Jacks compete in Nebraska Quad and Sioux City Relays, earn top finishes in multiple events

Over the weekend the SDSU men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in both the Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa, and the Nebraska Quad in Lincoln, Neb.

SDSU had top finishers in many events despite going against a top program in Nebraska.

“It’s similar to what we’ve done a little bit indoors,” said SDSU track and field head coach Rod DeHaven. “Primarily, the focus was the meet in Lincoln.”

Brooke Garner won her fourth event in three weeks, earning a victory in the hammer throw with a distance of 198’ 3.00”.

“[Garner’s] been very consistent and we knew she’d be a standout performer in the hammer,” DeHaven said. “That consistency is important at that level.”

The women had other strong performances as well, with a personal best coming from McKenzie Johnson in the hammer throw with her distance of 154’ 9.00”. Johnson also earned a distance of 44’ 6.00” in the shot put to place fourth in the event.

Rounding out other performances for the women were Alex Suhr and Kirsten Anderson. Suhr placed third in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:36.19 while Anderson finished sixth with a time of 12:07.32.

“We had some good stuff occur and I think we’re getting some momentum,” DeHaven said. “We’re going to get over some injuries and keep some of those injuries from happening.”

The men also found good performances in Nebraska, with Jeremiah Ary and Ryan Ackman finishing in the top 10 in two events.

Competing in the hammer throw, Ackman earned a distance of 167’ 10.00”, finishing fifth in the event while also earning a mark of 145’ 11.00” in the discus, putting him in eighth place.

“Ryan is getting better each week, and we need him to,” DeHaven said. “His better events are outdoors, and he’s showing that.”

Ary competed in the long jump, earning a distance of 22’ 6.50” and placing seventh overall while placing fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 46’ 10.75”.

“For Jeremiah, he’s consistent as well,” DeHaven said. “The fact that he can do it means … there’s a really good opportunity for something, significantly at the conference meet, which is what we’re striving for, of course.”

Other strong performances on the men’s side came from Blair Seymour, who earned a mark of 163’ 1.00” in the javelin throw, putting him in third place. LeAndre Kennedy ran the 100-meter dash in 11.27, while Connor Berg posted a height of 6’ 3.25” in the high jump.

“They’re kind of exceeding expectations a little bit,” DeHaven said, referring to all performances for the men. “If we continue to get better, they’ll essentially contribute for us at the conference meet.”

The men and women will both compete in the Mt. Sac Relays/Brian Clay Invite in Walnut, Calif., on April 18-19, with the event set to begin at 5:00 p.m.