Coyotes’ Grove, Firsick shine in pole vault

AMES, Iowa | Emily Grove posted the nation’s top mark in the pole vault while leading South Dakota’s women’s track and field team at Saturday’s Bill Bergan Invitational.

Grove’s winning vault of 14-3 1/2 at Iowa State passed Natalia Bartnovskaya of Kansas, the previous leader at 14-2. Teammate Bethany Firsick, the defending outdoor national champion, finished second (13-9 ¼) while Hunter Wilkes added to USD’s fifth-place team score with a seventh-place 11-9 ¾.

South Dakota’s Megan Glisar posted a school-record 6- ½ to win the high jump by two inches over Alyx Treasure (5-10 ½) of meet champion Kansas State. A former Sergeant Bluff-Luton athlete who now ranks third in the nation, Glisar topped the record she set the previous weekend at the Jack Johnson Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota.

The Coyotes also got a second-place 38-8 ¼ in the triple jump from Ashley Thompson.

South Dakota’s fourth-place men received first-place finishes from Teivaskie Lewin in the 60 hurdles (7.95) and Casey Shade in the 1,000 (2:27.65).

Sprinter Brandon Kovash recorded a pair of top-five finishes by placing third in the 60 meters (6.89) and fifth in the 200 (21.97). Both times are currently the Summit League’s fastest.

Kevin Sarehkhani placed second on attempts with a height 16-8 ¾ in the pole vault. Teammate Kyle Ballew was third on the same height. The two are tied for second in the Summit performance list.

The Coyotes got seconds from Tyler Frank in the high jump (6-6 ¾) and Connor Fitzsimmons in the triple jump (43-5). Fourth-place Jeff Mettler’s clocking in the 3,000 (8:16.69) is the fastest in the Summit this season.







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