The University of South Dakota track and field squad has gone through some long and rigorous practices over the past few days.
These practices are leading up to a big three-day stretch for the team, which starts off at the DakotaDome tomorrow for the Bill Hillenbrand meet.
Women’s head track and field coach Lucky Huber said the meet on Thursday will be a great opportunity for everyone to participate and for the coaches to see where everyone is at.
“We are going to get in and compete with every other school,” Huber said. “It’s all about getting better and that’s exactly what we hope is going to happen.”
The Coyotes last meet was on Jan. 28 in Ames, Iowa for the Bill Bergan Invite. The Coyotes had a strong showing in their events with the women placing third and the men seventh.
Men’s track and field head coach Dave Gottlesben was pleased with how his team performed.
“During our last meet I thought we really meshed and became a team.” Gottlesben said. “We have a lot of new athletes and I think we competed well.”
USD’s men team has been led by a plethora of people this year. In the field events senior Chad Pinkelman (jumps) and sophomore Cody Snyder (throws) have really stood out. Some of the leaders for the Coyotes runners have been senior Jeremy Blount (sprints), junior Michael Burrus (sprints), junior Casey Shade (middle distance), and sophomore Jeff Mettler (long distance).
Coach Gottlesben said he is very happy with the leadership his athletes have shown.
“All of our athletes have been competing and helping each other out,” Gottlesben said. “We’ve had some great leadership all around.”
Everyone will be running at the Bill Hillenbrand meet on Thursday and most will try to qualify for a chance to run at Friday and Saturday’s meet in Lincoln, Nebraska for the Frank Sevigne – UNL Invite.
Coach Huber said his athletes are going to have to bring their “A” game to the meet on Thursday in order to qualify for the weekend event.
“It’s going to be tough but I know they will be up for the task,” Huber said. “We have lots of great kids on our team, with five or six having PB’s (personal best’s) last week, so I hope that continues.”
The Coyotes have a long season ahead of them so expect them to stay focused and continue improving, with new athletes
continuing to impress.
“We have different people step up every week,” Huber said. “It’s the great part of out team.”