Track athletes break records in last regular season meet



Senior Daniel Clarke ran the 60-meter dash during the Last Chance track meet held at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

Bodie Bice, Sports Reporter

Just like the weather, the South Dakota State University men’s and women’s track and field teams are warming up heading into the indoor postseason. 

The Jacks showcased this at their Last Chance meet Saturday Feb. 20 which showed their continued growth and success.

The meet, which serves as the last opportunity for qualifying times before postseason meets, showcased athletes from SDSU, USD, Augustana, University of Nebraska – Omaha, University of Sioux Falls, Northern State, Wayne State, Concordia St. Paul, Drake and Southwest Minnesota State. 

Senior Trent Francom continued his prolific pole vaulting for the Jacks, breaking his own school record with an 18-foot, one-half inch effort that was second place overall on the day. His 18-foot vault is the first in school history. 

Sophomore Trevor Begeman led an SDSU sweep of the men’s shot put with a throw of 58 feet, 8.75 inches. Junior Sam Coil and senior Noah Huber took second and third, respectively, with throws of 57-04.75 and 54-11.5. 

Tom Breuckman, junior, took third in the men’s mile, clocking in at four minutes, 8.27 seconds.  That time puts Breuckman eighth on the board in school history for the mile. 

Running unattached, SDSU graduate student Joshua Yeager also had a good race with a time of (4:03.78). 

Another notable player from the mile is Drake University runner Adam Fogg’s winning time of (3:59.8), the first ever sub-4 minute mile to ever be run on South Dakota soil. This also set the facility record at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. 

In the men’s 60-meter dash, SDSU’s Daniel Clarke and Jake Werner took second and fourth with times of (6.89) and (7.00), respectively. 

Rich-Ann Archer and Jaiden Boomsma took first (7.60) and second (7.65) on the women’s side of the 60-meter dash, with Boomsma sprinting into fourth place in the record books with a dash of (7.58).  

In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Jaymie O’Connor led the pack with a time of (8.61).

Okasana Covey took first in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of (57.69). 

Archer showed continued success in the women’s 200-meter dash with a second-place finish, clocking in at (25.04). Jake Werner also took a third place finish in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of (21.91). 

In the jumping events, Tre Manning took first in the men’s long jump with a (23-04.75) effort, tying for 10th best. 

On the women’s side, Emily Altenburg took third place with an (18-05.75) effort that beat out her entry at eighth all-time in school history. In the triple jump, Annie Wendt won with a (38-03.5) leap that also puts her eighth all-time in school history. 

Looking to the postseason, the Jacks host The Summit League Indoor Championships starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 27 and 28 in the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.