Jackrabbits impress at weekend track meets


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Collette Wolfe took first place in the 60-meter dash with a quick time of 7.70 seconds.

Marshall Minihan, Sports Reporter

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits competed in three track and field meets last weekend at the Bison Open, Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational and the University of South Dakota Alumni Meet.

Bison Open

Collette Wolfe took first place in the 60-meter dash with a quick time of 7.70 seconds.

Men’s runner Jake Werner placed runner-up in two events at the meet. In the 200-meter run, Werner ran a 22.09 and in the 60-meter dash, he ran a stunning time of 6.91 seconds, which not only is a career-best but also the eighth all-time for the 60-meter in Jackrabbit history.

Matthew Stahl also placed in the 60-meter dash. Running the time of 7.05 put him in fourth place at the meet.

Distance runner Riley Bauer has struggled in his career at times, according to Rod DeHaven, director of Track and Field. But Bauer ran his personal best at the meet with a four-minute and 17.20-second mile which landed him second in the event.

Jacks also had a podium spot in a field event. Weight thrower Austin Eppard took fifth place, throwing a 57-03.75.

For the men’s and women’s relay teams, the South Dakota State women’s 4×400 meter relay team finished fourth at 4:11.45 while the men’s 4×400 team finished fifth running a 3:25.77.


Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational

The Jacks swept the 3,000-meter run by winning both men’s and women’s competitions. Leah Hansen ran a 9:40.83 to win the women’s event and Ben Olson ran an impressive 8:04.17 which broke the South Dakota State men’s 3,000-meter run record.

The men’s 3,000-meter run podium was filled with two other Jackrabbit runners. Joseph Minor-Williams ran an 8:15.91 which put him in fourth and finishing right behind him was Gabe Peters who placed fifth at 8:16.99. Both Minor-Williams and Peters’ times were career bests in the 3,000-meter.

“Some pretty historic efforts from that group (men’s 3,000-meter runners) and obviously those guys will be called upon pretty heavily here in the next few weeks to produce some very big performances,” DeHaven said in a press conference this week.

In the women’s 800-meter run, the Jacks had two placeholders. Owning the fourth spot was Oksana Johnson with a time of 2:11.34 and followed by Tori Glazer who finished at 2:15.99.


University of South Dakota Alumni  Meet

Two men’s long jumpers placed in the top four in Vermillion, South Dakota. Daniel Clarke took the runner-up spot with a jump of 22-11.25 with fellow teammate Tre Manning finishing in fourth place at 22-06.25.

On the women’s side, Annie Wendt placed in both the long jump and the triple jump. In the long jump, Wendt had her longest leap of 17-11.00 and took second in the event. She followed that with a 36-06.25 performance in the triple jump which put her in third place.

Two other Jacks placed in the triple jump as well. Nora Peterson followed Wendt in the fourth place spot with a jump of 34-10.50. Jumping into fifth place was Emma Smith who leaped the length of 34-07.50.

High jumper Addison Eisen took second in her respected competition jumping at the height of 5-05.70.

Next Up 

Jacks will stay home for the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic which will be a two-day event at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex Feb. 11 and 12.