Men’s track and field claim first Summit League title


Miranda Sampson

Senior Kyle Burdick scored 30 individual points, receiving the Men’s Track Championship MVP during the Summit League Championship Track Meet on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

Trenton Abrego, Sports Editor

For the first time in school history, the South Dakota State men’s track and field team claimed the Summit League Indoor Championship.

It’s just the second time since 1991 that the Jackrabbits won an indoor conference championship.

For the Jackrabbits, Kyle Burdick was named the most valuable track athlete and scored 30 of the 220 total points. Burdick joins Joel Reichow, who won the award in 2017, as the only other Jackrabbit to win the distinction.

Burdick continued his dominance and won his sixth career event in the Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships. The sixth win puts Burdick at fourth in conference history for the most career indoor championships.

That wasn’t the only way Burdick dominated. Burdick won three events, making him one of three athletes to have that distinction in the conference.

Sam Zenner, who won the men’s 60-meter and 200-meter races, was named the most outstanding performer. Zenner joins Burdick as the second Jackrabbit to win the award in as many years.

Bryant Courter won his second career league championship and was the first Jackrabbit to win the long jump. His jump of 24-06 ½ was the second-best in school history.

South Dakota State edged North Dakota State in the men’s portion by 13 points.

As the men succeeded, the women faltered in their portion and placed fourth with 76 points. North Dakota State took the women’s title with 214.5 points.

Despite the women finishing fourth, Rachel King excelled once again. King also won her sixth career indoor championship; tying her for fifth all-time on the women’s side.

Krista Steele defended her 800-meter reign from the 2018 seasons, where she won both the indoor and outdoor totals.

Atop the all-league performances, 25 place-winners were Jackrabbits.


For the men the placewinners were Sam Zenner (60-meter, 200-meter), Landon Larson (60-meter), Colby Hilton (200-meter), Wyatt Gatrost (800-meter, distance meter relay), Riley Bauer (800-meter), Derek Boekelheider (800-meter), Kyle Burdick (mile, 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter), Joseph Minor-Williams (5,000-meter), Micah Mather (5,000-meter), Nick Wessels (60-meter hurdles), Trent Francom (pole vault), Bryant Courter (long jump, triple jump), Evan Hieber (heptathlon), Gabe Peters (distance medley relay), Cal Lawton (distance medley relay) and Thomas Breuckman (distance medley relay).

Nine women including Krista Steele (8-meter, 4×400-meter), Oksana Covey (800-meter, 4×400-meter), Rachel King (3,000-meter, 5,000-meter), Jaymie O’Connor (60-meter hurdles), Delaney Carlson (4×400-meter, distance medley relay), Chloe Bermel (4×400-meter), Cailee Peterson (distance medley relay), Rachel Propst (distance medley relay) and Anna Fasen (distance medley relay).