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.
The Jack Johnson Classic is Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis.