Track & Field / Cross Country Excellence Fund
The Track & Field/Cross Country Excellence Fund serves as an avenue for individuals to directly invest in the needs of the Jackrabbit Track & Field and Cross Country programs above and beyond our traditional operating expenditures. Your support in the Jackrabbit Club and now the Track & Field/Cross Country Excellence Fund is essential to our program and will help us continue in training a championship level program in The Summit League. All funds raised through the SDSU Jackrabbit Track & Field/Cross Country Excellence Fund will go directly to projects and needs identified by our coaching staff.
The Track & Field/Cross Country Excellence Fund will aid me and my staff in continuing to pursue championships by providing additional resources to enhance the overall Jackrabbit student-athlete experience. With the combined dedication of our student-athletes, coaching staff, past letterwinners, and donors, there is no doubt in my mind that we will continue to compete and win championships year in and year out. You will find a detailed listing of our excellence fund goals below. I hope that I can count on you to continue to elevate our program.
Rod DeHavenDirector of Track & Field/Head Cross Country Coach
Track & Field / Cross Country Excellence Fund Initiatives
Enhanced Travel Budget
Having funds available for our athletes to travel to elite competitions across the nation will extend our athletes' seasons and allow them an even greater chance to compete at the highest level possible, prepare them for the entire season, and provide them with unique opportunities to succeed against the best programs in the country. Your gift to this initiative will help us fully prepare our student-athletes.
Athletic Gear & Equipment
Our world-class Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex is a wonderful training facility for our student-athletes to utilize. It provides them a place to train and compete year round, but new equipment for various running and field events are vital to enhance our training as well as home competitions. Shoes and team gear are also needed for student-athletes to train and compete at the highest level while representing South Dakota State University.
SDSU Cross Country and Track and Field has had a incredible tradition of producing championship teams and individuals. We want to honor those teams and individuals with a board of champions in hallway with the existing trophy case and school records in the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. This board would include the championship teams and All-American Individuals from the NAIA, AIAW, NCAA College Division, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I eras. It would also highlight the NCAA postgraduate scholars and Academic All-American Student Athletes.