BY JEREMY HOECK
Success outside the DakotaDome in track and inside in women’s basketball proved to be the athletic highlights of 2012 for the University of South Dakota.
There were other key moments over the past 12 months in Coyote Land, including some notable wins over rival South Dakota State, as well as a head coach and athletic director leaving for bigger schools, but the top moments were reserved for outdoor track and women’s basketball.
A pair of Coyote women’s pole vaulters went on to high-profile success at the Division I national meet, as Bethany Buell finished third among all D-I vaulters and teammate Emily Grove took seventh place.
The women’s basketball program went 23-8 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT, its second consecutive Division I post-season appearance.
Here’s a look back at the top moments of 2012. Are we missing any?
12 — South Dakota State routs USD men’s basketball 86-56 in Brookings in first meeting since 2004.
9 — Men’s basketball exacts revenge on SDSU, 72-68, at the DakotaDome
13 — Women’s basketball beats rival SDSU 59-53 in overtime game at the DakotaDome
25 — Women’s track takes second, men fourth at Summit League Indoor Championships
2 — NCAA notifies USD of official completion of Division I transition
12 — Women’s basketball earns WNIT berth
15 — Women’s basketball beats Drake in WNIT opener
19 — Women’s basketball falls to Colorado in WNIT second round at the DakotaDome; Coyotes finish season 23-8
28 — Offensive lineman Tom Compton drafted in sixth round by NFL’s Washington Redskins, first Coyote drafted since 1990.
12 — Women’s and men’s track finish second at Summit League Outdoor Championships; Analisa Huschle and Kyle McKelvey named Newcomers of the Year
21 — Women’s basketball coach Ryun Williams resigns for same job at Colorado State University
4 — Amy Williams named new women’s basketball coach
6 — Pole vaulters Bethany Buell (third) and Emily Grove (seventh) earn first team All-American track honors at NCAA National Championships; Alexa Duling earns second team honors in 400-meter hurdles
14 — Pole vaulter Emily Grove finishes sixth at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain
8 — Sanford Health donates $20 million to USD for athletic facilities and student scholarships
8 — Only win of the season for Coyote football is a 31-21 win over Colgate (N.Y.), which would later win the Patriot League title
11 — USD athletic facility projects approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents
27 — Men’s, women’s cross country teams finish second at the Summit League Championships
2 — Volleyball team sweeps SDSU 3-0 at the DakotaDome, extends winning streak over Jackrabbits to four
4 — Two days later, USD volleyball sweeps two-time Summit League champion North Dakota State 3-0 in Vermillion.
8 — USD, SDSU announce “South Dakota Showdown Series” for all sports, with academic component
17 — SDSU beats the Coyotes 31-8 in Brookings in first football meeting since 2003; USD closes 1-10 season
13 — Athletic director David Sayler resigns for same job at Miami University (Ohio); David Herbster named interim A.D.