November 12, 2013

SDSU's Bongard Featured by Argus Leader

The Argus Leader featured South Dakota State men's cross country runner and veteran Anthony Bongard's journey over the last seven years.

Anthony Bongard is coming to the end of the road as a South Dakota State runner. It’s taken seven years.

That’s not an indictment of his ability to quickly traverse long distances. To the contrary, the super senior has helped the Jackrabbits build the best men’s cross country program in the Summit League as evident by four conference titles in five years. Rather, Bongard’s extended experience has been rife with obstacles: Military deployment, academic struggles, untimely injury and illness.

He has cleared all of them, prepared this week to run what’s likely to be the last race of his college career – the NCAA Division I Midwest Region meet Friday at Iowa State – and expected next semester to earn a degree in math. Bongard will be the first in his family to graduate from college and he’ll have done so without giving up the sport he loves.

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