Vlastuin breaks 34-year-old record at Championships
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Jared Vlastuin busted a 34-year-old South Dakota State long jump record Friday at The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Sanford Health Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, S.D.
His first-place leap of 25 feet two inches beat the former school record, set in 1977 by Sam Harris, by nearly five inches. Vlastuin previously held the second-best jump in school history of 24-5.75. He also finished third in the high jump with a mark of 6-5.
Both the SDSU men's and women's track and field teams remain on top of the team standings after two days of competition. The women collected 87 points for the top spot, ahead of North Dakota State by seven points. The men hang onto first with 79.5, just one point ahead of the NDSU men's team.
Ben Jasinski notched a win for the men in the high jump with a mark of 6-9. He also finished sixth in the long jump with a jump of 23-3.25.
Mary Wirth captured her first conference title with a high-jump leap of 5-7, out-jumping the second-place holders by two inches. Rachael Hakk tied for second with NDSU's Toni Tollefson, both finishing with leaps of 5-5. Kali Olson finished sixth in the event with a mark of 5-1.
Shelby Assmus found her way to a podium spot with a third-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 45-5.25. On the men's side of the shot, Sean Burns put up a third-place finish with a throw of 52-7.25, good for six team points. Jake Brinkmann's toss of 47-6.5 snuck into the top finishers for a seventh-place finish.
Rachael Hakk and Andrea Cota finished the long jump in third and fourth with jumps of 18-6 and 18-5.75, respectively. Ashley Odegaard also put a point on the board for the women's team with an eighth-place finish in the long jump with 17-7.
Tera Potts finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals in third with a time of 11 minutes 11.19 seconds for six team points. Danielle McCann and Kelsey Clausen finished in seventh and eighth places with times of 11:46.12 and 11:59.24, respectively.
Mike Bredeson finished fourth in the decathlon with 5,513 total points. He also finished seventh in the high jump finals with a mark of 6-1.25.
Track-event trials went off Friday evening. Luke Leischner moves into tomorrow's finals in both the 200 and 400 meters. He finished second in the 200 preliminaries with a time o f 21.85 seconds and first in the 400 prelims with a time of 48.59.
Jared Ailts moves onto the 800-meter finals after a fourth-place finish in 1:59.17.
For the women, both Megan Bren and Cally Strobel finished in the top-four in the prelims of their respective events. Bren moves on in the 200 meters after a second-place finish in 25.10 and Strobel in the 400-meter hurdles after a fourth-place finish in 1:06.95. Strobel also snuck into the 100-meter hurdle finals after an eighth-place finish in the prelims with a time of 14.97.
The Championships conclude tomorrow at the Sanford Health Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, S.D. The gate opens at 8:30 a.m. and action begins at 10 a.m.