Track team has two champions, many placers

Dustin Veurink

Dustin Veurink

Jared Vlastuin and Jake Brinkmann made history at the Summit League Championships in Fargo, ND on Feb. 28 to March 1.

On day one, Vlastuin won the long jump event, the first individual title by a Jackrabbit at the Championships. His jump was 23 feet, 4.75 inches. Teammate Corbin Kratovil also placed in long jump with a jump of 22-7.25 good for fifth place.

Brinkmann also took home an individual title in the weight throw. His throw of 59 feet 5.75 inches broke the school record. Teammate Sam McInerney placed third with a throw of 52-11.5, third all-time.

“It was a tremendous accomplishment for both young men to win individual titles in the Summit League Indoor Meet,” said head coach Rod DeHaven.

Junior Marshall Kambestad took home sixth in the 3,000 meter run in 8 minutes, 38.40 seconds.

The distance medley relay of Jared Ailts, Evan Bunkers, Eddie Stenger and Greg Vollmer placed third with a time of 10:11.84.

The women’s distance medley relay team also made history on day one. The team of Danielle Burke, Megan Lauseng, Krista Creager and Ashley Storm broke the Bison Sports Arena record in the event with 12:07.03.

The women dominated the weight throw competition. The Jacks placed third through sixth. Leading the way was Jennifer Mack with a throw of 55-3.50.

“Our women’s throwers are very important to our success as a team,” said DeHaven.

Lora Shearer and Rachael Hakk took home second and fourth in high jump with jumps of 5-6 and 5-4.25.

Nicole Davis and Kelsey Aune placed fourth and fifth in the 3,000 meter run in 10:07.36 and 10:09.11.

Both teams were in second heading into day two.

Luke Leishner placed fourth in the 400 meter dash in 49.61 and Brinkmann also placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 50-6.

Senior Brittany Garner followed her school record performance in the pole vault last meet with a second place finish clearing of 11-11.75.

Brooke Garner placed third in the shot put with a throw of 46-2.

The women finished fourth and the men finished sixth.

“We will learn from this and hopefully improve outdoors,” said DeHaven.

The Jacks have a big break until they split up to begin their outdoor season on March 26 to 27 at Columbia, Mo., and March 27 at Fayetteville, Ark.