VERMILLION, S.D. – - University of South Dakota track and field athletes Bethany Buell and Emily Grove have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the pole vault and will compete in the qualifying round starting Friday in Eugene, Ore. It is the first trip to the trials for both Coyote standouts. The two Coyotes will compete at 7:30 p.m. Central time on Friday in the pole vault’s opening round. Depending on heights cleared in the qualifying rounds, between 12 and 16 athletes will qualify for the final round, which is set for June 24 at 4:25 CT. Buell is ranked in a tie for 11thgoing into the trials, thanks to her school record of 14-5 1/4 that she cleared at the NCAA National Championships on June 6. Grove learned late Thursday night that she qualified for the trials. She cleared 14-2 1/2 at the Olympic Trial Tune-up in Yankton, S.D., on June 2 to attain the U.S. Olympic Trial B qualifying standard. South Dakota assistant coach Derek Miles, a two-time Olympian, will begin competition at the US Olympic Trials in the men’s pole vault on June 25. Miles recorded a vault of 18-9 1/4 (5.72 meters) in Germany in July 2011 to surpass the A qualifying standard of 5.70.
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