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The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships preview -- field and multi-events

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 05/11/2011 21:11:50
South Dakota State University hosts the 2011 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 12-14 at the Sanford Health Sports Complex’s Lillibridge Track in Sioux Falls, S.D.

WOMEN’S THROWS
The women’s field is wide open with the loss of Oral Roberts’ Rachel Talbert, 2010 Summit League Indoor and Outdoor MVP, to graduation. Talbert claimed the top spot in each the shot put, discus and javelin at last year’s Outdoor Championships.

Southern Utah freshman Kayla Kovar won the shot put at the Indoor Championships and enters the Outdoor Championships with the league-best outdoor shot put mark.

Dana LaRue of Western Illinois returns to the field after redshirts during the 2010 outdoor season and 2011 indoor season. At LaRue’s last conference meet, indoor 2010, she won the shot put and was runner-up in the weight throw. She owns the second-place mark in the shot put heading into the Outdoor Championships.

The SDSU Jackrabbits add a trio of throwers to the mix in Jennifer Mack, Michelle Schuch and Brooke Garner. All three are strong contenders for a podium spot.

Mack owns two indoor titles but no outdoor titles. She came in second in the hammer throw during Outdoor Championships twice in her career. She currently ranks third in the league in the hammer.

Schuch won the 2009 conference hammer title and owns numerous top-five finishes in the shot put, weight throw, hammer and discus.

Garner, a notable thrower in the league without a conference title, ranks first in the hammer and discus. She owns two career shot put runner-up spots. Garner ranks 49th in the hammer throw, nationally.

UMKC sophomore Kimoya Harriott, the 2009 Summit League javelin champion, returns for another go at the title after a redshirt during the 2010 season. Harriot currently ranks first in the league in the javelin.

STUDENT-ATHLETES TO WATCH:
Brooke Garner, South Dakota State, Sophomore
Season bests: 159-9 (discus, no. one Summit), 187-11 (hammer, no. one Summit),
44-1.50 (shot put, no. six Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor shot-put runner-up
2009 Summit League Outdoor shot-put runner-up

Kimoya Harriott, UMKC, Sophomore
Season best: 137-0 (javelin, no. one Summit)
2009 Summit League javelin champion

Kayla Kovar, Southern Utah, Freshman
Season bests: 49-9.75 (shot put, no. one Summit), 155-2 (discus, no. three Summit), 167-2 (hammer, no. six Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor shot-put champion

Dana LaRue, Western Illinois, Sophomore
Season best: 48-10.75 (shot put, no. two Summit)
2010 Summit League Indoor shot-put champion
2010 Summit League Indoor weight-throw, runner-up

Emily Lesser, North Dakota State, Freshman
Season best: 44-7 (shot put, no. four Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor Newcomer of the Championship

Jennifer Mack, South Dakota, Senior
Season best: 177-7 (hammer, no. three Summit)
2008 & 2011 Summit League Indoor weight-throw champion
2008 & 2010 Summit League Outdoor hammer throw runner-up

Amber Madril, Southern Utah, Senior
Season best: 129-4 (javelin, no. three Summit)
2010 Summit League Outdoor javelin runner-up
2009 Summit League Outdoor javelin, third place

Michelle Schuch, South Dakota State, Senior

Season bests: 156-1 (discus, no. two Summit), 164-4 (hammer, no. seven Summit)
2009 Summit League Outdoor hammer-throw champion

Other Notables:
Adrienne Hill, Southern Utah, Junior: no. three shot put, no. five discus, no. two hammer throw
Camil Pirelli, Oral Roberts, Junior: no. eight shot put, no. two javelin

MEN’S THROWS
The competition for the top spots in the men’s throwing events promises a close race. The graduation of two Southern Utah standouts from a year ago in two-time Summit League Championship MVP Carlos Valle and 2010 Summit League javelin champion Forrest Ledbetter paves the way for first-time champions to win the title in three of the four throwing events.

The only returning champion is South Dakota State’s Sean Burns. Burns defends his championship spot in the hammer throw from a year ago. He proves the most versatile thrower in the field with the league-best hammer throw, while ranking in the top-four in The Summit League in shot put (third) and discus (fourth). 

Jason Crisman of Western Illinois will put up a fight for a spot on the award podium. He owns the league-best marks in the shot put, as well as the discus.

Southern Utah’s Cody Olsen, a transfer from Utah Valley, fills the void left by Ledbetter. Olsen made his mark in The Summit League early in the outdoor season with the top league javelin throw. His toss of 210-0 bests the number-two throw, held by SDSU’s Arran Davis, by 20 feet.

STUDENT-ATHLETES TO WATCH:
Sean Burns, South Dakota State, Senior

Season bests: 191-7 (hammer , no. one Summit), 53-11.75 (shot put, no. three Summit), 160-4 (discus, no. four Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor weight-throw champion, shot put runner-up
2010 Summit League Outdoor hammer-throw champion
2009 Summit League Outdoor shot put runner-up

Max Carroll, UMKC, Sophomore
Season best: 189-3 (javelin, no. three Summit)
2010 Summit League Outdoor javelin runner-up

Jason Crisman, Western Illinois, Junior
Season bests: 165-8 (discus, no. one Summit) 55-7.5 (shot put, no. one Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor shot-put champion
2010 Summit League Outdoor shot-put runner-up

Paul Hames, Western Illinois, Junior
Season bests: 151-8 (discus, no. five Summit), 177-5 (hammer, no. seven Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor weight-throw, third place
2010 Summit League Outdoor discus runner-up

Logan Hollenkamp, North Dakota State, Senior
Season best: 188-9 (hammer, no. two Summit)
2010 Summit League Outdoor hammer-throw, third place
2009 Summit League Outdoor hammer-throw runner-up

Cody Olsen, Southern Utah, Junior (Utah Valley transfer)
Season best: 210-0 (javelin, no. one Summit)
Two-time Great West javelin champion

Casey Orgon, North Dakota State, Sophomore
Season bests: 185-0 (hammer, no. three Summit), 50-10.25 (shot put, no. five Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor weight-throw runner-up

Other Notables:
Arran Davis, South Dakota State, Junior: no. two javelin
Ramon Nelson, UMKC, Sophomore: no. four shot put, no. three discus
Hector Perez, Southern Utah, Senior: no. two shot put
Sam Soholt, North Dakota State, Senior: no. two discus, no. eight hammer throw

WOMEN'S JUMPS, VAULTS AND MULTI-EVENTS
The North Dakota State trio of Whitney Carlson, Leslie Brost and Toni Tollefson provide tough competition. All three are dominant league performers, ranking first in their respective events, Tollefson in the high jump, Brost in the pole vault and Carlson in the long jump.

Defending triple jump champion and Summit League Indoor Field MVP Kristen Killoran of NDSU redshirted the outdoor season, leaving the triple jump wide open.

SDSU’s Ashley Lange stands at the front of the line to win the triple jump title with her top-ranked mark of 39-1.  Oakland’s Micah Jones follows in a far second with a leap of 38-4.75.

SDSU also boasts high jumper Mary Wirth, ranked no. two in the league and no. 36 in the NCAA. Wirth’s SDSU school record high jump of 5-9.75 follows Tollefson’s league-best jump by only 0.25.

Carlson owns the league-best heptathlon mark but never contested the event at a conference meet. Southern Utah’s Shaye Maurer looks to take a run at her first conference title in the seven-in-one event.

STUDENT-ATHLETES TO WATCH:
Leslie Brost, North Dakota State, Junior
Season best: 13-9.25 (pole vault, no. one Summit, tie-no. 13 NCAA)
Three-time Summit League pole-vault champion
Four-time NCAA Qualifier
2009 Summit League Outdoor Newcomer of the Championship

Whitney Carlson, North Dakota State, Senior
Season bests: 20-10 (long jump,  no. one Summit, no. 15 NCAA), 5352 points (heptathlon, no. one Summit, no. 15 NCAA)
2009 & 2011 Summit League Indoor pentathlon champion
Four-time Summit League long-jump champion
Three-time Summit League Championships MVP
Two-time NCAA All-American, long jump

Micah Jones, Oakland, Junior
Season bests: 38-4.75 (triple jump, no. two Summit), 5-6 (high jump, no. three Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor triple-jump, third place
2010 Summit League Outdoor high-jump runner-up

Shaye Maurer, Southern Utah, Sophomore
Season bests: 5111 points (heptathlon, no. two Summit), 18-9.75 (long jump, no. four Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor pentathlon runner-up
2010 Summit League Indoor Newcomer of the Championship

LaTanya Short, Oral Roberts, Senior
Season best: 19-0.75 (long jump, no. three Summit)
2008 & 2009 Summit League Indoor long-jump champion
2010 & 2011 Summit League Indoor triple-jump runner-up

Toni Tollefson, North Dakota State, Sophomore
Season best: 5-10 (high jump, no. one Summit)
Three-time Summit League high-jump champion

Other Notables:
Ashley Lange, South Dakota State, Senior: no. one triple jump
Nichole Manning, Western Illinois, Junior: no. two pole vault
Amy Marquardt, North Dakota State, Senior: no. four pole vault
Meaghan Ogonowski, Oakland, Sophomore: no. two long jump
Camil Pirelli, Oral Roberts, Junior: no. three heptathlon
Mary Wirth, South Dakota State, Freshman: no. two high jump

MEN'S JUMPS, VAULTS AND MULTI-EVENTS
The men’s jumps, vaults and multi-events are the events to watch, containing a field packed with former conference champions in the running.

The Sanford Health Sports Complex’s moveable runway provides the vaulters with an ideal tailwind opportunity to clear big heights.

Oral Roberts sophomore Jack Whitt owns the second-best pole vault in the NCAA with a mark of 18-4.25. He boasts three conference titles in as many championships.

Oral Roberts also claims the top-ranked student-athletes in both horizontal jumps. Senior Fredrick Brown and junior Clive Chafausipo look to defend indoor crowns in the triple jump and long jump, respectively.

South Dakota State provides a pair of conference champion contenders in Ben Jasinski and Jared Vlastuin.

Jasinski ranks 17th in the NCAA in the high jump with his SDSU record of 7-1. The jump leads the league and is the SDSU school record. Jasinski also ranks second in the conference in the triple jump.

Vlastuin took second place in the high jump at the Indoor Championships this year and owns the 2009 high jump outdoor title. He is also the defending outdoor long jump champion. He ranks second in the league in the high jump and third in the long jump.

North Dakota State’s Jeramy Geditz looks to wins his first outdoor high jump title with four indoor conference titles already to his credit. Geditz currently ranks second in the league in the high jump, behind Jasinski.

NDSU seeks to continue its dominance in the multi-events with senior Ted Rud, two-time Indoor Championships Field MVP. Rud enters the Championships with the top league mark in the decathlon, while teammate Weston Leutz defends his conference title.

STUDENT-ATHLETES TO WATCH:
Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts, Sophomore
Season best: 18-4.50 (pole vault, no. one Summit, no. two NCAA)
Three-time Summit League pole-vault champion
Two-time NCAA All-American Indoor finishing third (2011) and sixth (2010) at NCAA Indoor Championships
2010 Summit League Indoor Newcomer of the Championship

Fredrick Brown, Oral Roberts, Senior
Season best: 51-1.75 (triple jump, no. one Summit)
Three-time Summit League triple-jump champion

Clive Chafausipo, Oral Roberts, Junior
Season best: 25-8.25 (long jump, no. one Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor long-jump champion
2010 Summit League Outdoor long-jump runner-up

Jared Vlastuin, South Dakota State, Junior
Season bests: 24-5.75 (long jump, no. three Summit) 6-10.75 (high jump, no. three Summit)
2010 Summit League Indoor & Outdoor long-jump champion

Jeramy Geditz, North Dakota State, Junior
Season best: 6-11 (high jump, no. two Summit)
Four-time Summit League Indoor high-jump champion
2010 Summit League Outdoor high-jump runner-up

Ben Jasinski, South Dakota, Senior
Season bests: 7-1 (high jump no. one Summit) 49-9 (triple jump, no. two Summit)
2011 Summit League Indoor high-jump runner-up
2009 Summit League Outdoor high-jump champion

Ted Rud, North Dakota State, Senior
Season bests: 7068 points (decathlon, no. one Summit) 23-2.50 (long jump, no. five Summit)
2010 & 2011 Summit League Indoor Field MVP and heptathlon champion

Weston Leutz, North Dakota State, Junior
2010 Summit League decathlon champion

Other Notables:
Oscar Emegano, UMKC, Senior: no. two long jump, no. three triple jump
Dustin Gehrke, Oral Roberts, Sophomore: no. two pole vault
Andy Lillejord, NDSU, Sophomore: tie-no. three pole vault, no. six long jump, no. two decathlon

SPECTATOR INFORMATION
Tickets
All ages - general admission, one-day pass: $5
All ages - general admission, three-day pass: $10

Tickets are available at the Sioux Falls Sports Authority office (200 N. Phillips Ave, Suite 304, Sioux Falls, S.D), at any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee store or at the Sanford Health Sports Complex on event day.

Directions
From I-229:
   -Exit onto Cliff Ave., Exit 4
   -South on Cliff Ave. to 69th St.
   -Sanford Health Sports Complex on the Southeast corner of 69th St. and Cliff Ave.

From I-29 (southbound):
   -Take I-229 exit and drive toward Cliff Ave., Exit 4
   -South on Cliff Ave. to 69th St.
   -Sanford Health Sports Complex on the Southeast corner of 69th St. and Cliff Ave.

Parking
Spectator parking is located in the lot directly South of the Lillibridge Track at the Sanford Health Sports Complex.
   -From the corner of 69th St. and Cliff Ave. go approximately two blocks South
   -Enter paved parking lot and continue South around Power Center (blue and white dome)
   -Parking lot is just East of the Power Center

Entrance
Spectator entry is located in the Southwest corner of the Lillibridge Track at the Sanford Health Sports Complex.
   -From the corner of 69th St. and Cliff Ave. go approximately two blocks South
   -Enter paved parking lot and continue South around Power Center (blue and white dome)
   -Entry is North of the gravel lot toward the track


   
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