The Coyotes hosted their first home outdoor track and field meet of the season. The USD Early Bird meet was held on Friday and Saturday.
In the women’s 100-meter dash, Coyotes sophomore Erin Kinney took first place with a time of 10.98, which would have been the second-best time in the nation if it wasn’t for the wind reading. Sophomore Jacy Pulse finished in fourth with a time of 11.41.
In the men’s 100-meter dash, junior Ardell Inlay took first with a time of 10.33 and sophomore Ken-Mark Minkovski took fourth with a 10.39.
In the women’s 400-meter dash, Coyotes junior Madison Jochum took first place with a time of 57.53. Jochum also finished first place in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.
In the men’s 800-meter dash, junior Luke Olson took fourth with a time of 1:51.18.
Winning the men’s 1500-meter dash was fifth year senior Merga Gemeda, who took first with a time of 3:54.18.
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Coyotes sophomore Averi Schmeichel took second place with a time of 13.77. Schmeichel also took third place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.39.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, junior Davion Williams took third with a time of 55.43.
In the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Riley Ruhaak took fourth with a 9:47.67.
The Coyotes took first place in the women’s 4×100-meter relay with a time of 45.44, with a team consisting of Kinney, Pulse and sophomores Sammy Neil and Anna Robinson.
The Coyotes took first place in the men’s 4×100-meter relay with a time of 40.77, with a team consisting of Inlay, Minkovski, freshman Mark Daley and senior Johnson Adegbite.
The Coyotes took fourth place in the women’s 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:09.28 with a team of sophomore Caelyn Valandra-Pure, freshman Bre Dunn and juniors Ella Byers and Hannah Young.
In field events, the Coyotes took first and second place in the women’s high jump with junior Carly Haring jumping 1.70m and freshman Matayah Yellowmule jumping 1.65m.
Three Coyotes tied for third place in the men’s high jump all jumping 2.04m. The three-way tie consisted of fifth year senior Jack Durst, junior Ethan Heitman and sophomore Joe Lynch.
The Coyotes took four of the top five spots in the pole vault, with alumni Emily Grove taking first at a 4.49m, sophomore Marleen Mulla took second as she moved into seventh in the nation with a 4.34m, sophomore Cassidy Mooneyhan took third with a 4.19m and sophomore Jaidyn Garrett getting fifth with a 4.04m.
The Coyotes also took two of the top five spots in the men’s pole vault, with junior Eerik Haamer taking first with a 5.21m and sophomore Spencer Buley tying for third with a 5.01m.
In women’s long jump, Yellowmule tied for fifth with a 5.72m.
In women’s triple jump, sophomore Lauren Meyer took fifth with a 12.05m.
Junior Meredith Clark took first place in women’s shot put with a throw that went 15.34m.
In the men’s shot put, freshman Brandon Vander Sluis took fifth with a throw that went 16.96m.
In women’s discus, the Coyotes took two of the top five spots as junior Lydia Knapp took first with a 51.14m and Clark captured fourth with a 48.34m.
In the men’s discus, sixth year senior Jackson Coker was third with a 52.82m.
In the women’s hammer throw, Clark took third with a 54.27m and competing unattached was sophomore Delaney Smith who took fifth with a 53.10m.
Fifth year senior Liberty Justus took second overall in the women’s heptathlon with a final score of 4887.
The Coyotes will be going to California for three different three-day meets (Mt. Sac Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and Pacific Coast Intercollegiate/Long Beach Invitational) from April 13-15.