VERMILLION — South Dakota senior Merga Gemeda has been added to the NCAA West Preliminary field in the 10,000 meters following a medical scratch. Gemeda increases the Coyotes’ total entries to 22, which leads the Summit League and equals last year’s total.

Gemeda, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, posted his best 10,000 meter time in March at the Raleigh Relays. He finished with a school record mark of 28:58.12. Gemeda finished runner-up at the Summit League Championships last week. This will be Gemeda’s first career appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary.

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