College Track and Field

South Dakota State medals in 11 events, wins two gold at Summit Championships

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FARGO, N.D. — South Dakota State men finished third as the women took fourth alongside medals in 11 different events to wrap up the final day of competition at the 2024 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Men

Tristen Hanna claimed the Summit League crown in the triple jump to earn himself the top spot on the podium in the triple jump with a mark of 48-11.75, which ranks fifth in school history.

Carson Noecker grabbed his first Summit League track championship medal with a silver in the 5000-meter run with the fifth fastest time in school history (14:16.83). Cody Larson (14:26.43) finished fourth and Josh Becker (14:31.70) came sixth.

Thailan Hallman ran a 49.03 for silver in the finals of the 400-meter dash as James Pierce finished sixth in 49.63.

Brandon Kampsen clocked a 4:10.13 in the men’s mile run to finish second overall for silver. He was joined in the event by Jackson Dutcher (4:11.40, PR, fifth), Daniel Burkhalter (4:11.83, sixth) and Will Lohr (4:11.86, seventh).

Jake Werner took the bronze medal in the 200-meter dash finals with a clocking of 21.78.

Caiden Fredrick grabbed his second medal of the weekend—this time a bronze in the shot put—for his personal-best mark of 53-09.75. Lee Reiser was just behind in fourth with a PR of 53-07.00 as Ryan Hackbart finished 12th with a 43-08.00.

Jared Wipf took fourth (6.80) and Drew Olson (6.87) was seventh in the finals of the 60-meter dash as Pierre Lear finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdle finals in 8.49 seconds.

Kampsen also finished seventh in the finals of the 800-meter run with his time of 1:56.56 while in the 4x400-meter relay, Werner, Hallman, Lear and Reggie Slaba teamed up and clocked a 3:19.34 for fourth place.

Carson Kirwan joined SDSU history with his clearance of 6-08.75 to tie for fourth in the high jump and tie for 10th in school history. Connor Powers also finished sixth in the event with a 6-06.75.

Ryan Benson scored 4882 in the heptathlon to finish sixth overall and maintain his spot on third on the SDSU All-Time List.

Following the meet, Hunter Wallster was recognized as the Men’s Scholar of the Championship, presented by JLG Architects. He currently holds a 4.0 grade point average in Mechanical Engineering. The honor is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative undergraduate grade point average participating in each of the Summit League’s 19 championships. Each institution that is participating in a Summit League championship is eligible to submit one nominee for the award.

The SDSU men finished third in the team rankings with 135.5 points. South Dakota claimed the team title with 165 points to edge out North Dakota State in second with 163.5 points.

Women

Claire Beckman crossed the finish line first in 2:13.89 during the women’s 800-meter run finals to become a Summit League champion and take the gold.

Leah Hisken collected her second medal of the championship after taking second place in the 5000-meter run with a time of 16:56.02. Jessica Lutmer (17:14.94) was fifth and jumped to 10th all-time, Ashlyn Hillyard (17:22.83) finished seventh and Caitlin Bright (17:43.23) was 13th.

Brielle Dixon tied her personal best in 8.30 seconds for the silver medal in the 60-meter hurdle finals as Savannah Risseeuw clocked a new PR of 8.52 for sixth. Risseeuw’s mark is also the third-fastest time in school history.

A season-best mark of 5-08.50 from Madison Kizer, just .25 off her personal best, gave her third place in the women’s high jump. Layne Kirkendoll finished 10th with a 5-02.50 and Hadley Carlson cleared 5-00.50 for 17th.

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Jessica Boekelheide, Erika Kuntz, Maggie Madsen and Emily Rystrom ran a 3:49.53 to take the bronze medal.

Dixon (7.55) and Jaiden Boomsma (7.56) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 60-meter dash finals as Dixon’s time moved her to fifth all-time.

Boomsma also competed in the finals of the 200-meter dash, clocking a 25.09 for an eighth place finish overall.

In the mile run, Grace Waage took fifth in 4:53.94 as Emma Gonzalez ran a 5:05.96 for 10th. Jenna Soine finished 11th in 5:06.10 and Bright was 18th with a 5:15.94.

Laci Leverty cleared 12-11.00 for a seventh place finish in the women’s pole vault and the second best mark in school history as Emma Smith finished 17th in the triple jump with a 35-11.50.

Milee Young took ninth in the finals of the shot put with a season-best mark of 43-04.25 as Josie Curry (40-01.50) was 15th and Kaitlynn Bot (39-10.75) was 16th.

The SDSU women finished fourth with 78 points as North Dakota State took first with 203.5 points and South Dakota was second with 192.5 points.

Looking ahead

Should South Dakota State have any national qualifiers, athletes will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Massachusetts on March 8 and 9.