Jacks continue to set records on the track

Jackrabbit Athletics

South Dakota State’s relay teams raced into school history at the Drake Relays Friday and Saturday, posting two records and six top-10 times. 

On the women’s side, the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams set Jackrabbit records. Vanessa Lane, Jazzelena Black, Gina Fritz and Carly Carper shaved nearly two seconds off of the old 4×200 record by posting a time of 1:37.92. 

A week after setting the South Dakota State record at the Beach Invitational, the 4×400 team of Lori Foltz, Jacleen Patterson, Sandra Gramer and Fritz trimmed .11 of a second off of their time by clocking in at 3:47.09.  

Lane, Black, Fritz and Carper also clocked in at 46.18 in the 4×100 relay, which was good for second in school history and .10 of a second shy of the record. The 1,600-meter medley team of Carper, Lane, Fritz and Jessica Eibs also took second in school history with a time of 4:05.03. 

The 4×800 team of Eibs, Renae Dykstra, Karley Konkol and Marisa Shady claimed third in school history after crossing the finish line in 9:08.95.

Carper nearly made the 100-meter dash final, placing ninth in a stacked preliminary field of 28 with a time of 11.85. 

On the men’s side, the 4×200 team of Dru Kenny, Zach Schroeder, Marc Husman and Adam Belhaj posted the sixth-fastest time in school history at 1:27.50. The 4×400 team of Husman, Sam Johnson, Kenny and Belhaj cracked the South Dakota State top-10 list as well, claiming 10th with a time of 3:14.08. 

The 1,600-meter medley team of Belhaj, Schroeder, Husman and Ayub Kassim also took 10th in school history, clocking in at 3:29.29.   

The Jackrabbits also competed at the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa Friday.

Johnson scored his first collegiate individual title, placing first in a 400-meter hurdles field of 26 with a season-best time of 54.50.

Two hurdlers posted top-five finishes. Foltz placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.91 while Marissia Hagedorn finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.82.

Alex Suhr placed fourth in a 5,000-meter run field of 39 with a time of 17:29.84.

In the third meet that Trackrabbits competed in over the weekend, six athletes won individual titles at the Drake Alternative, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College, Saturday.

Zach Koosman’s performance in the high jump was a highlight of the meet for South Dakota State. The sophomore cleared a personal-record height of 6-9 to win his first outdoor title of the season. He remains slotted in sixth in school history in this event. 

Jenna Stephens won her first collegiate meet title after posting a distance of 38-1.25 in the triple jump. Jessica McDonald won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.48. 

Traxton Priebe won the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 54.30. Evelyn Klein also won the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 1:06.46. 

Lindsey Strait captured the 1,500-meter run title after crossing the line in 4:44.69.

South Dakota State’s throwers enjoyed a particularly strong showing at the Drake Alternative. In the hammer throw, Cullen Mack (190-0), Austin Benson (189-8) and Colton Bender (184-8) set new personal records and placed second, third and fifth respectively. 

Mack became only the third Jackrabbit to post a distance of 190-0 or longer. Mack, Benson and Bender are third, fourth and fifth respectively in school history. 

Mack also placed third in the discus throw with a mark of 159-1. Silvia Zanini scored a second-place finish in a field of 42 in the discus throw, posting a distance of 148-7. 

Kala McDonald (400-meter dash, 59.42), Austin Johnsen (800-meter run, 1:56.50) and Daniel Pettit (1,500-meter run, 4:03.73) scored second-place finishes. 

The Jackrabbits return to action May 1-2 when they compete at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D.