Coyote Athletics adds four
VERMILLION, SD – South Dakota Athletics/Cross Country Director Lucky Huber is pleased to announce the addition of Sammy Neil, Isaiah J. Richards, Alexus Sindelar and Reese Young-Oestmann to the athletics program.
Samy Neil | Jumps/Sprints | St. Andrew, Jamaica | Excelsior HS | criminal justice
A transfer from the University of Mary, Sammy Neil joins the Coyotes with three seasons of eligibility remaining. Neil was an All-American long jumper last season, placing seventh in the NCAA Division II Championships with a jump of 19-8 ¼ (6.00m). She earned USTFCCCA All Region honors for Mauraders. As a prep athlete, she held personal bests of 18-8 ½ (5.70 m) in the long jump and 12.04 seconds in the 100 meters. Neil plans to major in criminal justice in South Dakota.
Isaiah J. Richards | Sprints | Beresford, SD | Beresford HS | Company
A sprinter from Beresford, South Dakota, Isaiah J. Richards earned three spots at the South Dakota Track and Field Championships. He qualified for the state meet in four different relays for Beresford High School as a junior. Richards also played football, basketball and baseball for the Watchdogs. He graduated with Beresford’s single-game record for receiving yards as well as the second most yards in a single season. He earned all-state honors in 2021 and full Big East Conference honors in consecutive years as a junior and senior. He was also a member of Beresford’s three consecutive state titles from 2018 to 2020. Richards plans to major in business in South Dakota.
Alexus Sindelar | away | Pierce, Neb. | Pierce HS | Kinesiology & Sport Management
State champion cross country runner from Pierce, Nebraska, Alexus Sindelar won four consecutive medals at the Nebraska Cross Country Championships from 2018-21. She won the state title as a junior to go with a medal bronze in his first season. The younger sister of current cross-country racer Coyote Mason Sindelar, she holds personal bests of 5:21.44 for 1,600 meters, 11:47.21 for 3,200 meters and 19:18 for 5,000 meters on the cross country course. She holds Pierce’s school record for the 1,600 meters and ranks third all-time for the 3,200 meters. Sindelar won three medals from the 2022 Nebraska Track and Field Championships, finishing second in the 1,600 meters, third in the 4×800 meters relay and fifth in the 3,200 meters. Off the track, she also participated in basketball and dancing. She also won all-state academic honors three times per play in cross country and track and field. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Sindelar plans to major in kinesiology and sports management at SHU.
Reese Young Oestmann | away | Omaha, Neb. | Westside HS
Distance runner from Omaha, Nebraska, Reese Young-Oestmann medaled at the 2021 Nebraska Cross Country Championships her senior season with a 15th-place finish. She qualified four times for the national cross-country competition and three times qualified for track and field. Oestmann ran one leg of Westside’s second 4×800-meter relay at the 2022 Nebraska Track and Field Championships. She punched her ticket to the state track meet every three years in the 3,200 meters and twice in the 1,600 meters. She holds personal bests of 5:19 for 1,600 meters, 11:22 for 3,200 meters and 19:23 for 5,000 meters on the cross country course. She has won Academic Honors from All States and the All-Metro Academic Conference.