Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.
©Jim Kirby 2017

Iowans Covey and Yeager Help Jack Rabbits to Big Finish at Conference

Joshua Yeager-Cedar Point-Drake SDST ©Jack Rabbits Athletics 2020

Joshua Yeager-Cedar Point-Drake SDST
©Jack Rabbits Athletics 2020

The South Dakota State track and field teams concluded the 2020 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships Presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare on Saturday at the Lutheran Health Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Courtesy Jack Rabbits Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.©Jim Kirby 2017  (congratulations on your recent engagement!-Next Level Iowa)

The Jackrabbit men finished second with 179 points, while the women came in third with 94 points.

Sam Zenner won gold in the men’s 200 and also picked up the new Lutheran Health Fieldhouse facility record with his mark of 21.60. Behind Zenner’s, Coby Hilton finished fifth with 21.97and Daniel Clarke ended with a mark of 22.39 to earn seventh.

Addison Eisenbeisz picked up SDSU’s second individual conference title in the women’s high jump. Eisenbeisz leaped for a new personal best of 5-8.75, moving her from eighth to fourth on SDSU’s all-time list. After Eisenbeisz, Chloe Holtz took fourth at a 5-7.00 and Maddie Mingo took 12th with a jump of 5-1.00.

Micah Mather edged teammate Joseph Minor-Williams by five thousandths of a second to earn the conference title in the men’s 5,0000. Mather crossed the line at 14:40.013 while Minor-Williams followed at 14:40.018 to earn silver. Joshua Yeager finished fifth at 14:50.04, Gabe Peters took sixth with a mark of 14:50.82, Lukas Nelson picked up seventh with a 14:57.06 and Thomas Breuckman clocked a 15:26.15 to round out Jackrabbit finishers.

Nick Wessels earned runner-up and a silver medal in the men’s 60m hurdles with his time of 8.10. Jacob Lackas finished sixth with a 8.41 and Reid Pierzinski finished eighth in the event’s finals.

Ellie Friesen took second in the women’s mile, clocking a 4:57.97 to earn silver.

Oksana Covey took silver in the women’s 800 with a mark of 2:11.58. Tori Glazier finished fifth at 2:17.49 and Jessica Christoffercame in eighth with a time of 2:27.38.

Familiar faces found themselves back on the podium today. Lukas Nelson and Joshua Yeager, who took second and third in the men’s 3,000 yesterday, were back today after Nelson took second in the men’s mile with a mark of 4:11.65 and Yeager crossed at 4:12.57 for third.

Caleb Bray earned bronze in the men’s 400 with his time of 48.77.

Sam Zenner won bronze in the men’s 60m dash with a mark of 9.91. Behind him, Coby Hilton took fourth with a 6.94 and Daniel Clarke took seventh, clocking a 7.00.

SDSU’s women’s 4×400 of Lauren Van Dyke, Hannah Whitbread, Rich-Ann Archer and Oksana Covey earned bronze with a mark of 3:52.59, while the men’s 4×400 of double medalists Sam Zenner and Caleb Bray along with Blake Iverson and Landon Larsoncrossed the finish line at 3:21.11 to also take third.

Anna Donnay finished fourth with a 17:19.21 in the women’s 5,000. Noah Huber took sixth in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 62-7.25. Rich-Ann Archer ran a 25.62 in the women’s 200m finals with her seventh place finish in her debit conference championships. Archer (7.932) and Emily Altenburg (7.938) went five and six in the women’s 60m dash.

Blake Iverson (5th place, 1:56.15) and Derek Boekelheide (7th place, 2:00.19) represented  the Jacks in the men’s 800 finals, while Lauren Van Dyke ran a 57.86 in the women’s 400 finals.

Haley Mottinger ended the women’s 60m hurdle finals with a sixth place finish that matches her career-best mark of 8.76 that has her at sixth all-time at SDSU.  The Jacks went 4-5-7-11 in the men’s triple jump with Reid Pierzinski (4th place, 46-1.50), Trey Tiefenthaler (5th place, 46-0.75), Tre Manning (7th place, 45-6.25) and Daniel Clarke (11th place, 43-2.50).


1.) North Dakota State 211.5
2.) South Dakota State 179
3. South Dakota 156.5
4.) Oral Roberts 74.5
5.) North Dakota 21.5
6.) Western Illinois 11
7.) Purdue Fort Wayne 7

1.) North Dakota State 213.5
2.) South Dakota 148
3.) South Dakota State 94
4.) North Dakota 72.5
5.) Oral Roberts 72
6.) Western Illinois 39
7.) Purdue Fort Wayne 18
8.) Nebraska-Omaha 6

Full results of the South Dakota State track and field teams concluded the 2020 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships Presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare can be found here.

South Dakota State returns for outdoor season March 25-28 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and March 27 and 28 at the Texas State Bobcat Invite in San Marcos, Texas.