Cougars Picked Third and Fourth in Outdoor Preseason Poll
The University of Sioux Falls track and field teams were selected to finish third and fourth in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor preseason coaches’ poll announced Wednesday morning.
Minnesota State University (100) was the top choice on the men’s side, as they received all ten first place votes. MSU Moorhead (87) was selected second, while Augustana (83) was third. The Cougars were slotted fourth with a total of 73 points.
Sprint specialist, Colin Koth and thrower Jordan Bents, were identified as USF’s male athletes to watch. A runner-up in the 400m dash at the conference meet, Koth (48.91) was one of nine Cougars to qualify for the NCAA Championships last winter. Bents earned all-conference honors in both the shot put (15.62m) and weight throw (17.13m) in the weight throw.
On the women’s side, the University of Mary (144) garnered 12 first place votes to grab the top spot. Winona State (128) was next at No. 2, while USF, who was recently tabbed No. 18 by the USTFCCCA, received 114 votes to rank third.
Brigitte Gross and Kendra Knight were tabbed as USF’s female athletes to watch. Gross (4.15m) won the indoor conference pole vault title before securing All-American status at the NCAA Championships, while Knight (57.24) garnered all-conference plaudits with a third place finish in the women’s 400m dash at the conference championships last winter.
Total, USF earned 34 all-conference nods, 13 all-region honors and three All-American selections during the 2013 indoor season.
The Cougars begin the 2013 outdoor season Friday at the Wayne State College Multi-Event in Wayne, Neb. For the official release, please see PDF in the related links box.