State Records Fall in Day One of USF Relays
Despite a three hour severe weather delay, fans saw several high marks and low times today, including two South Dakota men's outdoor records set to conclude day one of the 2012 Sioux Falls Relays held at the University of Sioux Falls Lillibridge Track and Field today. In the midst of hosting, the home team also found time to excel on the track, where the Cougars recorded two top finishes and a No. one seed in tomorrow's 100m dash.
Resuming competition at 4:00 p.m., meet officials were able to maintain a tight shift and complete all but one event scheduled initially scheduled for today except the Javelin event, which has been rescheduled for 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Ashley Unruh accounted for USF's highest finish, as she crossed the line second in the women's 1500m with a 4:47.
Conner Anderson marked the second Cougar to finish in the top three. Her 1:07.03 was good for third place in the women's 400m hurdles.
Maybe USF's most successful showing came in the preliminary round of the women's 100m dash, where the Cougars clinched seven spots in Saturday's final. Danielle Moyer led the way, clocking a 12.31 to sit in the No. 1 spot heading into the finals.
There were many exciting moments in the high school portion today's meet, but the girl's 400m dash and boy's 4x200m relay stole the show.
It was Sioux Falls' native, Kari Heck (Washington) who set the bar in the girl's 400m dash, as she nearly reset her own state record, charting a 55.5 to claim the title. The current South Dakota girl's 400m record is 55.2.
Sioux Falls' Lincoln high school gave the crowd a race to remember in the boy's 4x200m dash, where they clocked an impressive 1:28.14 to better the boy's high school record by .36 and take the crown.
The most electrifying performances were saved for last, as today's round was capped by a men's 1500m showcase that featured four competitors finish under 4:00 minutes, each erasing the previous South Dakota outdoor collegiate record of 4:01, which dated back to 1991. Unattached runner Travis Beniak took first and was followed by SDSU's Trent Lusignan (3:57.40) and Richard Keroack (3:57.99) of Northern State.
Meet director and USF head coach spoke about today's session below
The 2012 Sioux Falls Relays continue tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.