Track and field impress in two meets



Victoria Berndt, Sports Reporter

History books continue to be rewritten for the South Dakota State track and field team.

SDSU Division II Meet

This time around, it was senior Kyle Burdick who ran the 1,000m race with a time of 2:25.08. It wasn’t just Burdick who etched his name in the history books. Jordan Hanna followed up Burdick’s impressive run (2:28.31) a sixth-best performance in school history.

Freshman Ellie Friesen made the top 10 list in women’s 1,000m after winning with a time of 2:27.51, which was the fourth fastest time in school history.

Sophomore Oksana Covey won the women’s 600m with a time of 1:28.32, shaving 0.15 seconds off her previous record. Covey also reset the SDSU Division II meet record.

SDSU had four event winners, eight personal-best marks, three school records reset and two top 10 records.

Jim Emmerich Invite

It wasn’t just the Division II meet where the Jackrabbits impressed.

The Jacks had eight event-winners and 30 personal-best marks recorded along with 12 marks going into a record book at the Emmerich Invitational.

Junior Sam Zenner showed his speed and recaptured the school record with 21 seconds in the 200m. In the 60m, Zenner won the race with a time of a 6.77, the 50th-best record in the NCAA. Zenner has yet to be defeated this season.

Sophomore Derek Boekelheide won the 800m race with a 1:54:92 mark, for his first career win in that race.

Senior Kyle Burdick finished first in the 3,000m race while junior Bryant Courter leaped to victory in the long jump and triple jump.

The women’s winners took the gold in the 800m ran by junior Kendra Dykstra and the mile ran by senior Rachel King. Men’s and Women’s “A” 4x400m Relay both ran their way to victory.