Twelve honored with Impact Awards

A dozen South Dakota State University senior student-athletes have been recognized as recipients of the Jackrabbit Impact Award.

The honorees, who represent eight different teams, include:

  • Sydney Bormann, women’s golf;
  • Zach Carlson, wrestling;
  • Mikey Daniel, football;
  • Ryan Earith, football;
  • Makenzie Hennen, volleyball;
  • Tagyn Larson, women’s basketball;
  • Leah Manuleleua, soccer;
  • Henry Pohlmeyer, wrestling;
  • Mitch Raihle, men’s swimming and diving;
  • Luke Sellers, football;
  • Ashley Theobald, women’s swimming and diving; and
  • Chase Vinatieri, football

Bormann was a mainstay in the Jackrabbit women’s golf lineup who ranks in the top 10 for career scoring average. The Parkston native earned second-team all-Summit League honors as a sophomore, when she averaged 76.4 strokes per round. Bormann has truly excelled in the classroom, where she has been honored on several academic teams and received several research-related awards as a human biology major.

Carlson led the Jackrabbit wrestling team in dual victories each of his final two seasons, going a combined 24-7 in duals as a junior and senior. A native of Murdock, Minnesota, Carlson also posted a team-best 25 wins against six losses during the 2019-20 season, en route to a runner-up finish in the 184-pound weight class at the Big 12 Championship and earning his first berth in the NCAA Championships. His career record was 56-26.

Daniel proved to be a versatile and durable running back for the Jackrabbits. The Brookings native led the team with 11 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore, while ranking second in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns each of his final two seasons. He completed his career with 1,728 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns (29 rushing, 1 receiving).

Earith was a consistent performer on the defensive side of the ball for Jackrabbit squads that reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs each of his four seasons in the lineup. A two-time second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree, the defensive end from Papillion, Nebraska, led or shared the team lead in sacks three times. His 19 career sacks rank fourth in program history.

Hennen reached the 1,000-kill mark for her career during her senior season in 2019, finishing with 1,070 in becoming the 12th player in program history to reach the milestone. An outside hitter from Jordan, Minnesota, Hennen led the team in kills during both her junior and senior seasons with respective totals of 340 and 345. She also tallied 845 career digs.

Larson played three seasons with the Jackrabbits, tallying 947 career points and 577 career rebounds. She was named Summit League Transfer of the Year in her first season in the Jackrabbit lineup during the 2017-18 campaign, then was a second-team all-Summit selection each of the next two seasons in starting all 63 games. She averaged 10.5 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds as a junior, when SDSU reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. She posted a career-best average of 12 points per game as a senior, along with six rebounds per game.

Manuleleua led or shared the team lead in goals each of her three seasons in a Jackrabbit uniform, finishing her career with 23 goals and 11 assists for 57 points in 56 games. Of her 23 career goals, 12 were game-winning goals. The 2019 Summit League Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 11 goals with four assists, she helped lead the Jackrabbits to the league tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Manteca, California, native also was an all-region honoree and a three-time all-Summit League selection.

Pohlmeyer qualified for the NCAA Wrestling Championships three times and posted a 76-43 career record at SDSU. He first wrestled at nationals in the 141-pound division as a sophomore before moving up to 149 pounds for his junior and senior seasons. The Johnston, Iowa, native won 20 or more matches each of his final three seasons, including posting a 22-5 mark that included a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship during his senior season.

Raihle became the first Jackrabbit to be honored as Summit League Men’s Diver of the Year after repeating as 3-meter champion and placing second on the 1-meter board at the 2020 league championships. An all-Summit League performer each of his three seasons at SDSU, the Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, native holds school records in 3-meter diving and platform diving.

Sellers’ contributions rarely showed up in individual statistics, but his blocking from the fullback position helped pave the way for a potent Jackrabbit rushing attack that averaged more than 200 yards per game over the last two seasons. A team captain as a senior, Sellers scored a touchdown on his lone career reception in the 2019 regular season finale at South Dakota.

Theobald, a native of Fort Pierre, earned all-Summit League recognition each of her four seasons as a member of the Jackrabbit women’s swimming and diving team. She holds the school record in the 100-yard individual medley and was a member of record-setting 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays. Theobald also was a two-time honoree on the Summit League All-Academic Team.

Vinatieri set Jackrabbit career records for points kicking (362) and extra points made (221). He also holds SDSU single-season records for points kicking (108) and extra points in a season (56), while sharing the school record for longest field goal at 57 yards. His 47 career field goals rank third in program history. The Sioux Falls native earned All-America honors in 2017, when he made 13-of-14 field goal attempts to lead the Football Championship Subdivision in field goal percentage at 92.9 percent.

The top Jackrabbit scholar-athletes and Outstanding Jackrabbit Award winners will be announced later this week.

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