Jackrabbits win four events

TULSA, Okla. – South Dakota State senior Vanessa Lane won the heptathlon at the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at ONEOK Sports Complex.

Juniors Rachel King and Kasie Vollmer and sophomore Bryant Courter added victories on Day 2 to push the Jackrabbits’ meet total to five.

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Lane finished with 5,146 points. North Dakota State’s Jaelin Beachy was runner-up at 5,007 and Kennedi Sand ended up third with 4,989 points.

Lane (3,134) entered the day with a 117-point lead on Beachy (3,017) after completing four events Thursday. Sand (2,963) was fourth.

Lane saw most of her lead evaporate after taking fifth in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 2 1/4 inches (626 points). Beachy won the event with a leap of 18-4 1/2 (729 points) as she pulled within 3,760-3,746 in the overall standings. Sand was fourth in the long jump at 17-4 3/4 (643 points) to push her total to 3,606.

Lane then placed third in the javelin with a heave of 116-4, giving her 580 points. Beachy was sixth at 104-6 (512 points). Sand moved into contention with a victory in the javelin with a mark of 132-9 (676 points).

Heading to the final event, Lane had 4,340 points, Sand 4,282 and Beachy 4,258.

Lane closed strong to seal the victory, placing first in the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 21.27 seconds. The 806 points gave her a 5,146 total.

Beachy was fourth in the 800 in 2:25.61 (749 points) and Sand took fifth with a 2:28.89 clocking (707 points).

Lane also won the final event Thursday, the 200.

King continued her incredible 2017-18 season by taking the 3,000-meter steeplechase title in a time of 10 minutes, 21.41 seconds.

She was the Track Championship MVP indoors this season after winning the 3,000 and mile and taking second in the 5,000. She was also the Championship MVP in cross country in the fall after placing first in the event.

Vollmer picked up her first conference title, winning the discus with a mark of 169 feet, 9 inches. She was runner-up a year ago.

Chloe Holtz took eighth in the high jump (5-1 3/4) and Halie Mechels matched that finish in the steeplechase (11:25.07).

North Dakota State tops the team standings with 139 points and South Dakota is second at 118. South Dakota State (44) is in third.


Courter broke the meet record in the long jump at 26 feet, 1 1/2 inches while successfully defending his title in the event. He also tied for fifth in the high jump after clearing 6-5.

Courter has earned Field Championship MVP honors in every Summit League meet he’s competed in so far – 2017 outdoors; 2017 and 2018 outdoors.

He won the long jump and triple jump and placed fourth in the high jump outdoors a year ago. He’ll look to defend his triple jump crown today.

Indoors, he was first in the long jump, third in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump as a freshman. He won the triple jump and placed second in both the long jump and high jump this year.

Evan Hieber ended up third in the decathlon with 6,844 points. NDSU’s Matt Neururer (7,152) and Ryan Enerson (7,107) were first and second, respectively.

Hieber was second in the 110 hurdles (15.34), sixth in the discus (106-4), fifth in the pole vault (13-5 1/4), second in the javelin (172-2) and third in the 1,500 (4:47.6).

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Micah Mather (9:19.85) was third and Michael Schwinghamer (9:46.79) took seventh.

Daniel Clarke nished fourth in the long jump (24-3 1/2) and JJ Hejna tied for fifth in the high jump (6-5). Mason Leiseth ended up seventh in the discus (165-11) and Riley Sears tied for seventh in the high jump (6-5).

North Dakota State leads the team leaderboard with 133 points and South Dakota is second at 83.5. South Dakota State (79.5) sits in third.

Register file photo: Jackrabbit senior Vanessa Lane, shown here during the SDSU Holiday Open on Jan. 1, won the heptathlon at the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at ONEOK Sports Complex.

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