Jackrabbits take on high level competition in California

Jackrabbit Athletics

The South Dakota State University men’s and women’s track teams put in some mileage this previous weekend, traveling to three meets in California, the Mt. Sac relays, the Bryan Clay Invite and the Beach Invitational, as well as the Sioux City Relays in Iowa. 

At the Mt. Sac Relays, on the men’s side, the 4×400-meter relay team of Sam Johnson, Adam Belhaj, Marc Husman and Dru Kenny claimed ninth in school history, timing in at 3:13.56.

Trevor Capra posted a career time in the 10,000-meter run, clocking in at 30:36.00 to top his previous personal record by nearly a full minute.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational, Jeremiah Ary moved from fifth to fourth in school history in the long jump, posting a distance of 23-feet-11.75. In the high jump, Zach Koosman equaled his personal-record mark, which ranks sixth in Jackrabbit history, with a height of 6-feet-8.25.

Ary tied for fourth in a field of 56 while Koosman took sixth in a field of 34. In the triple jump, Ary posted a mark of 48-feet-0, .25 away from his personal record, to finish sixth a field of 35. 

The SDSU men’s throwers enjoyed a strong showing at the Sioux City Relays Friday and Saturday. 

Cullen Mack (157-feet-6), Colton Bender (155-feet-11) and Greg Ganter (153-feet-1) placed second, third and fifth in the discus throw. 

Bender (179-feet-2), Mack (174-feet-10) and Ganter (173-feet-7) also finished second, third and fourth in the hammer throw. Ganter recorded a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 51-feet-7.

Connor Branick won the 10,000-meter run by nearly 20 seconds with a time of 32:06.19. Bo Arnold, Adam Halverson, LeAndre Kennedy and Zach Schroeder won the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:31.01. Halverson also placed eighth in a field of 58 with a time of 49.47 in the 400-meter dash.

The Jackrabbits wrapped up their time in California by competing at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif.

Andrew Thies shaved almost 10 seconds off his season-best time, clocking in at 9:07.87 to place third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Ayub Kassim shaved more than a full second off of his outdoor personal record in the 800-meter run, clocking in at 1:53.01. It’s the best time by a Jackrabbit this season.

Several SDSU women’s records fell in the 100-meter dash, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 4×400 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Carly Carper claimed the 100-meter dash school record with a time of 11.68, .12 of a second faster than the previous record. The junior also owns school records in the 60-meter dash (7.49), indoor 200-meter dash (24.46), outdoor 200-meter dash (23.82) and 4×200-meter relay (1:39.83).

The 4×400 relay of Lori Foltz, Sandra Gramer, Jacleen Patterson and Gina Fritz took top billing with a time of 3:47.20.

Megan West set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. With a time of 10:32.69, she shaved nearly two seconds off of Tera Potts’s two-year-old school record. She also bested her previous personal record of 10:45.47 by almost 13 seconds.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Alex Suhr moved up a spot in the school top-10 list to sixth with a time of 10:49.82. Jenna Grossenburg became the first Jackrabbit since 2001 to crack the 10,000-meter run top-10 list, claiming seventh with a time of 35:50.17.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational in the pole vault, Amy Leiferman cleared 12-feet-4 to place ninth in a field of 60. It was the third time in her career she cleared 12-feet-0, and is one of only four Jackrabbits all time to clear this height during the outdoor season.

Mary Wirth placed second in a high jump field of 43 with a height of 5-feet-9.75. In a field of 117, Carper scored a top-10 finish in the 200-meter dash, placing eighth with a time of 24.10. 

Jessica Eibs ran the fifth-fastest 1,500-meter run in school history, clocking in at 4:33.66. Renae Dykstra entered the South Dakota State top-10 list in the 800-meter run, claiming eighth with a time of 2:13.35.

Wirth won her first high jump meet title of the 2015 outdoor campaign and Foltz and Leiferman set South Dakota State records at the Beach Invitational Saturday.

Leiferman became the first Jackrabbit to clear 13-feet-0 in the pole vault in either the indoor or outdoor season, posting a height of 13-feet-0.25 en route to an eighth-place finish in a field of 65. Last weekend at the Jim Duncan Invitational, she set the school record with a mark of 12-feet-9.50.  

With a height of 5-feet-8.75, Wirth scored a win in the high jump a day after finishing second at the Bryan Clay Invitational. The senior now owns 25 career collegiate high jump victories, 12 of which came during the outdoor season.      

By clocking in at 1:01.06 in the 400-meter hurdles, Foltz shattered Stacy Huss’s six-year-old record by .25 of a second and also recorded an eighth-place finish in a field of 64. She had been inching closer to Huss’s record throughout the season, twice running a sub-1:02.00 time, including en route to her first collegiate victory at the Dakota Duals.

Carly Carper finished fifth in a 200-meter dash field of 120, timing in at 24.13. Jazzelena Black placed fourth in a triple jump field of 47 with a distance of 40-feet-9. 

The Jackrabbits also wrapped up their time at the Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa.

With a time of 1:45.18, the seventh-fastest in South Dakota State history, the 4×200-meter relay team of Vanessa Lane, Megan Viland, Kala McDonald and Evelyn Klein posted a victory, besting the second-place team by more than a second.  

In the 800-meter run, Marisa Shady finished third in a field of 67 with a time of 2:14.64. Lane placed in the top five in both the 100-meter dash (third, 12.55) and 200-meter dash (fifth, 25.64).  

Brooke Peterson placed fourth in a 1,500-meter run field of 38 with a time of 4:50.99. Silvia Zanini scored top-five finishes in the discus throw (second, 154-feet-8) and hammer throw (fourth, 169-feet-5).