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Mettler, Sarehkhani Win; USD Men Lead After Day One Of Summit Championships


The University of South Dakota won a pair of league titles on the first day of The Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jeff Mettler defended his league 3,000-meter run championship, finishing in 8:19.85, just over a seond off his record time set at last year’s meet.  It is Mettler’s third Summit League indoor title.

Kevin Sarehkhani claimed his first Summit League pole vault championship.  He won a four-way tie with a vault of 16-feet 4.75-inches, topping teammate Peter Chapman and North Dakota State’s Grant Mjelstad and Andy Lillejord on attempts.  Sarehkhani did not miss until reaching the final height of 16-10.75.  Chapman finished second by having his first miss at a higher height than Mjelstad and by clearing 16-4.75 on fewer attempts than Lillejord.

The Coyotes lead the team standings in the men’s competition with 68 points.  South Dakota State is third with 26 points.  North Dakota State leads the women’s competition with 65 points.  USD is third with 30 and the Jackrabbits are in fourth place with 24 points.

Competition concludes Saturday at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse.


Jeff Mettler, University of South Dakota Coyotes track and field
University of South Dakota

North Dakota State 65
Nebraska-Omaha 34
South Dakota 30
South Dakota State 24
Fort Wayne 20
Western Illinois 14

South Dakota 68
North Dakota State 65
South Dakota State 26
Western Illinois 22


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