Sports in Brief: Oct. 1

Landon Dierks, Sports Editor


South Dakota State dropped three straight contests between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6, but have yet to lose or draw since.

Women’s soccer currently boasts a six-game winning streak heading into the first conference game of the season Oct. 6 against North Dakota.

Senior forward Leah Manuleleua has scored seven of the Jackrabbits’ 15 goals this season. Her performance to this point in the season is highlighted by a stretch of three consecutive games in which she scored in the second half, each resulting in a 1-0 SDSU win.


Cross Country

Through three meets, the SDSU men’s cross country team has two first-places (Bison Open and SDSU Classic) and a third-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational, one of the largest meets in the country.

At the same three competitions, the women’s team finished in third, first and eighth place, respectively.

Junior men’s runner Micah Mather was named Summit League Athlete of the Week for his top individual placement at the Bison Open. Fellow junior Joseph Minor-Williams received the same honor for running a personal-best 8K time and placing 17th out of 117 runners at the Roy Griak Invitational.


Swim and Dive

State swim and dive hosted its intrasquad meet Sept. 27, with the yellow squad defeating the blue squad 254.5-197.5.

The first regular action of the season is Oct. 19 at Iowa Central Community College.

In the Summit League preseason poll, the men’s team was picked third with the women’s team picked fourth.



SDSU’s equestrian team opened its regular season against a pair of ranked opponents on the road.

The Jacks fell 17-3 against eighth-ranked Texas Christian University on Sept. 26 in Fort Worth, Texas, and followed up with a 13-7 loss against No. 4 Oklahoma State on Sept. 27 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Jacks’ next meet is on the road Oct. 10 against the University of Tennessee at Martin.