VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota track and field athletes Bethany Buell and Alexa Duling have been named the 2012 Summit League Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday. The honors, which are voted on by the league’s coaches, are the highest individual honor a track athlete can attain from the league. Duling, a junior from Gregory, was named the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after earning second team All-America honors with a 12th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (57.70) at her first NCAA Championships. At The Summit League Outdoor Championships, she swept the 100- and 400-meter hurdles with times of 13.90 and 1:00.24. Buell, a sophomore from St. Louis, collected the Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award after earning first team All-America honors and a Summit League best third-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships. Buell captured a league-best two Athlete of the Week selections and won the league pole vault title with a league-record height of 14-0 1/2. The two Coyotes are the first to earn Athlete of the Year honors in a sport from the Summit League.
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