Competing in the Summit League gives the Jackrabbits to compete against top level competition every week. SDSU travels to meets across the nation, which also features high level talent.
Brooke Garner set two school records last year and competed in the NCAA Prelims. Mary Wirth and Amy Paulzine also qualifed for the NCAA Prelims.
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
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.
During the 2011-12 season the Jackrabbits made the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence. SDSU had 85 percent of their eligible athletes to have a 3.00 or better.
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 Indoor Practice Facility.
The planned facility would include 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.