Zenner breaks two school records

Troy Maroney/Register: South Dakota State's Rachel King edges South Dakota's Megan Billington by one hundredth of a second to win the 1-mile run during Saturday's Jim Emmerich/Alumni Invitational at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

BROOKINGS – Sam Zenner was faster than ever during the Jim Emmerich/Alumni Invitational on Saturday at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex as South Dakota State picked up eight event wins.

The junior from Eagan, Minn., remained unbeaten in his junior campaign, winning the 60- and 200-meter dashes with school-record times.

He ran the 60 in 6.77 seconds, breaking his own mark by .01.

Zenner crossed in a sizzling 21 flat in the 200 to recapture the SDSU record.

The 200-meter mark of 21.83 was held by Edmund Estephane for 17 years until Luke Leischner ran a 21.82 in 2011. Zenner shattered that at the SDSU Holiday Classic on Dec. 1 with a 21.5 clocking, before Coby Hilton finished in 21.41 last week during a dual versus North Dakota in Grand Forks.

The record is again Zenner’s, as the 21-second clocking is also an SJAC record and ranks eighth in NCAA Division I this season.

Junior Bryant Courter won the long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 9 1/2 inches and the triple jump at 49-6 1/4.

Senior Kyle Burdick placed first in the 3,000 meters in 8:08.45, winning by 15.44 seconds. He set the school record in the 1,000 (2:25.08) the prior night.

Derek Boekelheide pulled out a victory in the 800 in a time of 1:54.92.

On the women’s side, senior Rachel King crossed in 4:55.61 to win the mile, edging South Dakota’s Megan Billington by .01. Billington (9:59.31) later edged King (10:00.88) in the 3,000.

Kendra Dykstra placed first in the 800 in 2:21.86.


Sam Johnson, Mitchel Acker, Reid Pierzinski and Landson Larson won the men’s 4x400-meter relay in 3:17.2.

Miatta Flemister-Smith, Allison Sebern, Krista Steele and Oksana Covey won the women’s 4x400-meter relay in 3:51.17.

Alumni 1,600-meter run

Trent Lusignan won in 4:22.42 and Brendan Sage (4:26.43) was second.

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