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Jackrabbits set for Howard Wood Dakota Relays

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 05/01/2014 16:47:28

The South Dakota State track and field teams are competing at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays this weekend. The Howard Wood Dakota Relays will be the second-to-last meet for the Jackrabbits before the 2014 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 15-17).

Howard Wood Dakota Relays
The 89th running of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays takes place at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. Schools from the upper Midwest region will be competing against the Jackrabbits throughout the weekend. The action starts Friday at 11 a.m. (women’s hammer throw), and resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. (women’s discus).

Last Time Out
Freshman Zach Koosman jumped into the SDSU record book last Friday as the South Dakota State men’s track and field team competed at the Kip Janvrin Open hosted by Simpson College. Koosman cleared a height of 6 feet, 8 1/4 inches in the high jump event to take third. He now ranks sixth all-time at SDSU. Koosman also placed eighth in the triple jump event with his distance of 43-9.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Jacleen Patterson, Jazzelena Black, Gina Fritz and Carly Carper claimed the first school record of the day at the Drake Relays. Overall, they ran a combined time of 1 minute, 39.38 seconds to place ninth overall in the event.

The old school record of 1:40.41 was set back in 2011 by Heather Wollman, Ashley Odegaard, Megan Bren and Brittany Garner.

The second school record to fall on the day was in the 4x800-meter relay. The group of Jessica Eibs, Lindsey Strait, Bobbie McLaury and Karley Konkol crossed the finish line in 9:01.40 to place 10th overall. Their time broke the school record of 9:05.50 set back in 1986.

Back in 1986, the team of Fordham, Stevenson, Young and Snedeker posted a time of 9:05.50.

Eibs, Carper, McLaury and Strait ran together in the distance medley relay. They finished in 15th with a time of 12:09.04. Their time Saturday moved them into fifth all-time at SDSU.

Last Year at Howard Wood
Brooke Garner won 30th career event as a Jackrabbit. She won the hammer throw with her distance of 196-3.

Shelby Assmus placed second with her mark of 165-8. In fourth was McKenzie Johnson with a distance of 164-2. Johnson’s mark is a new personal best. Amy Paulzine finished fifth and also set a new personal best with a throw of 159-4.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Fritz, Odegaard, Bren and Carper won the race with a time of 46.71; Their time ranks third in SDSU history.

Movin’ On Up
SDSU has set 34 top-10 school record book performances during the 2014 outdoor track and field season.

School Records Fall
Jazzelena Black and Mary Wirth opened up their 2014 outdoor season with record-breaking performances. Black set the school record in the triple jump with her mark of 40-3 1/2  and Wirth re-set her school record in the high jump (5-10 3/4). Her old school record was set at the 2011 Howard Wood Dakota Relays (5-9 3/4). Wirth also holds the indoor high jump school record mark (5-10).

Wirth In The Nation
Wirth’s high jump mark of 5-10 3/4 is tied for 21st in the nation.

Summit League Honors
Wirth was named The Summit League’s Outdoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week (April 1) for her record-setting performance at the Arizona State University Invitational.

Feelin’ 22
Twenty-two Jackrabbits garnered All-Summit League honors at the 2013-14 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Smart Rabbit
Andrew Thies was named to the Men’s Indoor Track and Field Academic All-League Team. Thies, a junior, currently holds a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.926 as a Pharmacy major. He was also named Academic All-League during the 2013 outdoor season.

Preseason Polls
The Jackrabbit men were picked to finish third in The Summit League Preseason Poll and the women were selected fourth.

Up Next
The Jackrabbits travel to Fargo, N.D., for the final meet (NDSU Tune-Up, May 9) before the conference meet in two weeks.

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