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Dennis breaks javelin records in win at Summit League Championships

University of South Dakota
University of South Dakota

MUNCIE, IN (KWSN)– Freshman Meghan Dennis broke the USD, the state and the Summit League records in the women’s javelin as the Coyote women rank first and the men fifth after day one of the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday.

The USD women scored 54.5 points and lead defending champion North Dakota State by eight.  NDSU leads the men’s competition with 55 points, while USD has 10.

Dennis’ mark of 157 feet, 10 inches broke the USD record of 152-3 set by Heather Andrews in 1991, the college state record of 156-9 set by Jen Buyske of Augustana in 2005 and the league record of 153-1 set last season by Camila Pirelli of Oral Roberts.  Dennis won by five feet over Kansas City’s Kimoya Hariott at 152-9.  

The USD women scored 24.5 points in the pole vault as Bethany Buell’s second-place finish led a group of four Coyotes to top-five finishes in the event.  Buell cleared 13-5¼ while Emily Grove placed third at the same height.  Madison Mills was fourth at 13-1½ and Hunter Wilkes was fifth at 12-1½.  

Megan Hilson placed second in the women’s 10,000-meters in 36 minutes, 32.80 seconds, while Amber Eichkorn was third in 36:33.28.  For the men, Mubarik Musa placed fifth in the 10,000 in 30:41.95 and Denton Stephens finished fifth in the hammer throw at 179-5 to round out USD’s top-five finishers on day one.

In multi-events, Tansha Clarke will enter the second day of the heptathlon in second with 3,047 points, trailing Omaha’s Sami Spenner with 3,356.  Clarke posted the best shot put mark in the competition on Thursday at 39-10.

In the men’s decathlon, Josh Petersen had the best marks in the 100-meters (11.27) and the shot put (39-7) to finish day one in third place with 3,492 points.  Zach Glasebrook of Western Illinois leads the event with 3,601 points.

Day two of the meet will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with the final events of the heptathlon and decathlon.

Courtesy: University of South Dakota