Outstanding Jackrabbit awards

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Three South Dakota State University student-athletes have been honored with the Outstanding Jackrabbit Award.

Award recipients

• Maggie Smither, women’s soccer

• Christian Rozeboom, football

• Sam Zenner, men’s track and field

Smither was honored three times as the Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year during a record-setting career. The Sioux Falls native holds career school records for wins (44), shutouts (32) and saves (298), as well as single-season school records for goals against average (0.34 in 2016), wins (14 in 2019), shutouts (14 in 2019) and save percentage (.916). A two-time MVP of the Summit League Women’s Soccer Championship, Smither set league records with her 14 shutouts in 2019 and 32 for her career.

Rozeboom finished his standout career as the Jackrabbits’ all-time leader in tackles with 475. A linebacker from Sioux Center, Iowa, he tallied 100 or more tackles each of his four seasons, including a team-high 111 tackles in 2019. 

Rozeboom was a four-time first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection and earned All-America recognition three times. He was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision as a senior.

Zenner excelled on the track for the Jackrabbits, winning back-to-back Summit League indoor 200-meter titles in 2019 and 2020. The Outstanding Track Performer at the 2019 Summit League Indoor Championships hosted and won by the Jackrabbits, Zenner added a 60-meter title among his 10 career all-Summit League awards. 

The Eagan, Minnesota, native also ran on two league-champion 4x100-meter relays during the outdoor season in 2018 and 2019, the latter of which went on to earn honorable mention All-America recognition at the NCAA Championships. He also was a two-time honoree on Summit League All-Academic squads.

Jackrabbit Scholar-Athlete Awards

• Lance Eide, football, 3.93 grade-point average as an agricultural business major

• Evan Fick, men’s track and field/cross country, 3.96 GPA in mechanical engineering

• Sydney Bormann, women’s golf, 4.0 GPA in human biology

• Lily Schimke, women’s swimming, 4.0 GPA in food science

In all, 37 graduating senior student-athletes compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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