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Courtesy: USF Athletics

Cougars head to Drake, Gustavus and NSIC Multis

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 04/25/2013
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Sioux Falls track and field has a busy weekend ahead, as the team will divide up to compete at three different events. Select members will be competing at the historic Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, April 26 and April 27, while a number of student-athletes will travel to the Gustavus Adolphus Alternative in St. Peter, Minn. April 27. For more information regarding heat sheets and the schedule for the Drake Relays, click HERE, or the Gustavus Alternative, click HERE.

The long weekend will wrap up with the NSIC Multis Event April 28 and 29 in Aberdeen, S.D. The heptathlon and decathlon are the first scored events of the 2013 NSIC Outdoor Championships, which are set to take place on Fri.-Sat., May 10-11 in Sioux Falls, S.D. at Howard Wood Track - hosted by Augustana College. To follow the NSIC Multis, please visit www.NSIC.com

DRAKE ENTRIES (Click Here for live results)
A list of USF entries for the Drake Relays can be found below:

Long Jump/Triple Jump

Jazzelena Black

Women’s Pole Vault
Kayla Coffee
Brigitte Gross
Kristin Majerus*

Women’s 4x100m Relay
Jazzelena Black
Brigitte Gross
DeAndra Richardson
Danielle Moyer

Women’s Sprint Medley Relay
Kendra Knight
Danielle Moyer
Shelbie Pettie
Leah Wensmann

Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Billy Brockmueller

Bobby Brockmueller
Kaleb Lindsey-Stevens
Blake Stevenson

*Majerus placed 10th in the women’s pole vault at this event last year

Katlyn Sawtelle, Taylor Majerus and Carson Ricard will represent USF in the Multi Championship. Sawtelle enters the weekend ranked No. 24 nationally in the women’s heptathlon event. She has also met NCAA provisional standards with 4406 point effort at the Emporia Multi event earlier this season.

At the indoor NSIC Multi Sawtelle gained USF’s first conference points by taking runner-up with a new school record score of 3501. In the men’s Heptathlon, freshman, Carson Ricard, set the school record when he scored 4205 points to place tenth overall, while Taylor Majerus also broke the previous school record with a score of 4166, which gave him a twelfth place finish.

Sioux Falls redshirt senior Kayla Coffee’s victory in the women’s college pole vault headlined a strong showing by the USF track and field team against elite competition at the 86th annual Kansas Relays.

Coffee was the only vaulter to exceed a mark of 12 feet, 2.50 inches. Her winning mark of 12 feet, 8.25 inches (3.87m) was cleared on her third attempt when she bettered all previous efforts by nearly six inches. Even more impressive was who she defeated, as her competition represented the likes of Kansas, Oral Roberts, Wichita State and Nebraska.

Her classmate Kristin Majerus also had an outstanding performance, as she finished in a three-way tie for second with a clearance of 12 feet, 2.50 inches (3.72m).

The Cougars success wasn’t limited to the pole vault competition, as Billy Brockmueller also earned a top three finish in the men’s 10,000m race Thursday afternoon. Billy clocked a 30:57.65 to place second out of 34 entries. Just missing the top-10 was Ethan Tabbert. He placed 11th in the 10,000m with a 31:18.76.

Total, USF landed six top-10 finishes in over the weekend.

Bobby Brockmueller and Becca Steadman also fared well during the distance festival Thursday. Bobby recorded a 14:55.46 in the men’s 5000m to take ninth, while Steadman crossed the finish line in 18:53.47 to place tenth in women’s 5000m race.

Scott Greenman also earned a top-10 finish in the men’s pole vault Friday evening. He cleared 15 feet, 7.75 inches (4.92m) to place tenth overall. His vault also met NCAA provisional qualifying standards, which call for a mark of 4.69m.

Returning Top-10 Finishers:
Led by an outstanding throwing performance from Jordan Bents, the Cougars totaled four top-10 finishes Saturday at the Gustavus Alternative.

Bents charted his highest finish in the men's shot put, where he hit a mark of 46 feet and 4.75 inches to take fifth. He also enjoyed success in the discus event, covering 127 feet and four inches to place 10th.

Kristin Townley also had a solid day for the women. Townley leaped 33 feet and 7.25 inches to claim fifth in the women's triple jump.

Automatic: Gross, pole vault (13-0); Coffee, pole vault (13-0)

Provisional: Majerus, pole vault (12-6); Courtney Crandall, pole vault (11-6.25); Gran, pole vault (15-10.5); Greenman, pole vault (15-10.5); Rogers, pole vault (15-4.5); Sawtelle, heptathlon (4406)

The Cougars were selected to finish third and fourth in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor preseason coaches’ poll. USF did just that during the indoor season, where the women placed third and the men finished fourth at the conference championships. USF’s woman entered week one ranked No. 18 in the USTFCCCA poll, but has since fallen out of the rankings. Individual team, conference and national rankings can be found in the related links box.  

USF will return home to compete in the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D. May 3-4.

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