Lindsay Joyce-SC Heelan-S. Dakota 
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Iowans Help Coyotes at Hawkeye Invite

Karina Dufou-Adel-S. Dakota ©Coyotes Athletics

Karina Dufou-Adel-S. Dakota
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South Dakota returned to action by capturing five Hawkeye Invitational titles on Saturday at the UI Recreation Building.

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Reigning NCAA Indoor Champion, sophomore Chris Nilsen, eclipsed his own meet record in the men’s pole vault by clearing 18 feet, 4 ½ inches. Nilsen also set a new facility record, breaking the previous mark of 18-1 ¼ set by Tye Harvey of Minnesota in 1997. His height also tops the NCAA this season. Classmate Ethan Bray finished runner-up to Nilsen, clearing 17-0 ¾.

Junior Madeline Huglen captured the women’s mile, cruising to a new personal best of 4:55.51. Huglen recorded the sixth-fastest time in USD history. Senior Lindsay Joyce took third in 4:57.11, a mark one second off her personal best.

Sophomore Zack Anderson took home the men’s high jump with a new indoor best of 7-0 ½. He improved his old indoor best by a quarter of an inch to move into a tie for second in USD history. Anderson’s jump also ties the Hawkeye Invitational meet record from 2013. Junior Deshonn Brown, a transfer from Northern State, finished runner-up with a height of 6-8 ¾.

South Dakota captured the men’s long jump for the second-straight year. Junior Joe Reaganleaped an indoor best of 23-11 to win the event and move to ninth in USD history. Sophomore Ethan Toy, who captured the event a year ago, finished runner-up Saturday with a jump of 23-3 ½.

The Coyotes swept the top three spots in the women’s pole vault. Sophomore Helen Falda led the way by clearing 12-9 ½ in the victory. Falda matched her height from earlier this season in Brookings. Sophomore Makiah Hunt finished runner-up based on attempts after also clearing 12-9 ½. Senior Maddie Aune took third.

Junior Megan Billington improved her best mark in the women’s 3,000 meters by a second, clocking 9:48.21. Billington finished runner-up in the race. Senior Erin Wetzstein took third in 9:58.86.

Senior Gawain Williams tallied a pair of top-five finishes in the sprints. Williams finished runner-up in the 60 meters with a clocking of 6.81 seconds. He added a fifth-place finish in the men’s 200 meters.

Senior Shanice Cannigan posted a runner-up performance in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Cannigan crossed the finish line in 8.65 seconds.

Sophomore Samara Spencer finished runner-up in the women’s long jump with a leap of 18-1 ½. Spencer had set the meet and facility records a season ago by jumping 21-1 ¼ at the 2017 Hawkeye Invitational.

Senior Ashley Thompson added a runner-up finish in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 38-4 ¾. Sophomore Britny Kerr took third.

Also recording third-place finishes on Saturday were junior Eldon Warner in the mile with a personal best 4:13.47, junior Karina Dufoe in the 60 meters, freshman Zach Renken in the 600 meters and the women’s 4×400-meter relay.

South Dakota returns to action next Saturday with the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational in Brookings, South Dakota.