The Jackrabbits won the 2013 Summit League Championships and have been competitive every year since joining the Summit League. Individual runners have had major success as well, with most notably Trent Lusignan winning the 2013 Summit League Championships and finishing 12th overall at the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.
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 the 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.
In the classroom, SDSU athletes have also set a high mark under DeHaven. In 2005, Brad Lowery was awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for his achievements as a physics major.
During the past five years, every men’s and women’s cross country and track and field team have earned recognition as an All-Academic Team from the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.