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March 4, 2011

Track & Field Has Strong Showing On Second Day Of NAIA Championships

Geneva, Ohio – Black Hills State University had a number of student-athletes compete on the second day of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.

"We had a good day today," said head coach Travis Covey.  "We had student-athletes set three school records and had multiple personal bests."

Mila Andric competed in three events on the day.  Andric opened her day with the prelims of the 80-meter hurdles.  She posted a time of 8.85 seconds and advanced to the semifinals where she ran a time of 8.94 seconds to move on to the finals on Saturday.  Andric also qualified for the finals of the 400-meter dash after posting a time of 56.19 seconds.  In her final event of the day, the 200-meter dash, Andric just missed qualifying for the finals by .06 seconds.  She ran the 200 meters in 24.92 seconds.  Both of Andric's times in the 200 and 400 meters are Black Hills State records.

Erin Curran also competed on the track on Friday in the mile run.  Curran ran a time of 5:04.59.  She will advance to the finals on Saturday.

Five women competed in field events on Friday.  Alaina Yaracz, Cody Milbourn and Lory Johnson all competed in the weight throw.  Yaracz finished eighth with a toss of 16.49 meters (54-1.25).  Milbourn placed tenth and Johnson placed 16th with throws of 16.13 meters (52-11.00) and 15.84 meters (51-11.75), respectively.  Lisa Koch was ninth in the pole vault clearing a height of 3.58 meters (11-9.00).  In the long jump, Ehrin Fuhrmann posted a distance of 4.96 meters (16-3.25) to place 23rd.

Covey stated, "Our throwers all did a nice job.  Lisa didn't have the day that she wanted.  With that said, her career is not defined by this one meet."

Only two men were in competition for the Yellow Jackets.  Cole Nicholas set a school record in the weight throw with a toss of 18.91 meters (62-0.5) en route to a fifth place finish.  The mark is the second longest by any athlete in the state of South Dakota.  Jed Morgan ran in the 3,000 meters and finished 14th in a time of 8:36.17.

"I am extremely proud of Cole.  His mark was almost 4.5 feet past his personal best.  We are all very proud of what Cole has done.  This is an outstanding way to end his indoor career," said Covey.

Black Hills State will wrap up competition at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday, March 5.

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