SDSU track hosts second Alumni Invitional


The South Dakota State track and field team hosted the Jim Emmerich and Alumni Invitational Saturday, Jan. 23.

Newcomer Alejandro Sanchez of Plano, Texas sets a new complex record in the men’s 800-meter run.

The junior notched another win to his record running 1:51.68 to topple the fairly daunting field in the event. The previous record of 1:52.10 was set by Derek Finsterwalder of Iowa Central in February of 2015.

Three other Jackrabbits joined Sanchez in the top 10 including sophomore Cal Lawton in 1:53.38 placing fifth, senior Dylan Slaba in 1:56.58 placing ninth and junior Josh Prohaska in 1:57.25 placing tenth.

Three Jacks made the finals in the men’s 60-meter dash. Senior LeAndre Kennedy placed second in 6.89 seconds. Juniors Bo Arnold and Joe Bednar also placed fourth and seventh respectively in 7.03 and 7.08 seconds.

SDSU had three runners in the top ten in the men’s 400-meter dash including junior Marc Husman and sophomores Dru Kenny and Brady Brockel. Husman led the Jacks placing sixth in 49.57 seconds. Kenny placed seventh in 49.67 seconds and Brockel followed placing ninth in 49.91 seconds.

All of SDSU’s runners in the men’s 3000-meter run placed in the top ten. Crossing the finish line second in 8:32.28 was junior Trevor Capra with junior Brendan Sage following closely behind with a third place finish in 8:33.89. Placing seventh was freshman Lukas Nelson in 8:46.47. Freshman Chase Cayo and junior Connor Branick placed ninth and tenth respectively in 8:50.88 and 8:51.98.

As the lone representative in the men’s 300-meter hurdles, senior Traxton Priebe placed second in 39.39 seconds.

In the men’s one mile run, freshman Kyle Burdick represented SDSU with a second place finish in 4:16.08.

Senior Jeremiah Ary took home two placings. Ary placed third in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 13.81 meters, and fourth in the men’s long jump with 6.92 meters.

Freshman Ephram Albrecht notched a win for the season jumping 14.53 meters in the men’s triple jump.

On the women’s side, freshmen newcomers Rachel King and Emily Donnay led the pack in the women’s one mile run Saturday at the Jim Emmerich and Alumni Invitational.

King placed second overall out of 27 runners in 5:02.59. Donnay followed King closely, finishing in 5:02.64 and placing third overall.

SDSU had two qualify for the women’s 300-meter hurdle finals. Junior Evelyn Klein placed third overall in 47.08 seconds. Senior Lori Foltz finished sixth in 47.34 seconds.

South Dakota State had three finish in the top ten for the women’s 800-meter run including sophomore Renae Dykstra, senior Jessica Eibs and junior Marisa Shady.

Dykstra placed second in 2:13.61. Crossing the finish line next was Eibs, finishing fourth in 2:14.81. Placing seventh for the Jacks was Shady in 2:16.43.

A pack of Jackrabbits had an impressive race taking four placings in the women’s 3000-meter run. Running together for most of the race, Megan West, Kirsten Anderson, Samantha Anderson and Halie Mechels claimed fifth through eighth places.

West crossed the finish line first, finishing fifth in 10:04.70. Next was Kirsten Anderson in 10:06.48, Samantha Anderson in 10:07.28 and then Mechels taking eighth in 10:10.31.

Senior Jazzelena Black captured another win for her record placing first in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 12.65 meters.

In the women’s discus throw, junior Silvia Zanini placed third with a distance of 44.63 meters, and freshman Kasie Vollmer placed fourth with 44.06 meters.

The Jackrabbits will return to action Saturday Jan. 30 at the Mark Messersmith Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa.