Great West Track Invades Dome

For a second consecutive year, the University of South Dakota will host a Division I track conference meet.

Starting today (Friday) and continuing Saturday, the eight schools that comprise the Great West Conference will take to the DakotaDome for the 2010 Indoor Track & Field Championships.

(You can read my preview here)

Action begins today at 10 a.m. with the pentathlon/heptathlon, followed by individual events and relays at 1:30 p.m. There will be a number of completed events on the meet’s first day, with the majority of the finals set for Saturday.

And as simply a reminder, here are the schools in the Great West Conference: Chicago State, Houston Baptist, New Jersey Tech, Seattle University (just for track), USD, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley.

Last year, the USD women rolled to the team title, distancing second place Utah Valley 271-135. The Coyotes won 12 individual titles along the way, highlighted by Yankton native Ramsey Fitzsimmons who was named the Indoor Female Athlete of the Year.

And on the men’s side a year ago, USD beat Utah Valley 178-146.5 for the team title. Much closer on that side, obviously.

And I imagine it’ll be the same story in 2010 — Coyote women are easily the pre-meet favorites to repeat, while the men’s race figures to be close once again.

On the women’s side, USD owns the top times/scores in nine events, including the top four scores in the pole vault and top three in the triple jump. And the Coyote men rank first in two events coming into the weekend.

(You can check out the Great West performance list here)

If you can’t make to Vermillion to check out the action, the USD athletic department will provide live results and free live video. And the Press & Dakotan will be on hand with pictures and stories for Saturday’s paper.

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