SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota State Jackrabbits defeated the South Dakota Coyotes 14.5-11.5 and claimed the 2018-19 South Dakota Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn. The announcement was made by the South Dakota Corn Utilization officials Thursday.
The Showdown Series tracks head-to-head matchups and conference championship results in 16 sports with each school accumulating points toward the overall series championship. The Series also recognizes outstanding academic achievement by the schools’ student-athletes and aims to raise awareness, funds and donations for Feeding South Dakota, a statewide not-for-profit with the goal of eliminating hunger in South Dakota.
The Jackrabbits were plus-three in athletic competitions to bring the traveling trophy back to Brookings, outscoring the Coyotes 11.5-8.5. Both schools scored the maximum three points allotted for academic achievement by compiling a student-athlete GPA of above 3.0.
“Winning the South Dakota Showdown Series puts an exclamation point on one of our most successful seasons as an athletics program,” SDSU Director of Athletics Justin Sell said. “With the help of our schools’ great fans, we are proud to partner with South Dakota Corn and Feeding South Dakota to use the Showdown Series as a platform to assist those in need throughout our state.”