The South Dakota track and field teams capped off a strong week by each finishing second at the Summit League Outdoor Championships, which concluded Saturday in Fargo, N.D. Three titles by freshman Analisa Huschle helped the Coyote women earn second with 164 points, while the men, led by a win by their 4x400 relay team, surged into second in the final standings with 133.5 points.
Huschle (Bagley, Minn.) was named the Summit League Women's Newcomer of the Championships, while Kyle McKelvey (Beresford, S.D.) was named the Summit League Men's Newcomer of the Championships after both had outstanding performances on the week.
Including sophomore Bethany Buell's pole vault win on Thursday, the Coyote women won eight titles on the week, including seven on Saturday alone. Huschle won three titles, junior Alexa Duling (Gregory, S.D.) captured two and senior Emma Ladwig (Gayville, S.D.) one, while the Coyotes' 4x100 relay also claimed a win. The Coyote men claimed two titles on the week – sophomore Jeff Mettler's steeplechase win on Friday along with their 4x400 relay win on Saturday – but displayed their depth with several strong finishes and by scoring in all 21 events.
For the Coyote women, Huschle had an outstanding day on Saturday with three individual titles, along with a runner-up finish in the long jump and being a member of the winning 4x100 relay team. She claimed the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.03, added a win in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best of 24.12 and also won the triple jump with a personal-best of 40-0 3/4. She was the final leg of the Coyotes' winning 4x100 relay team, which consisted of junior Ashley Sveum (Eau Claire, Wis.), Duling and Ladwig. That relay team won with a time of 46.63, edging the group from UMKC by .09 seconds. Huschle also took second in the long jump at 19-1 1/2. For the week, in individual events alone, Huschle accounted for 38 points, while also helping the Coyotes score 16 points in a pair of relays.
In addition to helping the 4x100 to its win, Duling also claimed two more conference titles, giving her six for her Coyote career. The junior won the 100-meter hurdles at 13.90 – setting a school record, a stadium record and a personal-best in the process. Duling also captured the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.24, setting a new stadium record.
Ladwig won her 10th individual conference championship of her career with a record-setting win in the 800 meters. She won the event with a time of 2:07.99, shattering the previous meet record by nearly four seconds.
The Coyote 4x400 relay took third at 46.76; that consisted of Sveum, Duling, Ladwig and Huschle. Senior Jasmine Mosley (Bellevue, Neb.) placed third in the discus at 159-1, while junior Gabriel Williams (Sioux City, Iowa) was fourth in the 100-meter dash at 12.19. Sveum placed fifth in the 400 meters at 56.85.
The Coyote men won a thrilling 4x400 meter relay event, edging the team from NDSU by just .33 seconds. The winning South Dakota team, which ran a time of 3:16.33, consisted of freshman Lukas Bernard (Watertown, S.D.), freshman Jeff O'Connell (Philip, S.D.), freshman Erik Hill (Tea, S.D.) and junior Casey Shade (Hartford, S.D.).
South Dakota had an excellent showing in the discus Saturday, scoring 19 points with athletes taking second, third and fourth. Sophomore Cody Snyder (Lake Andes, S.D.) was second in the event at 165-8, with senior Kyle Wheeler (Omaha, Neb.) taking third at 165-7, less than three inches away from a personal-best. McKelvey, who had taken second in the shot put earlier in the week, was fourth at 164-11.
In addition to being part of the winning 4x400 relay team, Shade had strong finishes in both the 400 and 800. Shade took second in the 800 meters at 1:51.08 and was third in the 400 meters at 48.01.
Senior Jared Clement (Le Mars, Iowa) had a strong day in the sprints with a pair of top-four finishes. He was second in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.51, and took fourth in the 100-meter dash at 10.83.
Hill added a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best of 14.79 and was seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at 54.03. The Coyotes' 4x100 relay was third at 41.54; that consisted of senior Tim Brown (Rapid City, S.D.), junior Brandon Kovash (Harrisburg, S.D.), Clement and junior Michael Burrus (Papillion, Neb.).
Junior Kyle Ballew (West Hills, Calif.) was fourth in the pole vault at 15-11 1/4, while senior Chad Pinkelman (Norfolk, Neb.) was fourth in the triple jump at 46-7 1/4.