VERMILLION, SD — South Dakota won eight events Saturday at the USD Early Bird, with the day at the Lillibridge Track Complex capped by a top-10 mark in the national women’s pole vault standings.
First-year student Marleen Mulla clinched victory in the women’s pole vault at the end of the night by beating 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 event’s top five marks. Second year students Jaidyn Garrett and Cassidy Mooneyhan took second and third place respectively with a clearance of 13-3 ¾ (4.06m). Fourth year junior Deidra Marison finished fifth.
From the end of the encounter to the first event, South Dakota’s list of personal bests was plentiful. Fourth year junior Jessie Sullivan won the men’s discus for the competition’s first title. He threw the discus with a personal best 186-0 ¾ (56.71m) for third place in USD program history. While Sullivan’s fourth pitch was the farthest in the competition, he was four pitches beyond his previous PR. The new brand leads the Summit League this season. Fifth year seniors Matt Slagus and Jackson Coker took fourth and fifth place respectively in the peloton.
The Coyotes clocked the three fastest times in the women’s 400-meter hurdles this afternoon with a podium sweep in the race. First-year student Moe Bridgen crossed the finish line in 1:00.48 for another league-leading time. Second year Jacky Pulse was second in 1:00.56 and fifth year senior Holly Gerberding was third in 1:00.87. Bridgen and Pulse ranked fifth and sixth respectively in USD’s career rankings.
Second year Erin Kinney led from band to band in the 100 metres, improving his outdoor record in the event to 11.75 seconds. She leads the Summit in the 100 meters this season and moved up to seventh in USD history as of today.
Third year of second year Helene Gould improved on his league-leading steeplechase time by winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a season best time of 10:55.71.
The USD clinched the top two spots in the men’s 200 meters. Second year Francois Demar took the tape in 21.23 seconds. Third year of second year Dylan Kautz posted a time of 21.45 seconds for second place. Kautz was also second in the 100 meters in 10.61 seconds.
Third year of second year Lydia Knapp threw a personal best 198-11 (60.63m) on his second hammer throw. The brand topped the pack on Saturday and ranks second in USD program history.
Recent Coyote Graduate Zack Anderson won 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.
First-year student Danii Anglin jumped a best outdoor height of 5-10 (1.78m) to finish second in the women’s high jump. The height ranks third in the history of the USD program. Third year of second year Carly Haring ranked third in 5-8 ¾ (1.75m)
With a personal best day in throws, sophomore year three Meredith Clark finished second in shot put and discus. Clark improved his best shot put just over an inch, throwing it 47-2 ½ (14.39m), which ranks him seventh in USD history. She also sent the disc a personal best 159-4 (48.57m) for sixth place in USD history. Fourth year junior Josephine Starner took fifth in the shot put and Knapp was fifth in the discus.
Kinney added a second place finish in the 200 meters to her 100m title. She clocked 24.67 seconds with a negative wind reading. First-year student Anna Robinson took fourth place.
Third year of second year Ella Byer finished hard in the women’s 1,500 meters to finish second in 4:37.01. Second year Abrielle Jirele finished just two seconds off fourth place.
Sullivan finished second in the men’s hammer throw, throwing it 195-8 (59.63m). Slagus was third in 193-10 (59.09m) and fourth-year junior Elder Kaden achieved a personal best of 185-0 (56.38m). Elder remains ninth in USD program history.
Third year of second year charlie babcock crossed the finish line in third place in the 5,000 meters, with 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 second in fourth grade Haley Arens finished just behind in fourth position.
Three freshmen added top-five performances in their tests. Averi Schmeichel finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (14.22 seconds), Renee Brummels finished fourth in the triple jump (37-7 ¾, 11.47m), Caelyn Valandra-Prue was fifth in the 400 meters (57.54 seconds).
South Dakota travels to Wichita, Kansas for the KT Woodman Classic next week. Multi-event action kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.