ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State sophomore Bryant Courter started his 2017-18 track and field campaign by breaking a 25-year-old school record in the triple jump, posting a mark of 50 feet, 3/4 inch.
The new record, by 5.75 inches, is The Summit League’s top mark of the early season and the fourth farthest on the NCAA’s best jumps of the season. He also set the SDSU Holiday Open & Multi record as he won the event by two feet over teammate, Josh Dotson.
Courter also improved upon his long jump, bumping up from fourth on the Jackrabbit all-time top 10 list, to second. His jump of 24-04.50 beat his freshman mark by 8.50 inches and set the league's best mark. The event-winning mark by 6.25 inches, is also the fourth-best mark in the NCAA. He was just 1.25 inches from the event record, 1.75 from the facility record, and 4.50 inches away from the school record.
The Rich Hill, Mo. native, also high jumped at the first meet of the season, clearing the league's third-best jump of 6-06.75. The jump is two inches short of his career-best, which is eighth on SDSU's top 10 all-time, but ranks 33rd on the nation's best heights.
Courter, along with the rest of the Jackrabbits, will return to action on Jan. 13 when they travel to the league's preseason favorite, North Dakota State, to compete in the NDSU Bison Classic. South Dakota State will host their second and third meets of the season, the SDSU DII Invational and Jim Emmerich Invitational, on Jan. 19 and 20.
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