BROOKINGS -- Jared Rabenberg paced the Dakota Wesleyan University indoor track and field team with a fourth-place finish in the high jump at the season-opening South Dakota State University Early Bird Invitational.

Rabenberg leaped 6-feet-10 3/4 inches to hit an automatic qualifying standard for the NAIA championships at the two-day meet on Friday and Saturday at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The senior finished behind Minnesota’s Michael Burke (7-0.75) and the University of South Dakota tandem of Zack Anderson and Jack Durst, who both jumped 6-10.75.

Lydia Gerber was also eighth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.17 seconds. Emily McDonald ran 9.85 in the 60-meter hurdles which was good enough for fourth-best in program history, while Chamberlain alumna Avany Long ran 9.86 for fifth-best all-time and Montrose’s Jocelyn Krouse ran 10.52 for 10th all-time.

Krouse also posted a mark of 33-6 in the triple jump for 16th-place in the meet and 10th on the DWU all-time record board. Claire Stoller was 10th in the triple jump at 35-2.

Mitchell native Carly Haring finished second in the high jump for USD, jumping 5-feet-7 and falling to SDSU’s Addison Eisenbeisz on jumps.

DWU is set to compete in the Concordia Early Bird Multi on Friday and Saturday in Seward, Nebraska.