Cementing a legacy: Allison Ziebart aims to leave Ethan/Parkston with a state title
The South Dakota State pledge has lofty goals for the 2022 season, but is well on her way to achieving them after a top-10 triple-jump mark at the Wagner Relays.
PARKSTON, S.D. — Undoubtedly, Allison Ziebart is well known locally, but Parkston's multi-sport star is aiming to make her name known across South Dakota this season.
Ziebart has been a huge part of the Parkston athletic program throughout her high school career, becoming a leader for both the volleyball and girls basketball teams throughout her time as a Trojan.
However, the senior is most known for her accomplishments for the Ethan/Parkston track and field team. She has littered the co-op team’s record book with her name over the past four years, earning a scholarship to continue her track and field career at South Dakota State University.
Before her high school career is over, however, Ziebart still has goals to accomplish and is hoping to leave an even bigger impact on the Ethan/Parkston team, with a goal to become one of the first state champions in the co-op team’s history.
With the start she is off to, it is hard to doubt her ability to do just that; this year, she logged a mark of 35 feet, 6 inches with her first triple jump of the season, good enough to place her in the top ten of girls triple jumpers in 2022.
Ziebart’s early-season success, unlike the surprising start from Ethan/Parkston freshman James Deckert , was unsurprising to the coaching staff at Ethan/Parkston.
“We know what she’s done in the past,” Ethan/Parkston boys track and field coach Joe Shepardson said. “We just hoped she could have a good day and jump, and that’s what she did.”
After dealing with bad weather and multiple meet cancellations, the weather broke on April 12, allowing Ziebart to make her 2022 debut at the Wagner Relays. She did not disappoint, placing second in both the triple jump and high jump with season-best marks (35 feet, 6 inches in triple jump, 16 feet, 6 1/2 inches in long jump).
While both jumps led to medals and pushed Ziebart into the top-10 of South Dakota jumpers for triple jump, she was not overly excited about the results.
“In the long jump, we had four total jumps and I scratched the first three, so I was lucky to get that last jump in,” said Ziebart, reflecting on her performances in Wagner. “In the triple jump, I am happy with it. It’s a good starting place for the year.
There’s good reason for Ziebart to have high expectations of herself, especially when jumping is concerned. She has been one of the most prolific girls athletes for the Ethan/Parkston team since the two schools went the co-op route in 2010. She holds the program record in girls triple jump after her mark of 36 feet, 9 inches in last year’s Southeast South Dakota Conference meet while appearing in the top ten of multiple other events in the program’s record books.
Checking off goals, paving a road
Before Ziebart moves on to SDSU, she has one major goal left to check off her list: win the Class A state championship for girls triple jump.
“I want to win it this year,” Ziebart said. “It would be nice to break my record again, but if I get to 36 feet, I’ll be happy.”
Her accomplishments have not only benefited herself, but also her freshman sister, Lauren, who joined Allison on the Ethan/Parkston team last season. Lauren immediately started competing with Allison, logging the second-best triple jump in program history as an eighth-grader in 2021 (32 feet, 11 3/4 inches).
Allison says the competition between the two helps both of them get better while helping teach Lauren has helped her improve in ways she hadn’t before.
“It’s definitely different, but it's good. We both push each other and I think that’s what makes us so competitive,” Ziebart said.
Her success has paved the way for both her sisters, Lauren and seventh-grader Berkley, to become the next in line to lead the Ethan/Parkston jumpers. With all their success, Shepardson foresees bright futures for the entire Ziebart family.
“We’ll have three Ziebart's jumping for us at some point,” Shepardson said. “It’ll be sad to see Allison graduate because she’s done a lot for this school and this program.”