USD Second In Summit Polls

USD Second In Summit Polls

South Dakota’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams both placed second while receiving first-place votes in the Summit League preseason polls released on Tuesday.  North Dakota State finished first in both polls.

The men’s team, which enters the season as the defending league indoor champs, received 13 points and one first-place vote. NDSU garnered 16 points and the remaining four first-place votes, while South Dakota State (10 points), Western Illinois (seven points) and IUPUI (four points) rounded out the field.

USD brings back 12 All-Summit League athletes and five league champions from last season, including the Indoor Track Championship MVP Jeff Mettler.  Mettler won the mile and 3,000-meters, while Jeff O’Connell (long jump), Kyle McKelvey (shot put) and Kyle Ballew (pole vault) all added one title last season. The men also return last season’s Newcomer of the Championship honoree Chris Nielsen, who won the 400 and helped the 4×400 relay to a league title.

The women’s team gathered 32 points and two of the seven first-place votes, finishing three points behind NDSU at 35 points.  Omaha finished third in the poll with 26 points, South Dakota State was fourth with 21 points and Western Illinois placed fifth with 16 points.

Along with nine All-Summit League honorees, the Coyotes return a pair of league record holders from last season. Bethany (Buell) Firsick set the new league pole vault mark of 4.41 meters (14 feet, 5.5 inches) and Megan Glisar set a new league high jump mark at 1.81m (5-11.25).  The women also bring back Newcomer of the Championship winner Amber Eickhorn.

South Dakota track and field will start its season at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 17.  The Summit League Championships will be held in Fort Wayne, Ind., starting on Feb. 28.

2013-14 Summit League Men’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason   Poll
Place Team Points (1st) 2012-13 Finish
1. North Dakota State 16 (4) 2nd
2. South Dakota 13 (1) 1st
3. South Dakota State 10 4th
4. Western Illinois 7 5th
5. IUPUI 4 N/A


2013-14 Summit League Women’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason   Poll
Place Team Points (1st) 2012-13 Finish
1. North Dakota State 35 (5) 1st
2. South Dakota 32 (2) 3rd
3. Omaha 26 2nd
4. South Dakota State 21 5th
5. Western Illinois 16 7th
6. Fort Wayne 9 8th
7. IUPUI 8 N/A


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