South Dakota senior Gawain Williams and junior Karina Dufoe swept the 60 meters and 200 meters to highlight the Coyotes in action over the weekend at the SDSU Holiday Open inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The Coyotes were victorious in 10 events.
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South Dakota captured the men’s team race with 56 points, topping runner-up South Dakota State with 44 points and third-place Minnesota with 38 points. Minnesota took the top spot on the women’s side with 37 points, edging runner-up South Dakota with 36 points. South Dakota State took third with 25 points.
Dufoe clocked a pair of personal bests while winning both short sprints. She crossed the finish line in 7.66 seconds for 60 meters, improving her time by three-hundredths of a second. Dufoe also clocked a best of 24.97 seconds in the 200 meters, which moves her into seventh on USD’s all-time charts. Sophomore Tasheka Gordon placed third in the 200 meters in 25.98.
Williams posted a personal best of 21.81 seconds for the indoor 200 meters. He also captured the 60 meters in 6.76 seconds, a time that is just two-hundredths of a second from his personal best and three-hundredths of a second off the school record. Junior Joe Reaganclocked a personal best of 6.84 for third in the 60 meters.
Junior Corey Reid, a transfer from Azuza Pacific, crushed the school record in the heptathlon in his first meet as a Coyote. Reid tallied a score of 5,365 points to best Josh Peterson’s school record of 4,724 from 2015. Reid took the top spot in the 60-meter dash and finished second in four other events during the two-day competition.
South Dakota swept the multi-events with senior Shanice Cannigan winning the pentathlon with 3,781 points. Cannigan holds the school record in the event. She took first in the 60 hurdles and the long jump during the competition.
The Coyotes swept the top-three spots of the men’s shot put. Senior Jacob Barents threw an indoor best of 57-4 ¾ to remain third on USD’s all-time charts. Junior Ben Hammer launched a two-foot indoor personal best of 55-0 ¾ to place second. Freshman Matt Slagus posted a mark of 54-6 ¾ for third. Hammer and Slagus move to fifth and sixth, respectively, on USD’s all-time charts in the event.
Returning All-Americans, sophomores Chris Nilsen and Samara Spencer, handily captured their signature events. Nilsen won the pole vault in 16-6 ¾. Junior teammate Jake David took second in 15-7. Spencer was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 18-5 ¼. Spencer also placed third in the 60 meters.
Sophomore Ethan Toy leaped an indoor best of 23-10 ¼ in the long jump to place second. Toy moved onto USD’s all-time charts in the 10th spot.
Senior Ethan Fenchel finished runner-up in the weight throw with a distance of 63-9 ¾. Barents took third in 60-5.
Redshirt-senior Ashley Thompson kicked of her final campaign as a Coyote with a runner-up finish in the triple jump. She leaped 39-0 ½.
Sophomore Britny Kerr placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5. She also took third in the triple jump.
South Dakota returns to action in January with the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 13.