SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota State men's track team finished The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in second, while the women finished third at the Sanford Health Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, S.D., Saturday.
The men totaled 170.5 points for their best league finish since joining The Summit League. The women totaled 150 points, trailing runners-up Southern Utah by 13 points. North Dakota State garnered both the men's and women's top titles with 227.5 and 241 points, respectively.
Ben Jasinski won the Championship's Field MVP award, as voted on by the league's head coaches, for his performance during the 2011 Outdoor Championships. Jasinski turned in a second-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 49-2.5. Earlier in the meet, he won the high jump and finished sixth in the long jump.
Brooke Garner and Ashley Lange both recorded conference titles on day three of the Championships. Garner picked up her second title of the Championships, this time in the discus with a throw of 166 feet two inches, ranked third on SDSU's top-10 list. She also won the hammer throw earlier in the meet.
Ashley Lange finished the triple jump with a leap of 39-7.25, missing the SDSU school record by five inches.
Michelle Schuch finished second in the discus behind Garner with a toss of 153-10. On the men's side of the discus Sean Burns took runner-up with a career-best toss of 163-11, ranked ninth all-time at SDSU.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Megan Bren, Brittany Garner, Heather Wollman and Ashley Odegaard notched a second-place finish with a time of 46.51 seconds, a time that ranks second at SDSU all-time.
Jake Schneller also notched a podium spot with a second-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.14.
Luke Leischner garnered three medals on the day. He finished third in the 400 meters and 200 meters with times of 47.86 and 21.50, respectively. He also finished second as part of the men's 4x400-meter relay team, along with Schneller, Dustin Gibbons and Jared Foote. The team turned in a time of 3:16.01.
Rounding out the top three finishers for the Jackrabbits is Brandon Priebe with a third-place 400-meter hurdle finish in 54.45.
Those Jackrabbits who qualify continue the outdoor season with the NCAA West Regional May 26-28 in Eugene, Ore.
Female Newcomer of the Championship: Katie Dockter, NDSU
Female Track MVP: Whitney Carlson, NDSU
Female Field MVP: Whitney Carlson, NDSU
Women's Coach of the Year: Ryun Godfrey, NDSU
Male Newcomer of the Championship: Donte Smart, NDSU
Male Track MVP: Cameron Levins, Southern Utah
Male Field MVP: Ben Jasinski, SDSU
Men's Coach of the Year: Don Larson, NDSU