University of South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen won the national title in the men’s pole vault last night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships with an all-time meet record. Nilsen had a vault of 19 feet, 1 ½ inches to break the previous college championship record set 22 years ago. It’s the second national title for Nilsen in the pole vault. Coyotes competing later today in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon are women’s pole vaulter Helen Falda and Lara Boman in the women’s hammer throw. South Dakota State junior Rachel King runs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase today in Oregon.
The University of South Dakota football team will open their fall season Saturday, September 1st with a 6:00 night game at Kansas State. It will be the fifth matchup in history between the schools on the gridiron. The Coyotes will host Northern Colorado Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 in their home opener in the Dome.
The Yankton Reds swept a youth baseball doubleheader over Sioux Falls West on Wednesday by scores of 9-7 and 13-4. The Yankton Post 12 Legion baseball squad will host the 15-team Lewis & Clark Classic this weekend with games Friday and Saturday at Yankton, Vermillion and Crofton and the championship round Sunday at Riverside Field. In Legion baseball last night, Tabor blanked Hartington 11-0.
In amateur baseball, Menno rolled past Irene 11-1 as Cody Ulmer pitched the complete game victory allowing just six hits. Tonight in South Central League baseball, unbeaten Tabor has a game at Menno…Irene travels to Crofton…and the Yankton Tappers visit Lesterville.
In American Association baseball on Wednesday, Sioux City downed Cleburne 6-3 which upped the Explorers record to a league-best 16 and 4. The Sioux Falls Canaries fell to 6 and 12 on the season after being shut out 8-0 against Chicago.