South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced that South Dakota State University has won the inaugural “South Dakota Showdown Series.” That’s the yearlong collegiate athletics and academic competition between SDSU and the University of South Dakota.
The Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn, uses a point system in which each school can earn a maximum of 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and Summit League Championship finishes in 17 men’s and women’s sports. Academics play an essential role as well, and the university compiling the most points by the end of the school year receives the specially designed traveling trophy. South DakotaState bested the University of South Dakota 14-13 in the athletic/academic competition, with both schools excelling on the academic front, earning three points apiece toward the final points earned.
“With the help of the South Dakota Utilization Council, SDSU and USD were able to showcase academic and athletic excellence all season long,” said SDSU Director of Athletics Justin Sell. “We are excited to be the inaugural winners of the Showdown Series and look forward to future years of competition.”
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits earned one Showdown point for the following wins: soccer (W) Oct. 21; cross country (M) Oct. 27; basketball (W) Jan. 6; basketball (W) Jan. 30; basketball (M) Jan. 31; swim & dive (M) Feb. 20; swim & dive (W) Feb. 20; tennis (W) April 11 and golf (W) April 22. Additionally, SDSU earned two points for winning the Nov. 17 football game and three points for academic success, totaling 14 overall points. USD earned 10 athletic points and three academic points to total13 overall.