Sioux Falls Women Jump to No. 16 in Latest USTFCCCA Poll
"This is a monumental day for USF track and field," said first-year USF head coach Reid Ehrisman. "To see where we have come from, being a program that couldn't compete at an elite level in the NAIA just six years, to grow into a top-20 team in the NCAA, shows the commitment our coaches and student-athletes have made to hard work and continual improvement."
The Cougar women have excelled across the board, but their jumps and pole vault units are receiving the most attention, and rightfully so, as combined they've already hit 10 NCAA-DII provisional qualifying marks in the long jump, pole vault and triple jump events.
The current NCAA-DII provisional mark for the women's pole vault event is 12-11.5 (3.95m). Kayla Coffee, Bridgette Gross and Kristin Majerus, each own season-best vaults of 12-7.5 (3.85m), which places them in a three-way tie for the sixth-best mark in the nation. In total, USF pole vaulters account for seven of the team's current provisional qualifiers.
Samantha Koch (11-11.75), Chelsey Schenavar (11-11.75), Courtney Crandall (11-6.25) and Katlyn Sawtelle (11-5.75) represent the additional four Cougar vaulters who have reached provisional marks.
USF student-athletes have also achieved provisional standards in both the long and triple jump events. The provisional mark for the long jump is 18-1 (5.51m), while the triple jump is 37-6.78 (11.45m).
True freshman Jazzelena Black owns the NSIC's best long jump result of 19' 5.25" (5.92m), which currently ranks second in the nation. Her winning leap of 39-2.5 (11.95m) in triple jump last weekend at the NWU Prairie Wolf Invitational, set the school record and gave Black the top triple jump mark in the NSIC. Her triple jump mark also ranks seventh in the NCAA D-II.
Joining Black for her efforts in the triple jump is Kristin Townley. Her leap of 38-0.25 (11.59m) at the MSU Preseason open is the team's second-furthest triple jump recorded this season.
With a 57.35 at the Dordt Invitational, Kendra Knight has also met the NCAA D-II provisional standard of 57.70 for the women's 400m dash.
The Cougars will return to the track on Saturday, January 26 when they compete in the BVU Open in Storm Lake, Iowa.