South Dakota State University senior Colton Bender earned his first Summit League accolade of his career, netting co-athlete of the week for his performance at the SDSU Indoor Classic.

He posted a career-best mark in the weight throw (68 feet, 10 inches), which reset the school record for the third consecutive week. Since the Mark Messersmith Invitational, Bender has increased his personal-best distance by 3-6¾ feet.

The Rapid City Stevens graduate has been ranked first in The Summit League's performance list for two straight weeks. He has also been ranked in the top eight among Midwest Regional weight throwers (seventh last week, fourth this week).

Bender cracked the top 25 nationally, being listed 24th after this weekend.

It is his third straight win in the event, fourth overall this season. The senior has placed in the top three of the weight throw in all five meets this season, which totals to 12 career top-three finishes.

He's the second Jackrabbit thrower to earn a weekly award since joining the league in the 2007-08 season. SDSU alum, Sean Burns is the last student-athlete to win the weekly honor in the 2010-11 season.

BHSU, Mines set school marks at SDSU meet

The Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines indoor track and field teams both came away with some school records at the Jackrabbit Classic Friday and Saturday in Brookings.

For Black Hills State, Taylor Hepp set three school records, in the 200-meter dash in 22.42 seconds (29th place), in the 400 (49.06, 14th place) and as part of the 4X400 relay team (3:18.43, sixth), along with Garrett Snook, Brian Kjerstad and Tristan Hepp.

Also for BHSU, Bryce Boser finished in a tie for second in the pole vault with a height of 15 feet, 5 inches.

The Hardrockers earned two new school records, improved on one provisional qualification, had 19 personal-best records (PRs) and posted six  Mines all-time top 10 performances.

Mines freshman Andy Ferris earned a school record during the men's 800-meter run in 1:55.13.

The Hardrocker men's distance medley relay team also set a school record. The team of Chase Wood, Kevin Ptak, Ben Colvin and Jake Huber posted a time of 10:28.15 to set the new school mark.

Hardrocker Jack Batho, IV also improved on his NCAA Division II provisional mark in the men's shot put. The junior took 10th place on Saturday after a toss of 16.17 meters. Batho is currently third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with this past weekend's performance for the shot put and also has a provisional qualifying mark in the men's weight throw and is ranked second in the RMAC (18.76).

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Both Mines and Black Hills State compete Saturday in the Stinger Open at BHSU.

BHSU soccer signs four for 2018 season

Black Hills State University head women's soccer coach Mike Greco has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2018-19 year.

They include Ella Goodman, Madison Kandler, Ryleigh Yanke and Morgan Smith.

Goodman is a 5-foot7 forward from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She attended Coomera Anglican College, captaining the team her senior year, and helping to lead the team to the Grand Final Championships. She scored 12 goals for Souths United Football Club in 2017.

Kandler, a native of Corona, California, is a 5-7 midfielder. She was a captain her senior year at Norco High School, and has been a captain for the past two seasons for her club team, Corinthians Soccer Club.

Yanke is a 5-8 defender/midfielder from Las Vegas, Nevada. As a member of Albion Soccer Club, she has won the club state championship four consecutive years. She has also played in the Nevada Olympic Development Program for three years.

Smith is a 5-4 midfielder from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She is transferring to Black Hills State after playing two years at Western Nebraska Community College. She was a captain her sophomore year at Western Nebraska CC.

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