South Dakota Stateâ€™s Trent Lusignan claimed All-American honors on Saturday as he finished 12th overall at the Division I Cross Country Championships.
Lusignan finished the race with an overall time of 30:18.8. The 10k race was shortened by 110 meters due to standing water on the course.
â€śYou couldnâ€™t have scripted it any better,” noted head coach Rod DeHaven on Lusignanâ€™s race. â€śHe moved though the race intelligently and it never looked like he was in trouble, it goes another half mile, who knows.â€ť
â€śThe game plan was to start out easy,” said Lusignan. â€śI felt smooth, I was just working my way up and guys were falling back.â€ť
Lusignan was in 61st place (8:39.8) at the 3k mark, but then he began to make his way towards the top. At the mid-way point he moved up 30 spots to 31st (15:01.7). The final 5k of the race was when he ascended to the leaders.
At the 8k point of the race Lusignan clocked in at 24:10.5, which moved him up to the 12th spot. He held put in the final 2k of the race as he finished 12th overall (30:18.8).
Lusignanâ€™s 12th place finish on Saturday is the second highest in school history at the D-I Championships. Garry Bentley set the highest mark in 1973 when he placed eighth overall.
Lusignan becomes the first Jackrabbit Cross Country runner to garner All-American honors at the Division I level. Brad Lowery was the last All-American for the Jacks (2002 & 2003). Lusignan is also the 44th Jackrabbit Cross Country runner to be named an All-American.