Sioux City Relays: Miles Induction Highlights Day For Coyotes

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Day two of the 48th annual Sioux City Relays provided more of the same in the collegiate division on  Saturday. Dominate performances by the University of South Dakota Coyotes continued at the weather-shortened event, held at Olsen Stadium on the campus of Morningside College.

One of the biggest highlights of the weekend for USD did not occur in competition.

USD pole vault coach Derek Miles was inducted into the Sioux City Relays Hall of Fame during a brief noon intermission. Miles, a two-time Olympian, captured four NCAA Division II All-American awards during his time competing for USD. He was a 2008 world champion while also winning the USA Track & Field indoor championship in 2003 and the outdoor title in 2011.

Coyote sophomore Cody Snyder led USD for the second consecutive day. The Lake Andes-native won the discus a day after claiming the shot put title. Teammate Kyle Wheeler placed second, just over three feet behind Snyder.

Also claiming an individual title in the throwing events for South Dakota was Jasmine Mosley. The senior from Bellevue, Neb., won the shot put with a throw of 48-11. Teammate and fellow senior Darci Schwartz placed third.

Freshman Emily Grove brought the grandstand to their feet as she demolished the previous meet record in the pole vault by clearing 13-06, 18 inches higher than the previous meet-best. Grove had three chances at the Olympic “B” qualifying standard of 14-05.25 but just missed clearing the bar.

“The pole vaulters are headed in the right direction,” Coyote women’s coach Lucky Huber said. “They are working hard and in the next few weeks I think we’ll see Emily pop over that height and make the Olympic Trials”.

Sophomore Jeff Mettler placed second and was among one of three runners that broke the meet 3000 meter steeplechase record. Mettler’s clocking of 8:58 was a personal best.

The USD 800 meter relay team of Brandon Kovash, Jeff O’Connell, Gaville-native Parker Erickson, and Jared Clement placed first. O’Connell also placed fourth in the long jump while Clement was fourth in the 100 meter dash.

Two former Yankton athletes, Tyler Sternhagen and Alex Hohenthaner, helped the 3200 meter relay team place finish second.

Another former Yankton standout, Travis Benner, was third in the 1500 meter run with a clocking of 3:56.

For the Coyote women, freshman Analisa Huschle had a big day with a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash and a third-place effort in the long jump.

“We had that warrior mentality for Analisa today,” Huber said. “She was in a bunch of events so we wanted her to get in there and compete a lot.”

Freshman Haley Juhnke was victorious in the 100 meter hurdles while the USD women’s 800 meter relay placed second.

The women’s 3200 meter relay team of Rachel Weinandt, Natalie Newman, Kristie Mullen, and Gayville-native Emma Ladwig placed first with a clocking of 9:13.

Sophomore Ashleigh Giese rounded out the Coyote standout performances on Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the 1500 meter run.

Mount Marty also competed in the meet, with their best performer being Beth Finnegan’s sixth-place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Abbey VanDenBerg finished 13th in the long jump for the Lancers. VanDenBerg was second in the triple jump with a national meet qualifying distance on Friday night.

Lightening and heavy rain in the mid-afternoon forced the meet to be canceled before the men’s 5000 meter run and all of the 1600 meter relays could be completed.

USD splits their squads this coming weekend with around 15 athletes heading to Walnut, California for the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays while the balance of the roster will travel to the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas.

“Those are two really big-time meets coming up and we are going to try to look good at both of them,” Huber said.

Mount Marty travels to Orange City, Iowa for the Red Raider Open at Northwestern this Friday and Saturday.

Derek Miles


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