YODER – Southeast senior Jordan Stoddard made her college intentions known shortly after the conclusion of the high school volleyball season on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Stoddard, an all-state athlete in volleyball and in track and field, signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at NCAA Division I South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.
She said the decision was a very easy one to make.
“My decision was 100% by heart,” Stoddard said. “I went there and completely fell in love with it. I fell in love with the athletes right away, along with the programs I will be attending.”
Stoddard has seven track and field championships to her name over the course of her high school career and holds several school records, as well.
She stormed onto the scene her freshman year winning high jump in both the indoor and outdoor season in 2019. In 2020, she added two more titles during the indoor season, winning the 400-meter dash and ran a leg of the 4x400-meter relay.
During the 2021 indoor season, Stoddard found herself back on top of the high jump division. It was the first of three state titles she won during her junior season, as she also won the outdoor high jump and the long jump events.
During the outdoor season a year ago, Stoddard beat out the old Class 1A state record in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, four inches, beating the old record by 15 inches, while coming up an inch short of a state record in the high jump.
This winter, Stoddard said she will be taking the indoor season off to heal up prior to her final outdoor season as a Lady Cyclone.
“I don’t regret anything,” Stoddard said. “I love the fact that we have gained a coach in coach (Jeff) Logsdon. He’s amazing. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Expectations are high coming into her senior season as she eyes the 20-foot mark in long jump and six feet in high jump.
She said she will focus on those same two events once she arrives in South Dakota next fall, and as of right now, not doing any running events.
“We had some goals last year, and she came close to hitting them. We’ll hit them for sure this year,” Logsdon said. “Track is a mental game. They see her show up, and they know they are already beat.
“Her leadership has been invaluable to the younger kids and seeing how she competes and being very humble about it rubs off on the younger kids.”
Stoddard will be majoring in animal science with minor in ag business.