VERMILLION — Two of the top men’s high jumpers in South Dakota program history are both on the 2019 roster with each excelling as the season progresses. Senior Zack Anderson highlighted the Coyotes in action at the 2019 Dakota Realty Alumni Meet by clearing 7 feet, 3 ¾ inches, to break the DakotaDome and school records.
Anderson cleared 7-3 ¾ on an impressive first attempt, improving his own USD program record by half an inch. The mark also broke a 12-year-old DakotaDome record previously held by Minnesota State’s Jim Dilling. Following in Anderson’s footsteps is freshman Jack Durst with back-to-back weeks of new personal bests. After surpassing the 7-foot barrier last week, he leaped 7-2 ½ on Saturday to rank second in South Dakota program history. Prior to this season, no USD athlete had jumped above 7-2.
The Coyote tandem both rank in the NCAA’s top-15 this season.
The other USD program record to fall at the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet was in the men’s weight throw. Senior Ethan Fenchel launched the weight 68-3 ¼ to break his own school record by eight inches.
Junior Chris Nilsen matched his season-best mark of 18-8 ¼ in the men’s pole vault.
On the women’s side of the vertical jumps, junior Helen Falda took first in the women’s pole vault with a height of 13-9 ¼.
Senior Ben Hammer launched the shot past 60 feet for the second time of his career and this season. He won the shot put in 60-2 ½.
Sophomore Macy Heinz clocked an indoor best of 2:12.72 to capture the 800 meters. She ranks seventh in USD program history. On the men’s side, senior Eldon Warner won in 1:55.06.
South Dakota’s lone triple-winner of the day was junior Britny Kerr. Kerr took first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.84 seconds, the high jump in 5-5 and the triple jump in 37-3.
Adding her own pair of event titles was junior Samara Spencer. Spencer led a Coyote sweep in the 60 meters with a time of 7.63 seconds. She also won the long jump in 17-9 ½.
Senior Megan Billington cruised to a season-best time of 9:44.90 in winning the 3,000 meters.
South Dakota swept the men’s and women’s 200 meters, with junior Tasheka Gordon winning the women’s race in 25.53 seconds and freshman Collin Brison winning the men’s race in 22.56 seconds.
Senior Joe Reagan added a first-place finish in the 60 meters in 6.90 seconds.
The Coyotes also swept the men’s and women’s 400 meters. Sophomore Aleksi Rosler clocked 50.08 seconds for the men’s victory, while sophomore Danielle Thompson finished in 59.17 seconds to win the women’s race.
Sophomore Kallo Arno won the men’s one mile run with a clocking of 4:28.17.
In other area action from Saturday’s meet, Wayne State’s Cade Kalkowski (Niobrara, Nebraska) finished second in the men’s weight throw (65-11.75), which ranks seventh in Division II.
South Dakota splits its squad between two meets next weekend. The Coyotes will compete at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., in addition to the SDSU Classic in Brookings.
DWU Alumni Meet
MITCHELL — The Mount Marty College men’s track duo of Paul Paul and Jonah Rechtenbaugh continued their record-setting starts to the season with more strong performances at Saturday’s Dakota Wesleyan Alumni Meet in Mitchell.
Rechtenbaugh won the 400-meter dash in a fieldhouse record time of 48.94, which was also an ‘A’ standard qualifying time for the NAIA National Meet. Rechtenbaugh was also runner-up in the 200-meter dash (22.51).
Paul captured titles in the 60-meter dash (6.94) and 200-meter dash (22.44). Dewayne Robinson finished fourth in the 400 (50.96) and fifth in the 200 (22.95).
The 1600-meter relay quartet of Robinson, Rechtenbaugh, Seth Wiebelhaus and Paul finished second in a time of 3:22.49.
Also for the Lancer men, Devin Millen was third in the high jump, Mason Schlunsen was third in the 600-meter run (1:24.88), Joey Callan was fourth in the long jump, Wiebelhaus was fifth in the 600 (1:26.87), Logan Peterson took fifth in the 800-meter run (2:05.56) and Brian Santiago was fifth in the 5,000-meter run (16:19.42).
On the women’s side, Mount Marty’s Kiana Hoff won the 600-meter run (1:39.02).