AUSTIN, Texas—Five Coyote track and field athletes will represent the red and white at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.


South Dakota makes up five of the Summit League's 19 entries to the NCAA meet.


Senior Lara Boman competes in the hammer throw, senior Ben Hammer is in the discus, junior Chris Nilsen competes in the pole vault, junior Zack Anderson is in the high jump and junior Helen Falda competes in the pole vault. All five return from appearances at the 2018 meet.


The top-eight performers in each event earn first-team All-America honors while places 9-16 earn second-team All-America recognition. Those finishing in places 17-24 receive honorable mention accolades.


South Dakota has 10 All-Americans who have picked up 16 All-America honors outdoors since 2011, highlighted by a pair of NCAA Champions in Bethany Buell (2013) and Nilsen (2018).


Chris Nilsen, pole vault

Wednesday | June 5 | 4:30 p.m.

NCAA rank: 2nd

PR: 19-2 ¾ (5.86m) | SB: 19-2 ¼ (5.85m)


Lara Boman, hammer throw

Thursday | June 6 | 4:30 p.m.

NCAA rank: 22nd

PR: 213-9 (65.15m) | SB: 211-7 (64.51m)


Helen Falda, pole vault

Thursday | June 6 | 7:30 p.m.

NCAA rank: 7th

PR: 14-5 ¼ (4.40m) | SB: 14-5 ¼ (4.40m)


Zack Anderson, high jump

Friday | June 7 | 7 p.m.

NCAA rank: t-5th

PR: 7-4 ¼ (2.24m) | SB: 7-4 ¼ (2.24m)


Ben Hammer, discus

Friday | June 7 | 7:05 p.m.

NCAA rank: 27th

PR: 196-6 (59.89m) | SB: 188-6 (57.46m)


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