Madison Mills placed third in the junior womenâ€™s pole vault to lead three Coyotes and a Coyote recruit to Junior All-American status at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Â All four current Coyotes who competed on Friday in Des Moines recorded top-10 finishes.
Mills vaulted 13 feet, 3Â˝ inches, while teammate Hunter Wilkes vaulted 12-5Â˝ to take seventh place. Mills cleared three heights before missing at 13-7ÂĽ, while Wilkes missed at 12-11Â˝.Â They are the second and third of USDâ€™s freshmen pole vaulters to earn Junior All-America honors this year after Peter Chapman placed seventh in the junior menâ€™s pole vault on Thursday to earn the honor.
USD pole vault recruit Emily Brigham also earned Junior All-American status by placing fourth with a height of 13-3Â˝.Â She cleared both 12-11Â˝ and 13-3Â˝ on her third attempt before missing at 13-7ÂĽ. Unattached vaulter Megan Clark won with a mark of 13-7ÂĽ.
Christian Nielsen earned Junior All-American honors by finishing eighth in the junior menâ€™s 200-meter dash in 21.97 seconds. Justâ€™N Thymes, who competed unattached, won the race with a time of 20.61.
Meghan Dennis placed 10th in the junior womenâ€™s javelin with a throw of 140-4 to round out USDâ€™s day.Â Megan Glassman of the Mercury Track Club won the event with a mark of 166-7.