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Catching up with former area athletes: South Dakota State's Wes Genant among the nation’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists

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South Dakota State University offensive lineman Wes Genant, center, blocks during the FCS playoffs national semifinals May 8, 2021 against Delaware in Brookings. (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)
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BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University football offensive lineman Wes Genant is one of 76 finalists for college football’s top scholar-athlete award, the Campbell Trophy.

Genant, of Parkston, is one of 36 nominees from the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. A senior center for the Jacks’ offense, he is majoring in biochemistry and pre-medicine, with the goal of becoming a family medicine physician after his time at SDSU.

Genant was honored in July with his third career selection to the College Sports Information Directors Academic All-America Division I football team with a 3.89 grade-point average, becoming the fourth SDSU football player to earn the honor three times. He is a two-time captain for the Jackrabbits and has been a three-time Missouri Valley Football Conference all-academic first team selection.

Nominees are selected by their schools and must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2, have outstanding football ability as a first-team or significant player, and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.

The award recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The list of semifinalists will be narrowed to roughly a dozen finalists on Oct. 27, with each of them receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The award winner will be named on Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, receiving a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000.


USF’s Voigt shows well early in the cross country season

SIOUX FALLS — The University of Sioux Falls’ Aaron Voigt, a native of Gregory, has posted top times for the Cougars’ cross country teams early in the season.

At the University of Minnesota’s Griak Invitational on Sept. 24, Voigt was 30th in a time of 26:21.5 in the men’s 8,000 meter Maroon race, which featured top runners in NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA. At the South Dakota State University Classic on Sept. 10, Voigt was 21st, finishing in a time of 26:19.94 at 8,000 meters.

Voigt is coming off a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last May at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships

The Cougars will participate in the Lewis University Crossover Meet on Oct. 9 in Romeoville, Illinois. The NSIC meet will be held Oct. 23 in Wayne, Nebraska.

Letcher’s Moody among Yellow Jackets’ leaders in goat tying

SPEARFISH — Sanborn Central alumna Madi Moody just completed the fall segment of the Black Hills State University rodeo season with some strong showings.

Moody, who is a junior from Letcher and competes in goat tying, is part of the Yellow Jackets women’s team that leads the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Great Plains standings with 1,635 points.

On Sept. 10-11, Moody and the Yellow Jackets competed at the Falcon Stampede at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Moody was sixth in the long go with a goat-tying time of 7.9 seconds, helping the BHSU team finish second on the weekend. A week later, at Mid-Plains Community College’s doubleheader rodeo in North Platte, Nebraska, Moody was fourth with a time of 16 seconds on two runs as part of a third-place team finish.

For the fall goat tying standings, Moody is 14th in the Great Plains circuit. The BHSU college rodeo season will resume in April.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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