Megan Glisar, Bethany Buell and Jeff O'Connell all started their outdoor seasons with wins while competing for the University of South Dakota at the Arizona State Invitational on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.
Glisar (Sergeant Bluff, IA) set a new school outdoor record in the women's high jump by jumping six feet (6-0). Her height tied the meet record and moved her into first in the NCAA Division I West Region standings.
USD also had two top-five finishes in the women's pole vault. Bethany Buell set a new meet record with a vault 14-4½. Buell's mark is the best in the nation and is half an inch shy of the USD outdoor record she set last year (14-5).
Jeff O'Connell took the men's long jump title with a leap of 23-11¼, which is eighth-best in the region. It was the best mark the sophomore has had at an outdoor meet in his Coyote career, beating his previous best by a foot.
Adding to USD's field performances was Denton Stephens' fourth-place in the men's hammer throw (180-10), Kyle McKelvey's fifth-place finish in the men's shot put (55-6¼), Cody Linder's fifth in the men's triple jump (46-9½) and Tansha Clarke's fifth in the women's triple jump (37-0¼).
The Coyotes will split up to compete at the Texas Relays and the Razorback Spring Invitational next week. The Texas Relays will last from March 27 to March 30, while the Razorback Spring Invitational will be held on March 30.
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