Both the USD men’s and women’s track and field teams swept South Dakota State at the dual meet in at the Lillibridge Track Complex Saturday.
The Coyotes took 21 total events, including 11 of 16 field events, to take the win by a score of 104-87 for women’s and 99-92 for men’s.
Senior Emily Grove led the Coyotes. She set the Duals meet record with a pole vault clearing 14-7 1/4 to win the women’s pole vault. Grove is second in the nation. Senior teammates Emily Brigham and Hunter Wilkes rounded out the top three, respectively, by clearing jumps of 13-7 3/4.
On the track, the women’s 4×100-meter relay of sophomore Karina Dufoe, senior Shanice Cannigan, freshman Samara Spencer and freshman Tasheka Gordon broke the duals record with a time of 46.32 seconds. The time ranks third in USD history.
Along with the relay, Spencer also took three individual events on the day after winning the long jump, triple jump and the 100-meter.
There were 27 total Duals records broken on the day, 20 of which were set by the Coyotes.
The Coyotes and Jacks partnered with the River City Domestic Violence Center to raise awareness at the meet. There was a booth for spectators to visit, an educational video that played and athletes wore turquoise armbands in support of the cause.
Junior Gawain Williams said he thought it was necessary to draw attention to an important cause.
“It’s good to get these things out to the public and show them we care,” he said.
They Coyotes hit the road over Easter Recess competing in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Long Beach California, followed by the Mt. SAC relays the next day and the Long Beach Invitational on Saturday.