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PEORIA, Ill. — South Dakota senior Madeline Huglen paced the Coyote women to a runner-up finish at the Bradley Pink Classic held on Newman Golf Course Friday afternoon.

Huglen completed the 6,000-meter course in a personal best time of 21 minutes, 7.4 seconds, for 13th place. She clocked a 16-second personal best, improving her time from last year’s NCAA Midwest Regional. It also marked the sixth-fastest time by a Coyote on the course.

Nationally-ranked No. 15 Iowa State captured the team title with 54 points, while South Dakota finished runner-up with 143 points. The Coyotes edged out third-place Illinois with 147 points.

Senior Megan Billington placed 18th overall in 21:17.5 as the second Coyote across the line. It marks the ninth-fastest time by a Coyote on the course.

The pack of sophomore Jonna Bart, junior Kianna Stewart and sophomore Kelsi Kearney rounded out the Coyotes’ scoring five. Bart knocked 40 seconds off her personal best, clocking 21:35.6 for 37th place. Stewart finished just behind in 38th place and a time of 21:38.3. Kearney clocked a 36-second personal best of 21:40.5 for 40th place.

Sophomore Laura Nelson and redshirt-freshman Macy Heinz were the Coyote pushers on Friday. Nelson finished 100th with a time of 22:14.1. Heinz improved her season best by 30 seconds with a time of 22:20.4.

The Coyote men were led by senior Eldon Warner for the fourth straight meet. Warner placed 14th with a time of 24:52.9. The senior matched his time on the Newman Golf Course from last season down to the second. He holds the third- and fourth-fastest times on the course.

Freshman Merga Gemeda, A former Sioux City North standout, took 79th with a time of 25:52.4, improving his season best by 51 seconds. Sophomore Kallo Arno crossed the finish line in a 17-second personal best of 26:10.5 for 111th place.

South Dakota finished 20th in the men’s team race with 527 points.

The Coyotes enter championship season on Oct. 27 with the Summit League Championships held at Miracle Hill Golf Course in Omaha.


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