Competing in the Summit League, the Jackrabbits have been successful on the team level and the individual level as well.
In the 2010-11 season, the Jacks took second in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Since joining the Summit League and Division I competition, SDSU has been competing at a high level.
Not only have Jackrabbits been rewarded with their hardwork in the classroom during their undergrad career, they have recieved post-graduate scholarships.
A Rapid City native, Jasinski also earned recognition on Capital One Academic All-America Men's Track and Field/Cross Country Third Team with a 3.78 grade-point average while majoring in electrical engineering. Besides his academic accomplishments, Jasinski excelled in the field events during his career at SDSU, winning the high jump and placing second in the triple jump in earning Field MVP honors at the 2011 Summit League Outdoor Championships.
He competed in both events at the NCAA West Preliminaries, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA Championships with a 13th-place effort in the high jump. Jasinski holds school records in the indoor heptathlon and high jump both indoors and outdoors. In addition, Jasinski has been named to all-academic teams by The Summit League and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Not a lot of coaches have had the career like Rod DeHaven has had. DeHaven had a standout career while he was a student at SDSU, and was able to come back and continue to have success as a coach.
While coaching the cross country teams, DeHaven has continued the long standing tradition of excellence at South Dakota State. In 2005, the men’s team captured the NCAA Division I Independent Championships, which was their 30th conference title in the program’s history and first at the Division I level.
During his four years of cross country competition, he ran to an unprecedented four North Central Conference individual championships and four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division II national meet. With DeHaven leading the pack, SDSU also captured four conference team championships and the 1985 NCAA Division II National Championship.
With the current student-athletes enjoying success, they are are building a solid foundation for tomorrow. With the hardwork of the SDSU and their alums, SDSU is proud to announce the building of Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.
Opening in the fall of 2013, the facility includes an eight-lane, 300-meter track and 100 yards of synthetic turf, along with space for sports medicine, athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, observation rooms and office facilities.