hard in the women’s 1,500 meters to finish runner-up in 4:37.01. Sophomore Abrielle Jirele finished just two seconds back in fourth place.
Sullivan took second in the men’s hammer throw, launching it 195-8 (59.63m). Slagus was third in 193-10 (59.09m) and fourth-year junior Kaden Elder tallied a personal best of 185-0 (56.38m). Elder remains ninth in USD program history.
Third-year sophomore Charlie Babcock crossed the finish line in third place in the 5,000 meters, clocking a time of 14:49.96.
Fifth-year senior Alli Wroblewski placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.50 and fourth-year sophomore Haley Arens finished just behind in fourth.
Three freshmen added top-five performances in their events. Averi Schmeichel was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.22 seconds), Renee Brummels was fourth in the triple jump (37-7 ¾, 11.47m), Caelyn Valandra-Prue finished fifth in the 400 meters (57.54 seconds).
South Dakota travels to Wichita, Kansas, for the K.T. Woodman Classic next week. Multi-event action kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.