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Bermel, Pierzinski help SDSU at indoor championship

Chloe Bermel and Reid Pierzinski. Submitted Photo

Former Patriot track stars Chloe Bermel and Reid Pierzinski have found their footing in at South Dakota State University.

Bermel, now a sophomore for the Jackrabbits, is a member of the 4x400 relay team that finished third at the Indoor Summit League Championship, setting a top-5 all-time mark for the school in the process. Bermel also set a personal-best time in the 400-meter race. The women's track team finished fourth at the meet.

As a freshman in his first indoor season, Pierzinski managed to set a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles - finishing seventh with a time of 8.49 - to help the Jackrabbits men's team claim its first indoor team championship in 28 years. After the preliminary race, Pierzinski was fourth with a time of 8.32.

He also finished seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 11.25 inches, improving his personal best by nearly a foot, and was on the Jackrabbits 4x400 relay team that finished fifth with a time of 3:20.38.

The outdoor season is set to begin for SDSU in the final week of March.