VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota track and field has qualified a program record 26 entries to the NCAA West Preliminary held in College Station, Texas, starting next Wednesday. The Coyotes scratched a pair of entries from its initial 28 qualifiers.

There will be 25 athletes taking the stage at the first round of the national meet, with 18 Coyotes making first-time appearances. There are 13 redshirt-freshmen and freshmen making their debuts. Leading the group are an experienced class of seniors who have qualified each year of their eligibility – fifth-year seniors Zack Anderson, Ethan Bray and Helen Falda are making their fourth appearance and fourth-year student-athlete Jonna Bart makes her third appearance.

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