Burns, Jasinki pace Jacks in final indoor tune-up


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The SDSU men’s track team competed in its last meet before the Summit League Indoor Championships. Sean Burns led the Jacks by setting a school record in the weight throw with a second place finish at the Nebraska Open with a throw of 58 feet 10.75 inches.

Burns’ throw was the best in the Summit League so far this season by 14.5 inches, and it broke his previous record, which he set earlier this year when he threw for 57-8.25 inches.

“For Sean he had been struggling recently, but heading into the meet he was confident that he was going to throw far,” SDSU head coach Rod DeHaven said.

Andrew Duitsman placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.33 seconds. Duitsman’s time tied his own fifth place all-time record at SDSU.

Duitsman earned a ninth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.61, good for eight place all-time at SDSU.

In the 60-meter dash competition, JaRon Harris led SDSU with a ninth-place finish in 7.07 seconds, followed by teammate Landon Lupi in 10th. Lupi ran his 60 meter in 7.12, which was good for sixth all-time at SDSU.

Corey Beffert earned a 15th-place finish and Josh Sundall came in 25th for the Jacks.

The high jump contest saw three Jacks place in the top 10. Camden Helder earned a third-place finish with a jump of 6-08.25. Ben Jasinski took fifth with 6-06.25, and Jared Vlastuin got eighth with a height of 6-04.25.

Vlastuin also had success in the long jump, earning a fifth place finish when he jumped a distance of 21-08.00. In the triple jump, Jasinski placed second with a jump of 47-10.00.

“Some of the usual suspects that had good meets were Andrew Duitsman, establishing a personal best in the 200 meters and tying his best in the hurdles, Evan Bunkers ran well in the 400 meters, Cam Helder looked great in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 8 inches and Mike Krsnak ran a lifetime best in the mile, going 4:16,” DeHaven said.

Up next for the men’s track team is the Summit League Indoor Championships in Sterling, Ill., on Feb. 27 and 28.

“Heading into the Summit League meet we should be in a tight battle for second or third place with Southern Utah and Oral Roberts,” DeHaven said. “NDSU appears to have too much depth and quality for anyone else in the league to match. For us to get second, many things would have to go right and a few things would have to go wrong for the other teams, particularly Southern Utah. It should be very fun to see how it plays out; I believe that our men are ready to go.”