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Bents threw a PR and provisional qualifying mark in the weight throw Friday
Courtesy: USF Athletics

Cougars Compete at USD Twilight

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 02/16/2013
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With one week until the Championship portion of the track & field season beings, the Cougars traveled to Vermillion, S.D. to compete in the USD Open Friday night. USF came away with six first place finishes, 15 NCAA provisional qualifying marks, and one school record.

USF Sophomore, Jordan Bents, had impressive performances in both the Weight Throw and Shot Put. In the Weight Throw, Bents threw a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 56-4.5 (17.18m). This throw gives Bents the second farthest throw in USF history, and is currently the fourth best mark in the NSIC.

Bents followed up this performance with another personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the Shot Put. Bents' throw of 51-7.75 (15.74m) ranks fourth for USF All-Time, and is the seventh best throw in the NSIC this year.

When asked about Bents' improvements, Director of Track and Field Reid Ehrisman said, "Jordan has been working extremely hard and has persevered through some tough meets, but he continues to work hard and it is definitely starting to show."

In the women's 60m Hurdles, Brigitte Gross and Katyln Sawtelle took the top two spots. Gross led the way with a personal best time of 8.94, and was followed closely by Sawtelle who finished with a time of 8.99. Gross' matched her own school record, and Sawtelle's performance was the second fastest time in program history.

"It was fun to see Brigitte and Katlyn go head-to-head, and both come away with personal bests," said Ehrisman. "We are thrilled that these women are running this fast at this point in the season, and we feel that they can still go faster in these last couple meets."

Redshirt Senior, Colin Koth, ran away from the field in the 400m Dash when he ran an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 49.27. Koth currently holds the third-fastest time in the NSIC this year.

"For Colin to be able to beat the competition by over two seconds and still be able to run an NCAA provisional qualifying time, shows that he is in shape and will be ready to run at these next meets where he will have more competition," added Ehrisman.

In the men's One Mile Run, Billy and Bobby Brockmueller took second and third place, and each hit a provisional qualifying time. Billy outkicked Bobby in the last 100m to run a 4:15.36 on his way to a new school record, while Bobby finished the race in 4:15.64, which beat the previous school record. The Brockmueller's currently hold the second and third fastest times in the NSIC this season.

"It's always great to be able to hit a provisional mark," said Ehrisman. "For these brothers to be able to have their names as the top two marks in USF history is quite a feat."

Blake Stevenson won the men's 800m Run with a season best time of 1:57.93. This time gives Stevenson the sixth fastest time heading into the conference meet.

The Cougars also claimed the top two spots in the women's Triple Jump with Jazzelena Black (38-2.75/11.65m) and Kristen Townley (37-4/11.38m). Black and Townley currently hold the first and fifth farthest jumps in the NSIC this season.

USF also captured first place in both the men's and women's 4x400m Relays. The women's team ran a time of 4:06.64, while the men finished in a time of 3:31.95.

The Cougars will head to Mankato, Minn. to compete in the NSIC Conference Championship in its first year as a full-fledged member of the conference. Competition will begin on Friday, February 22nd, and will conclude on Saturday the 23rd.

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