Coyote men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to UC Irvine to compete in the Spring Break Classic March 15 and 16. The Coyotes captured first place in six events at The Anteater Stadium.
USD pole vaulters took care of business, claiming the top three spots in both the men’s and women’s events. Freshman Deidra Marrison won the women’s event with 13-7 ¼. Sophomore Landon Kemp came in second place at 13-3 ½ and senior Kimmy Peterson claimed third at the same height. All three vaulters slid into the USD top-10 all time.
“I tried to use the meet to work on technique. The team did very well, there were personal records and several great performances,” Peterson said.
On the men’s side junior Chris Nilsen took first with a vault of 17-5, and fellow junior Ethan Bray finished second with 16-7 ¼. Senior Kaleb Ellis rounded out the top three with a height of 15-1 ½.
Senior Ben Hammer brought home first in the discus with a toss of 185 feet, 3 inches securing his first outdoor season win. Following behind with a third-place finish, junior Kino Dunkley threw the discus 173-7 moving up to sixth place in the Coyote top-10.
The hammer throw brought home two more USD victories from senior duo Ethan Fenchel and Lara Bowman.
Sophomore Callie Henrich claimed second place in shot put. She launched the weight 46-11 ¾.
“I did okay, things could have been better but they also could have been a lot worse. It was a good opener, considering most of the event we competed in we only got to throw for real outside the day before,” Henrich said.
Junior Samara Spencer placed first in the triple jump with a bound of 39-4.
The Coyote women’s 4×100 relay finished runner-up with a time of 46.64 seconds.
The team also used the meet to work on team chemistry, Henrich said.
“Our team bonding was pairing up with another person on the team we didn’t know and going through a series of questions to get to know each other and spend time with one another. Most of these pairs spent more than the bare minimal question time. I think many of us ended up really appreciating another member of the team and what they do, and came away with another friend,” Henrich said.
The Coyotes next track and field meet will be the Wildcat Classic in Wayne, Neb. this weekend.