South Dakota State’s Trent Lusignan has been named The Summit League Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Lusignan had a junior season for the record books.
He started the 2013 campaign on Sept. 28 at the Griak Invite where he place 19th overall (24:47.8). The week after his season-debut he won the SDSU Classic (9/28) for the second time (24:54.2).
Lusignan and the Jackrabbits traveled to the Pre-Nationals (10/19) meet in Terre Haute, Ind., where he ran a time of 23:49.7 to finish 19th. After his strong performance in Terre Haute, he won The Summit League Cross Country Championships (11/2); he posted a final time of 24:49.4.
He went on to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with his second place finish (30:30.3) at NCAA Midwest Regional meet (11/15). At the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships (11/23) he posted a final time of 30:18.8 to place 12th overall. He was the top Jackrabbit finisher in all six meets he competed in.
Lusignan was honored numerous times throughout the 2013 season. He was named The Summit League’s Athlete of the Week three times (Oct. 1, 8 & 23), All-Summit First Team, Summit League Cross Country Championship MVP, All-Region and All-American.
Lusignan was third Jackrabbit to be named a Division I Cross Country All-American (Jack Pearson 1952 & Garry Bentley 1973). He also joins Michael Krsnak (2012) as the second Jackrabbit to be honored as The Summit League Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.