NORWALK, Calif. – Bethany Firsick won the women’s pole vault and Danielle Waldner finished second in women’s shot put as South Dakota track and field competed at the Long Beach Invitational on Saturday.
Firsick cleared 13 feet, 5¾ inches to take the pole vault title in her first outdoor meet of the season. She vaulted three times during the competition, clearing 12-11¾ and 13-5¾ on first attempts before missing on her only attempt at 13-11¾. Courtney Bray of Eastern Washington was second at 12-11¾, while USD’s Madison Mills finished sixth at the same height based on attempts.
Waldner finished second in the shot put with a mark of 48-0¾ while teammate Breanna Janovyfinished 12th with a mark of 45-5. Aslynn Halvorson of Tennessee won with a mark of 50-6. Waldner finished the weekend with three top-10 finishes at three different meets. She placed seventh in the shot put on Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays and 10th in hammer throw on Thursday at the CSULA Twilight.
Kyle McKelvey had the men’s top finish of the meet while Teivaskie Lewin recorded two top-10 finishes. McKelvey finished fourth in the men’s shot put with a mark of 56-3¾. It was his second top-five finish of the weekend after he recorded a third-place finish in the shot put open division at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday.
Lewin placed sixth in the long jump at 23-5½ (third-best in the Summit League) and seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.43 seconds.
The Coyotes also wrapped up competition at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday with Meghan Dennis recording a fifth-place finish in the women’s javelin invitational elite competition with a mark of 149-3.
The Coyotes are scheduled to compete at the Mt. Marty Invite on Tuesday before going to the Drake Relays starting on Thursday.
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