Iowans Help Coyotes at Jackrabbit Classic

Hannah Draayer-AnkenyCent-S.D. ©Mike Brynes-2018

Hannah Draayer-AnkenyCent-S.D.
©Mike Brynes-2018

South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen improved his nation-leading pole vault mark at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational on Saturday inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. South Dakota captured seven events at the meet.

Courtesy Coyotes Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karina Dufoe-Adel-S.D.©Mike Brynes 2018


The Coyotes captured the women’s team race on Saturday with 130 points. North Dakota State and South Dakota State finished second and third, respectively. South Dakota’s men finished runner-up to Minnesota with 96 points.

Nilsen wrapped up Saturday’s competition with an NCAA-leading height of 18 feet, 6 ½ inches. Cincinnati’s Adrian Valles briefly passed Nilsen on the charts earlier in the day with a clearance of 18-4 ¾. Nilsen entered the competition after the remainder of the field had finished, clearing his first three bars without a miss. He missed one attempt at 18-6 ½ before clearing the second. Nilsen missed all three attempts at a new personal best bar of 18-10 ¾. The sophomore remains undefeated during indoor competitions with 10 consecutive indoor pole vault meet titles. Junior teammate Jake David finished runner-up with a height of 16-4 ¾.

Sophomore Helen Falda, a transfer from UT-Arlington, moved to the top of the Summit League women’s pole vault charts with a clearance of 13-1 ½. She won the pole vault for the second-straight week. Sophomore Makiah Hunt joins Falda at the height after finishing runner-up based on attempts.

South Dakota sophomores Ethan Toy and Zack Anderson captured the long and high jumps, respectively. Toy leaped an indoor best 23-11 to take the long jump while junior Joe Reagan finished runner-up in 23-9. The duo are tied for second in league standings at 23-11. Anderson took the high jump title for the second-straight week with a clearance of 6-10 ¾. Junior Deshonn Brown cleared 6-8 ¾ for third.

Competing in his first collegiate indoor 3,000-meter race, junior Eldon Warner took home the title with a time of 8:26.74. The time ranks sixth on USD’s all-time top-10 charts and tops the Summit charts this season. Warner also dropped two seconds off his personal best in the mile to place second in 4:11.30 behind Minnesota’s Nick Rink.

The Coyotes also added a 1-2 punch in the women’s 600 meters. Sophomore Hannah Draayercrossed the finish line in 1:37.29 for first with freshman Macy Heinz close behind in 1:37.52 for second.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay with legs from freshman Danielle Thompson, senior Brooke Ireland, senior Shanice Cannigan and junior Mallory Fine won in 3:48.91.

Cannigan leaped a new personal best of 19-3 ½ to place second in the long jump. She also added a runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56.

On the men’s side, senior Gawain Williams also tallied a pair of runner-up finishes in the 60 meters and 200 meters. Williams was less than a tenth of second shy of his best time in both events, clocking 6.79 seconds in the 60 meters and 21.89 for 200 meters.

Senior Ethan Fenchel took second in the weight throw with a new USD school record of 66-5 1/4. Fenchel improved his best throw from a season ago by three feet.

A week after finishing sub-five minutes in the mile for the first time, junior Madeline Huglen improved her time yet again by crossing the finish line in 4:53.47. Huglen finished third in the race with senior teammate Lindsay Joyce finishing right behind in 4:54.08 for another personal best. Joyce’s previous best mile time came at the same meet a season ago. Huglen added a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters later on in the meet with a clocking of 9:51.64.

Sophomore Samara Spencer finished runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 37-11 ¼.

Junior Karina Dufoe crossed the finish line in 7.77 seconds for second in the 60 meters.

USD volunteer assistant coach and recent graduate Danielle Waldner won the shot put in 51-11 ¾.

The Coyotes travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Jack Johnson Classic next Friday and Saturday. South Dakota hosts its lone home indoor meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet.