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Eight champions, two meet records on day one in Sioux City


SIOUX CITY, IA (KWSN) —South Dakota junior Kyle McKelvey broke a 16-year record in winning the shot put and the Coyotes’ 400-meter relay team broke a 24-year record to highlight South Dakota performances on day one of the Sioux City Relays hosted by Olsen Stadium on the campus of Morningside College. Saturday’s running events begin at 8 a.m. with field events to start at 9 a.m.

McKelvey’s throw of 60 feet, 4.5 inches was seven feet clear the field of 25. The mark is 25th best in the nation and it beat Steve Schmidt’s Relays record set back in 1998.

Junior Jeff O’Connell, sophomore Teivaskie Lewin, junior Erik Hill and sophomore Christian Nielsen teamed to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 40.96s. It bested the time of 41.28s set by North Dakota State in 1990.

Hill went on to win the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.76s. He and Lewin both qualified for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles.

Other notable USD performances are listed below:

Megan Glisar, who is redshirting this outdoor season, competed unattached and won the high jump with a height of 5-9.25. She took three shots at 6-0 before bowing out to an ovation.

Senior Denton Stephens won the hammer throw with a toss of 188-6. It beat a field of 35 competitors and is the 20th-best throw in the nation thus far. McKelvey took third in the event with a mark of 168-11.

The Coyotes swept the top four spots of the women’s discus throw. Senior Breanna Janovy won the event with a throw of 156-5, which ranks 30th nationally. Sophomores Elysa Reinke (142-11), Meghan Dennis (142-0) and Kayla Lester (140-7) rounded out the top four.

South Dakota placed three in the top four of the women’s pole vault. Sophomore Hunter Wilkes won the event by clearing 13-5.75, which moves her into 21st place nationally. She took three shots at 13-10 to end the event. Freshman Emily Brigham (12-11.75) and sophomore Madison Mills (12-6) took third and fourth, respectively. Senior Bethany Firsick pulled out of the event with tightness in her leg.

Senior Tansha Clarke (15.34s) and redshirt freshman Ashley Thompson (15.35s) both qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Clarke was fourth and Thompson sixth in the preliminaries.

Freshman Courtney Albrecht will compete in the finals of the 100-meter dash. Albrecht’s qualifying time was 13.17s.

Sophomore Katie Wetzstein finished third in the 800-meter run. Wetzstein shaved nearly five seconds off her season-best time and finished in 2:12.65.

Graduate assistant Kenna Wolter pieced together a good series of leaps in the women’s triple jump. Her best jump was 42-6.25, which topped the field of 21 by more than six feet.

Courtesy: University of South Dakota