The honors keep coming for University of South Dakota junior Jeff Mettler of Eureka.
He was named the USD male athlete of the year this week. This winter, he was the Summit League indoor track and field championship most valuable performer after leading the Coyotes to its first league championship. Last fall, he was the runner-up at the league’s cross country championships.
This weekend, he won an event at the prestigious 104th running of the Drake Relays. Mettler, a 4.0 student, won the university 3,000-meter steeplechase in a school record time of 8 minutes, 51.99 seconds, earning him the Summit League track and field athlete of the week.