Aberdeen-born Brad Walker advanced to the Olympic pole vault finals at 1 p.m. (CT) Friday in London from among the three-member Team USA delegation.
Early Wednesday morning in the pole vault qualifying round, University of South Dakota assistant track and field coach Derek Miles failed to advance. The 39-year-old Miles was unable to clear the opening height of 17.06 feet on three tries. The 2012 Olympics are the third for Miles, who was fourth in the pole vault in Beijing and seventh in Athens.
Nebraskan Jeremy Scott also failed to qualify even after he cleared 18.04 feet, the cutoff point to make the finals. Scott, who had sisters run track at USD, had too many misses in previous rounds to qualify for the finals.
Brad Walker, who lived in Aberdeen until age 2 and whose parents still have friends here, cleared 18.37 feet. That was tied for the fourth best mark going into the finals.
The top qualifiers were France’s Renaud Lavillenie and Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe at 18.54 feet.
The next six qualifiers for the final cleared 18.37 feet with Greece’s Konstadinos Filippidis based on less misses. Walker and Evgeniy Lukyanenko of Russia are tied for fourth with Romain Mesnil (France) sixth, Dmitry Starodubtsev (Russia) seventh and Lukasz Michalski eighth.
Tied for ninth at 18.04 feet are Igor Bychkov (Spain), defending Olympic champion Steven Hooker (Australia), Jan Kudlicka (Czech Republic), Steven Lewis (Britain), Malte Mohr (Germany) and Bjoern Otto (Germany).
2012: Travis Tritt and Hunter Hayes at 8 p.m. Aug. 16;, David Nail and Jerrod Niemann at 8 p.m. Aug. 17; and Dierks Bentley and Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band at 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
2011: LeAnn Rimes, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, John Anderson, Frankie Ballard, The Bellamy Brothers.
2010: Kenny Rogers, Clay Walker, Joe Diffie, Jake Owen, Love & Theft, Joey + Rory.
2009: Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Heidi Newfield, Herb Dixon, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana.
2008: Ronnie Milsap, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Ashton Shepherd, Mark Chesnutt, Hailey Steele.
2007: Craig Morgan, Taylor Swift,Restless Heart, Blackhawk, Little Texas, Lonestar, Taryn Kranhold.
2006: Jo Dee Messina, Neal McCoy, Night Wing, Keith Anderson, Josh Gracin.
2005: The Oak Ridge Boys, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Lauren Lucas, Dustin Evans and the Goodtimes, 4-H Performing Arts Group.
2004: Chris Cagle, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Diamond Rio, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.
2003: Gary Allan, Kellie Coffey, Pat Benatar, Sawyer Brown.
2002: Lifehouse, Charlie Daniels Band, Great Pretenders, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Phil Vassar.
2001: Eve 6, Blessid Union of Souls, Terri Clark, Yankee Grey, Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
2000: Glen Campbell, Chely Wright, .38 Special, Ty Herndon.
1999: Toby Keith, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack, Mustang Sally, Montgomery Gentry, The Coates.
1998: Tracy Byrd, Bill Engvall, The Lynns, Little River Band, Kenny Chesney, BR5-49.
1997: Rhett Akins, Martina McBride, Williams and Ree, Joe Diffie.
1996: Chris LeDoux, The Trenchcoats, John Berry, Williams and Ree, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Ricochet.
1995: Patty Lovelace, Blackhawk, Neil McCoy, the Guess Who.
1994: Little Texas, Diamond Rio, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Velvet Touch, Michelle Wright.
1993: Billy Dean, Confederate Railroad, Ronna Reeves, Mark Chesnutt, Restless Heart.
1992: Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Lee Greenwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Pirates of the Mississippi.
1991: The Statler Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Baillie and the Boys, Joe Diffie, Restless Heart.
1990: Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Bellamy Brothers, Highway 101.
1989: The Escape Club, Charley Pride, Sawyer Brown, Skip Ewing, Lucy J. Dalton.
1988: Three Dog Night, Tanya Tucker, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Highway 101, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.
1987: Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Sha Na Na, Gary Puckett.
1986: Exile, Lee Greenwood, Herman’s Hermits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Grass Roots, The Monkees.
North Dakota State has been picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference crown in 2012. NDSU is the defending national champion and shared the league title with UNI last year. The Bison received the top spot, earning 37 of 38 first-place votes, in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.
The Bison return six starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that went 14-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference last year.
UNI is picked second as the Panthers earned 300 total points to edge Youngstown State (291) and Illinois State (287) in the voting. The Panthers represented the league in the playoffs last year and compiled a 10-3 overall record and 7-1 league slate. UNI has been ranked in the Top 25 in 94 consecutive polls.
Indiana State is fifth in this year’s poll, with 228 points, while South Dakota State (182) and Southern Illinois (167) follow closely behind. Newcomer South Dakota clocks in at No. 8 in the pre-season poll with 97 points, followed by Western Illinois (90) and Missouri State (69).
A pre-season favorite has claimed the league crown 14 times (in 26 previous polls). UNI was picked to win the league last season.
2012 Valley Football Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes) — Points
1. North Dakota State (37) — 379
2. UNI — 300
3. Youngstown State — 291
4. Illinois State (1) — 287
5. Indiana State — 228
6. South Dakota State — 182
7. Southern Illinois — 167
8. South Dakota — 97
9. Western Illinois — 90
10. Missouri State — 69
2012 Missouri Valley Football Preseason Team
Name, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown / High School
QB- Kurt Hess, YSU 6-3 230 Jr. Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne
RB- Shakir Bell, INS 5-8 185 Jr. Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
Jamaine Cook, YSU 5-9 215 Sr. Cleveland (Ohio) Midpark High
FB- Jordan Neukirch, ILS 6-2 225 Jr. Algonquin (Ill.) Huntley High
WR- Aaron Rollin, SDSU 6-1 210 Sr. Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High
Tyrone Walker, ILS 5-11 190 Sr. Indianapolis (Ind.) Cardinal Ritter
TE- MyCole Pruitt, SIU 6-3 241 So. St. Louis (Mo.) Kirkwood High
OL- Chris Elkins, YSU 6-4 290 Jr. Beaver Falls (Pa.) High
Jimmy Holtschlag, WIU 6-5 300 Sr. Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame
FN Lutz, INS 6-3 290 Sr. W. Lafayette (Ind.) Lafayette Harrison
Mark Pratt, YSU 6-3 295 Sr. Tooele (Utah) High
Bryan Witzmann, SDSU 6-7 300 Jr Houlton (Wis.) Somerset High
PK- Tyler Sievertsen, UNI 6-2 185 Jr. Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy High
DL- Kenneth Boatright, SIU 6-4 244 Sr. Bolingbrook (Ill.) Midland Lutheran
Ben Obaseki, INS 6-3 260 Sr. Washington (Ind.) High
Nate Palmer, ILS 6-2 235 Sr. Chicago (Ill.) Simeon High
Kayon Swanson, SIU 6-1 282 Sr. Southfield (Mich.) High
LB- Aaron Archie, INS 6-0 235 Sr. Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Evan Frierson, ILS 6-2 240 Sr. Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson
Tyler Starr, USD 6-5 236 Jr. Little Rock (Iowa) George-Little Rock
Jacolby Washington, INS 6-1 235 Sr. Deltona (Fla.) Deltona Trinity Christian
DB- Colten Heagle, NDSU 5-10 200 Jr. Appleton (Wis.) Kimberly High
Varmah Sonie, UNI 5-9 166 Sr. Burnsville (Minn.) Apple Valley
Marcus Williams, NDSU 5-11 195 Jr. Minneapolis (Minn.) Hopkins High
Winston Wright, SDSU 5-10 185 Jr. Lee's Summit (Mo.) Blue Springs South
P- Lucas Hileman, INS 6-1 195 Sr. Anna (Ill.) Anna-Jonesboro High
RS- Steve Strother, SIU 5-8 170 Sr. Culpepper (Va.) Eastern View
Honorable Mention (minimum of five votes):
QB Matt Brown (Illinois State); WR Will Powell (South Dakota); TE Matt Thayer (Missouri State); OL Misha Danilov (UNI); OL Billy Turner (North Dakota State); OL Tim Ross (South Dakota); PK Kevin Robb (South Dakota); DE Cole Jirik (North Dakota State); DL Andy Mink (South Dakota State); DL Dwight Harris (Western Illinois); LB Teven Williams (Youngstown State); LB Andrew Beisel (Missouri State); LB Travis Beck (North Dakota State); DB Kieron James (Western Illinois); DB Garrett Scott (UNI); P Cole Zwiefelhofer (South Dakota); RS Ryan Smith (North Dakota State).
Carmen Meyer reported that the doctors said the surgery on her husband went well Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities.
Former Northern State basketball coach Don Meyer had a permanent pacemaker put in. He also recently had three heart valves replaced with mechanical ones and a hole in his heart repaired.
The damage was done from the secretion of carcinoid tumors. Meyer has been fighting carcinoid cancer since it was discovered after his car accident in September 2008 where he lost part of his left leg.
Northern State said they are passing along well wishes and cards to Coach Meyer and wife Carmen. People can send them to:
Coach Don Meyer
Northern State University
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Don Meyer will have another surgery Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities.
The former Northern State basketball coach will have a permanent pacemaker put in. Northern State officials said Meyer had a “heart episode” Sunday night, leading doctors to the decision to put the pacemaker in Wednesday morning.
Officials also said the coach was in “good spirits” Monday, making lists of things to do — a well-known trait of the world-wide known coach. Meyer also emphasized that he and Carmen are eager to return home to Aberdeen.
Doctors told the Meyers that Don’s surgery Wednesday morning “will be trickier” because Meyer is still recovering from his surgery last week, school officials said.
Meyer had three heart valves replaced with mechanical ones and a hole in his heart repaired last week. The damage was done from the secretion of carcinoid tumors. Meyer has been fighting carcinoid cancer since it was discovered after his car accident in September 2008 where he lost part of his left leg.
Northern State said they are passing along well wishes and cards to Coach Meyer and Carmen. People can send them to:
Coach Don Meyer
Northern State University
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401