USD’s track and field teams competed and won multiple events on both the men’s and women’s side in the Sioux City Relays Friday held at Elwood Olsen Stadium.
The Coyote women’s team won 11 events while the men’s team won seven. USD senior Zack Anderson and redshirt-junior Holly Gerberding were awarded the meets MVP honors.
Anderson won the high jump event and set a new Sioux City Relays record after clearing a height of 7 feet ¼ inch. This meet record comes just one week after Anderson cleared the Olympic qualifying standard of 7 feet 5 inches in the South Dakota Challenge.
Gerberding was the only athlete at the Sioux City Relays to win two individual events. She captured victories in both the women’s long jump and the 400-meter hurdles. Gerberding won the long jump with a jump of 18 feet 9¾ inches. In the 400-meter hurdles, she grabbed another win and posted a personal best time of 1:01.95.
Another meet record was broke by USD’s Jonna Bart, who recorded a time of 10:36.31 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bart crossed the finish line 47 seconds before the second-place finisher in Friday’s race and broke the previous meet record set by Augustana’s Kyle Blakeslee by more than 5 seconds.
USD Freshman Erin Kinney placed first in the women’s 100-meter dash. Kinney also led off for the Coyotes 4×100 meter relay that won the event with a time of 47.51 seconds. Freshman Sarah Reifenrath anchored the winning 4×100 relay team and captured an individual title in the 200-meter dash.
Freshman Ella Byers edged out USD teammate Helen Gould to win the women’s 5000-meter run. In the 800-meter run, Junior Alli Wroblewski narrowly defeated Morningside’s Emalee Fundermann to capture another first-place finish for the Coyotes. Senior Kamberlyn Lamer helped the Coyote women sweep the hurdle events by winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.48 seconds.
The Coyote women also recorded victories in two of Friday’s field events. Freshman Carly Haring won the women’s high jump with a height of 5 feet 9 ¼ inches. USD finished top three in the women’s pole vault, with Helen Falda finishing first, followed by Gennifer Hirata in second and Deidra Marrison in third.
On the men’s side, the Coyotes finished top three in the 100-meter dash. Freshman Ardell Inlay won the event and clocked a winning time of 10.77, while teammates Dylan Kautz finished second, and Virgil Steward finished third. Demar Francis won the 200-meter dash for the Coyotes, running across the line in 21.64 seconds.
The Coyote men also swept the hurdle events at the Sioux City Relays. Redshirt-freshman Hugo Morvan won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.45 seconds. Zach Renken clocked a time of 54.90 to win the 400-meter hurdles.
Sioux City native Merga Gameda recorded a time of 14:52:20 to take first place in the 5000-meter run.
The Coyote’s successes in the pole vault continued. USD senior Ethan Bray finished first place in the men’s pole vault with a height of 18 feet 2½ inches. Freshman Eerik Haamer finished in second place while Tre Young finished third.
USD track and field teams will be back in action this Wednesday for the USD Twilight meet. The meet is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. at Lillibridge Track Complex.