DES MOINES, Iowa – Meghan Dennis placed seventh in the women’s javelin, Tevaiskie Lewin placed 10th in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and the women’s 4x800 relay team set a new school record at the Drake Relays on Friday. The Coyotes also competed at the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa, where Kyle Ballew won the men’s pole vault.
Dennis had a javelin mark of 150 feet, 1 inch, for her second-best mark of the season. Her mark this year was one foot and three inches better than her performance at last year’s Drake Relays. Freya Jones of Georgia won the event with a mark of 171-4.
Lewin set the top Summit League time of the season in 110-meter hurdles while finishing 10th, clocking in at 14.20 seconds and breaking his previous league-best time of 14.26. That time is the second-fastest on USD’s performance list. Lewin missed out on the finals by two-hundredths of a second.
A Coyote distance relay team broke a school record for the second straight day. The women’s 4x800 relay of Katie Wetzstein, Amber Eichkorn, Nicole Schmidt and Jessica Feldman finished 11th in 9:05.44. That broke the school record of 9:07.27 set in 2004 by Meghann Reifenrath, Mary Bennett, Aimee Nielsen and Wesleigh Ann Hardy.
The Coyotes had two more place in the top-12 at Drake on Friday. Kyle Ballew placed 11th in the men’s pole vault with a height of 16-4¾ and Danielle Waldner placed 12th in the shot put with a mark of 46-10.
At the Kip Janvrin Open, USD had three place in the top-five in the men’s pole vault. Ballew made the half hour trip from Des Moines to Indianola to win the event with a mark of 16-10¾. Preston Perkins would finish second at 16-4¾ and Peter Chapman tied for fourth at 15-11. Kevin Sarehkhani, who competed unattached, also tied for fourth.
The men also got a second-place finish from Isaac Allen in the 3,000 steeplechase. Allen finished the event in 9:38.96. It’s the third time he has finished second in a race this season.
On the women’s side, Ashley Thompson placed seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.91. She broke her personal-best by six-hundredths of a second and ranks sixth on the league performance list.
Tricia Watson added a 14th-place finish in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.51. She later finished eighth in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.54.
The Coyotes will compete in the final day of the Drake Relays Saturday.
Courtesy: USD Jarrod Tell