Ackman shatters school records; Kopfmann takes long jump crown


Staff And Wire Reports

The SDSU women’s track team competed at the Nebraska Open on Feb. 20. Sara Ackman led the Jacks with an outstanding day, breaking two school records in Lincoln, Neb.

In the shot put, Ackman placed first with the throw of 51 feet 3.75 inches that beat the school record and reached an NCAA provisional mark. Her throw broke her own school record she set earlier this year when she threw for 48-10.75.

Ackman also broke the record in the weight throw, earning a first-place finish with a throw of 58-02.00. Both throws were Summit League bests this season, leading by almost three feet for the weight throw and by over six feet in the shot put.

“The highlight of the meet on the women’s side was clearly Sara Ackman establishing two school records in the shot put and weight throw and provisionally qualifying for the NCAA’s in the shot put,” SDSU head coach Rod DeHaven said. “She currently sits 18th on the NCAA Division-I list and probably needs to throw about nine inches farther to become the first track athlete to make it to the NCAA Division-I meet in the ‘modern era.'”

For the high jump competition, Rachael Hakk tied her career best when she placed seventh for the Jacks with a jump of 5-05.00. Her jump tied her seventh place all-time SDSU record.

In the long jump, Tamiko Kopfmann led the Jacks with a distance of 17-10.25, good for first place. Teammate Andrea Cota earned third with a jump of 17-02.75.

Christi Rosenbrook and Megan Lauseng had strong performances in the 400-meter dash, Rosenbrook earned a 10th-place finish in 59.84 and Lauseng got 12th in 1:00.72.

In the 200-meter dash, Lauseng and Rosenbrook got 11th and 13th respectively in times of 26.88 and 27.01.

The Jacks will compete in the Summit League Indoor Championships next weekend.

“Like on the men’s side, NDSU appears to be a clear cut favorite to win the league championship,” DeHaven said. “On paper we believe that we can be second but will have to fight off Oral Roberts to make that happen.”

The Summit League Indoor Championships will take place in Sterling, Ill., on Feb. 27 and 28.