Track sets multiple school, personal records last weekend

Skyler Jackson, Co-Sports Editor


South Dakota State’s track teams capped off an active weekend that saw multiple school and personal records broken.

Various athletes competed in three different events, the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California, the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Beach Invitational in Long Beach and the Jim Duncan Invite in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here are some of the highlights of what happened over the weekend.

Bryan Clay Invitational

At the Bryan Clay Invitational, competition started Thursday and ended Saturday.

Thursday, Joseph Minor-Williams started off a series of 10k races by breaking the school record with a new personal best time of 28:43.31, good for 13th place in heat one of the Invite 10k.

 Grace Waage led the way in Friday’s 800-meter run, finishing in 20th place with a personal best time of 2:12.29, while Tori Glazier finished 42nd in 2:14.00 and Claire Beckman finished 45th with a 2:14.08. Harley Fischer (2:16.06) and Emma Ecker (2:16.88) each also earned new personal bests.

On the men’s side, Tom Breuckman won his heat in the 800-meter run and finished 64th overall. He ran a personal-best time of 1:50.62, which is now eighth all-time at SDSU.

Saturday, two school records were set. One of them was by Cerington Jones, who shattered the previous record in the women’s 400-meter dash in a personal best time of 53.91 seconds. She took seventh place in the event.

The second school record set was by Reid Pierzinski, who broke his own 400-meter hurdle record in 50.81 seconds to take second place.

Pierre Lear took second place overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.78. In the women’s shot put, Faith Leiseth threw a 44-06.00 to finish in ninth place.

Other high-place finishers were Caitlin Bright, who took 34th with a personal best time of 4:41.10 in the Open B section of the 15,000-meter run and Mya Kizer, who finished 37th with a 4:42.01 for a personal record out of 156 athletes.

In the Open A section of the 15,000-meter run, three Jackrabbit men clocked new personal bests. Breuckman finished 23rd in 3:47.98, Carter Knaus came 27th with a time of 3:45.26 and Eli Salisbury ran a 3:52.55 for 123rd.

Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Beach Invitational

At the Beach Invitational, Matthew Katz won the men’s pole vault Friday with a mark of 16-05.50 while Jaden Peters took third place with a mark of 15-11.75.

Connor Powers won the men’s high jump at 6-05.00, while on the women’s side, Layne Kirkendoll took eighth place in the same event with a clearance of 5-03.25.

Jim Duncan Invitational

The Jim Duncan Invitational was the third event Jackrabbit athletes competed in over the weekend. At the event, many Jackrabbits earned personal bests and top 10 finishes.

In the finals of the women’s triple jump, all six of the competing Jackrabbits finished in the top six. Annie Wendt won the event with a distance of 39-03.00 as Emma Smith took runner-up with a 36-09.50 and Sydney Mouw finished third with a 35-08.00.
Shae Campbell jumped a personal best 34-09.50 for fifth place and Camryn Brinkman marked a 34-06.75 for sixth place.
Jordan Stoddard won the women’s long jump with a personal best mark of 18-08.50 and Wendt took third with a 18-07.25. Campbell finished ninth with a jump of 17-02.75.

In the women’s 5,000-meter run, Bridget Henne ran a 19:00.99 for seventh place and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Malorie Schmoll took sixth place with a 11:49.36.

On the men’s side, Dominick Etherington took second place in the shot put with his personal best of 58-11.25 that is now third all-time at SDSU. Wyatt Seagren also posted personal best mark, with a mark 53-04.50 for fifth.
Ethan Fischer took fourth place in the discus throw finals with a 173-04.00 that is seventh all-time at SDSU while Seagren came sixth with a 172-00.00, which is now eighth in school history.

On the track, Kudra Nzibariza finished third in the 200-meter dash with a 22.49, Ty Kadlec took ninth in 23.24 and Caden Plasier was 20th in 23.83 seconds.
In the 400-meter dash, Nzibariza also ran a 50.41 for sixth place and AJ Josephson took 28th in 52.80 seconds.
Andrew Moeller took 16th in the 800-meter run, clocking a 1:59.24 and Nathan Notgrass took seventh place overall with a time of 4:01.41 in the 1500-meter run.