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2 Coyotes Remain Alive at NCAA Track and Field Regionals

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KWSN) – Teivaskie Lewin qualified for Saturday’s 110-meter hurdles quarterfinals after placing third in his heat during the event’s first round as South Dakota track and field continued competition at the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round held at the University of Arkansas on Friday. 

Lewin finished the race in 14.09 seconds, which was 18th-best in the field of 48. The top three in each of Friday’s six heats plus the next six fastest times qualified for the Saturday’s quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will have three heats starting at 7:05 p.m. with the top three finishers in each heat plus the next three fastest times moving on to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 11-14. 

Also on the track, senior Jeff Mettler wrapped up his decorated collegiate career at South Dakota with a 31st-place finish in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:07.64. He finished 11th in his heat. During his collegiate career, Mettler qualified for the west region preliminaries three times, won a combined eight Summit League indoor and outdoor track titles and was named an Academic All-American in 2013.

Two Coyotes also competed in field events on Friday. Ashley Thompson finished 25th in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 3¼ inches, and Denton Stephens finished 31st in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 191-2.

Outside of Lewin, USD will also have Dustin Valind competing in the men’s discus at 3 p.m. Saturday is the last day of the meet.

Courtesy: USD Sports Information

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