South Dakota senior Chris Nilsen highlighted six Coyote event champions at Saturday’s Adidas Classic inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
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Nilsen vaulted an indoor best of 19 feet, ¾ inch, to break his own South Dakota school record and Devaney facility record. It marked Nilsen’s 12th career vault past the 19-foot barrier. His first-ever 19-foot jump came at the Devaney back in 2018. The vault also gives Nilsen sole possession of the NCAA lead this season, clearing a centimeter higher than Baylor’s KC Lightfoot.
The Coyotes swept the podium in the men’s vault with redshirt-junior Ethan Bray finishing runner-up in 17-11, a quarter-inch off his indoor best, and senior Nick Johnson clearing 16-11 for third. Senior Kaleb Ellis rounded out the crew in fifth.
Freshman Brithton Senior had another stellar performance in winning the 60-meter hurdles. He clocked 7.79 seconds to improve his own mark from last week by three-hundredths of a second. Senior’s now .02 off South Dakota’s school record in the event.
South Dakota swept the top-five spots in the women’s pole vault as well with senior Helen Falda vaulting a winning height of 14-3 ½. She cleared the bar on a first attempt for a new indoor best that ranks third in USD history. Following Falda with her own indoor best, sophomore Landon Kemp jumped 13-9 ¾ on Saturday. The height moves her to fifth in USD history. Freshman Gen Hirata rounded out the podium with a clearance of 13-1 ¾. Sophomore Deidra Marrison and redshirt-junior Makiah Hunt tied for fourth.
Junior Callie Henrich launched a three-foot improvement to win the weight throw in 65-7. The distance ranks second in South Dakota program history. Henrich also took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48-9. Senior Emilee Shostrom placed fourth in the weight throw with a personal best of 59-2.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay of junior Holly Gerberding, senior Hannah Draayer, junior Alli Wroblewskiand freshman Madison Jochum beat out the competition in 3:50.05. Also racing in open events, Draayer took fourth in the 400 meters and Gerberding placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles.
Junior Abby Ripperda clocked a big personal best in the 3,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 9:41.49 for second place. The time ranks fourth in USD’s all-time history. Junior Jonna Bart took third behind Ripperda in the 3,000 and also placed fourth in the mile. Senior Kianna Stewart took fifth place in both races.
Sophomore Jessie Sullivan launched a personal best of 60-4 to place second in the weight throw. The distance ranks sixth in USD history. Junior Matt Slagus and sophomore Kaden Elder placed behind him in third and fourth, respectively.
A pair of top-three finishes highlighted senior Britny Kerr’s meet. She leaped 39-5 on her first attempt in the triple jump to take second. The distance was a centimeter off her personal best. Kerr also placed third in the 60 hurdles in 8.78 seconds, just three-hundredths of a second off her best time.
Sophomore Haley Arens finished runner-up in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.66.
A quartet of freshmen placed third in their respective events on Saturday. Carly Haring tied her season-best height, placing third in the high jump with a mark of 5-7. Dylan Kautz clocked 6.84 for third in the 60 meters. William Stupalsky leaped 44-11 ½ in the triple jump. Hannah Young clocked 25.48 seconds for third in the 200 meters.
Freshman distance runner Clayton Whitehead doubled in the mile and 3,000 meters on Saturday, placing in the top-five of both. Whitehead took fourth in the mile and fifth in the 3,000 meters.
South Dakota hosts the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet next weekend, Feb. 7-8, for the Coyotes’ lone home meet of the indoor season.