Pulse clocks the fifth best time nationally, 4×400 breaks record

WALNUT, Calif. – Senior Jacy Puls won the 400-meter hurdles and the women’s 4×400-meter relay shattered the South Dakota school record and highlighted Saturday’s elite action at the Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Pulse took the belt in the elite women’s 400 meter hurdles in a near-record time of 56.17 seconds. This spring she rises to fifth place in the country. She finished as a second-team All-American in the event last spring after running a personal best of 56.11 at the NCAA West Preliminaries to reach the national meet. Pulse is the South Dakota school record holder in the 400 hurdles.

The quartet of juniors Anna RobinsonPulse, senior Erin Kinney and redshirt junior Sara Reifenrath finished second in the elite invitational portion of the 4×400 meter relay after crossing the finish line in 3:34.44. The time is more than six seconds higher than last year’s school record. Unofficially, Pulse split 52.03 seconds and Reifenrath anchored in 52.75 seconds. The quartet’s time ranks 23rd in the country this spring.

Kinney, Pulse, junior women’s 4×100 meter relay Averi Schmeichel and Reifenrath placed 11th in the elite invitational portion of the event, clocking 44.80 seconds. The same quartet set a new school record last weekend at the South Dakota Challenge with a mark of 44.39.

Kinney and fifth-year senior Dylan Kautz were invited to the women’s and men’s elite 100 meters by invitation respectively. Kinney clocked a time of 11.57 seconds and Kautz recorded a time of 10.61 seconds.

South Dakota returns to the Midwest next weekend for the Drake Relays at the big blue oval in Des Moines, Iowa.