Records fall at SDSU Holiday Open

BROOKINGS – The South Dakota State track and field teams had a successful Friday at the SDSU Holiday Open with 17 new personal records and seven event records broken, including one SJAC record.

The afternoon started out with Vanessa Lane gathering 3,560 points in the women’s pentathlon for a team-best fifth-place finish.

Bryant Courter won both the long jump (24 feetm 4 1.2 inches) and the triple jump (50-0 3/4), breaking the event record by over a foot.

Colton Bender took the first-place spot in the weight throw with a mark of 65 feet 0.75 inches.

Abby Sudbeck led the Jackrabbits in the women’s weight throw, earning fifth place with a personal-best mark of 57-5 1/2.

Emily Altenburg placed third (17-8) in the women’s long jump. Emma Stewart was fifth (17-2 1/4).

Trent Francom and Anthony Andera represented the Jackrabbits in the pole vault, placing third and fourth, respectively, after clearing 15-7.

Michelle Johnson and Bailey Cowling took first and third in the women’s high jump. Johnson, in her first meet, cleared 5-5 while Cowling added a new personal-best of 5-5, as well.

Jaymie O’Connor recorded second (8.81) in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles and shaved off seven-hundredths of a second to finish runner-up in the finals (8.74). For the men, Nick Wessels ran a career-best time of 8.41 in both the prelims and the finals to record fourth place.

Coby Hilton added some good times, finishing sixth in the finals of the 60 meters with a best time of 6.99 in the prelims. He also added a fourth-place finish in the 200 (22.02). Cameron Kuil placed third in the 200 in 21.97.

Heidi Stoltenburg was the lone Jackrabbit in the 800, recording a time of 2:28.24 in the win.

To finish the night, the men’s 4x400-meter relay team – Landon Larson, Cameron Kuil, Josh Goehring and Sam Johnson – won the race with a time of 3:18.30. 

Evan Hieber totaled 4,561 points to ended up sixth in the men’s hepathlon, which concluded Saturday.

Minnesota’s Titania Markland broke the SJAC record in the 600 (1:29.89) and the meet record in the 400 (56.46).

South Dakota’s Jacob Barents broke the meet record in the shot put (57-4 3/4).

Minnesota had a pair of unattached women’s competitors break meet records – Navoka Clunis in the shot put (51-10 1/2) and Kaitlyn Long in the weight throw (69-6).

Kimberly Peterson of SIoux Falls broke the meet record in the pole vault (13-3 1/2).

The Jackrabbits return to action at the NDSU Bison Classic on Jan. 13 in Fargo, N.D.

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