AUSTIN, Texas(KWSN)– Junior thrower Cody Snyder became the first athlete in USD’s men’s track team history to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships after finishing seventh in the discus at the West Region Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas on Thursday. The top 12 finishers in the event qualified for the championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore., starting June 5.
Snyder threw 186 feet, 11 inches on his second attempt to break both his USD and state records by three inches. He set those records with a 186-8 mark he had at the Double Duals last year. He will be back in action on Friday competing with teammate Kyle McKelvey in the shot put at 6 p.m.
On the track, Alexa Duling moved on to the quarterfinals in the women’s 400-meter hurdles after finishing third in her heat with a time of 59.15 seconds. The top-three in each of the six heats and the next fastest six times moved on to the quarterfinals. That round will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with the top-three finishers in the three heats and the next fastest three times moving to the championships.
Erik Hill completed USD’s day by finishing 44th in the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 54.55.
South Dakota will have nine athletes competing on Friday, including three who are regionally ranked within the top-12 in events. In the women’s pole vault, Bethany Buell has the top mark in the nation at 14-7½ while Emily Grove has the eighth-best mark in the region at 14-0. That event starts at 1 p.m.
Megan Glisar is ranked fourth in the region in the women’s high jump at 6-0 and will compete at 6 p.m.
Courtesy of University of South Dakota