Vlastuin, Shearer steal the Summit League show

John Green


It was a meet of mixed results in Summit League Indoor Track & Field Championships, as the SDSU men’s and women’s teams competed this past weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind. The meet was studded with record-setting performances, but the team scores showed otherwise.

For athletes such as senior Jared Vlastuin, the competition was an opportunity to shine. Vlastuin won the high jump and triple jump, in addition he claimed second in the long jump. His effort in the high jump broke his own previous school record by an half inch.

“Jared had a wonderful meet,” head coach Rod DeHaven said. “He hasn’t competed in the triple jump much this season, which made his performance all the more outstanding.”

The team scores on the men’s side did not reflect the stronger individual performances of the meet. The Jacks placed fifth out of eight teams in the meet, scoring 83 points. DeHaven said the team was disappointed with the outcome of the meet.

“I think we were expecting to do a little better in the team standings,” he said. “We couldn’t match all the great performances by some of the athletes across the board, so we didn’t finish quite where we thought we could.”

For the Jackrabbit women, results were similar placing fourth out of eight teams. The Jacks complied 76 points, but the meet was dominated by NDSU who scored 206 total team points.

Individually, the Jacks had top performers in the high jump, with sophomore Mary Wirth claiming first place honors. Fellow Jackrabbit jumpers, sophomore Kali Olson and senior Lora Shearer followed her. They took third and fourth, respectively. Shearer won the pentathlon on the women’s side, compiling 3,742 points to edge out Oral Robert’s Camila Pirelli (3,740). Shearer was named women’s Field MVP of the meet, an honor shared by Jared Vlastuin for the men.

Some SDSU athletes will continue their season in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Those athletes will then travel to the University of Arkansas and Notre Dame for the chance to compete in the championship meet.

“We’re a pretty young team,” DeHaven said. “If we can stay healthy and get better in the next season, we’ll be right where we should be.”