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Previewing the Track Championships

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 07/17/2013 22:16:40

The South Dakota State track and field teams are set to open day one of The Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Muncie, Ind.

Fort Wayne is the host for this year’s championships, but the events will take place on the campus of Ball State University.

The Jackrabbits have 27 athletes or relay teams that rank in the top-five in their respective events.

In the men’s 400-meter dash, Luke Leischner ranks first (48.15) and Jared Foote is second (48.34).

SDSU has three of the top-five times in the men’s 5000-meter run. Trent Lusignan has the top overall time (14.13.11), Anthony Bongard ranks second (14:23.94) and Michael Krsnak (14:37.41) rounds out the top five.

Lusignan and Bongard also rank in the top-three in the 10,000-meter run. Lusignan is in first with his time of 29:40.56 and Bongard ranks third with his time of 30:11.73.

Tera Potts ranks in the top-five in two events. She ranks third in the 1500-meter run with her time of 4:33.90 and in the 3000-meter steeplechase she is fourth with a time of 10:34.39. She set the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Beach Invite just a few weeks ago.

Jeremiah Ary is second overall in the triple jump with a distance of 48’ 6.00”.

In the women’s discus, Brooke Garner has the top distance of 170’ 5.00” and Amy Paulzine is third with a mark of 151’ 2.00”.

The women’s hammer throw will be a high contested event as only one inch separates the top two throwers. Garner is in second with her mark of 198’ 11.00”.

Earlier this season Garner won back-to-back Summit League Athlete of the Week Awards.

Connor Berg ranks third in the men's high jump with his height of 6' 7.00".

In the women's high jump, Kali Olson ranks third with her height of 5' 5.75".

The Jackrabbits have found success throughout the season as they have posted top-times in school history.

Carly Carper’s time of 11.95 in 100-meter dash ranks fourth in SDSU history. She also ranks sixth in the 200-meter dash (24.67).

Potts’ time of 4:33.90 in 1500-meter run ranks fifth. Also mentioned earlier, her time of 10:34.39 in the 3000-meter steeplechase is a new SDSU record.

The team of Gina Fritz, Ashley Odegaard, Megan Bren and Carper set the third-best time in the 4x100-meter relay. They ran a time of 46.71 at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

A week earlier, the same team of Fritz, Odegaard, Bren and Carper ran a time of 1:40.42 in the 4x200-meter relay at the Drake Relays. Their time is just .01 seconds short of the school record (1:40.41).

Fritz, Carper and Bren teamed up with Krista Creager to run the 1600-meter medley relay at the Drake Relays. They ended up setting a new school record with their time of 4:01.43.

Potts, Bren, Laura Lawton and Erin Hargens ran the distance medley relay in 12:04.46. Their time ranks fourth in SDSU history.

Amy Leiferman moved up the pole vault ranks to fifth place with her height of 11’ 0.75”.

Garner beat her own school record in the women’s hammer throw at The Duals in early April. Garner recorded a distance of 198’ 11.00”.

Also in the women’s hammer throw, Shelby Assmus ranks third with her distance of 178’ 2.00. McKenzie Johnson climbed into sixth as she recorded a mark of 161’ 9.00” at the Dakota Duals. Amy Paulzine ranks eighth with her distance of 159’ 4.00”. Trisha Sumption rounds out the top-ten with her toss of 156’ 7.00”.

Assmus also set the fifth best mark in the discus with her distance of 155’ 2.00” at the Beach Invite. Paulzine ranks tenth in the discus with her mark of 151’ 2.00”.

Krsnak set the school record in the 3000-meter run with his time of 8:23.17.

Lusignan ranks fifth in the 5000-meter run with his time of 14:13.11. Bongard cracked the top-ten as he ranks sixth with his time of 14:23.94.

Lusignan made a huge jump from tenth to third in the 10,000-meter run after his time of 29:40.56 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

The team of Dom Wright, Jared Foote, Justin Carson and Leischner ran a time of 1:27.19 in the 4x200-meter relay at the Drake Relays. Their time is fourth best in SDSU history.

Ary’s distance of 48’ 6.00” in the triple jump ranks fifth in SDSU history.

Cullen Mack’s toss of 166’ 9.00” ranks fifth in the hammer throw.

The events will begin on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the decathlon. At noon the field events will start with the women’s hammer throw and the running events will take place at 7 p.m. with the women’s 10,000-meter run.