Top Performer: Jake Aanderud

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

As soon as one chapter comes to a close, another soon begins. Jake Aanderud recently placed the finishing touches on his high school career and now leaves St. Thomas More as one of the most decorated athletes in school history.

Aanderud experienced his fair share of challenges and success during his four years as a Cavalier. 

Last month, Aanderud brought home three more titles from the state track meet by winning the 100 meter dash and two relays. Overall, he has won seven individual state track titles, along with four top three finishes since 2015.

Aanderud credits his coaches for much of his success.

"Without the coaches, I wouldn't be where I am today," Aanderud said. "Especially without my dad too. He was a big coach for me. He coached me in midget football. He taught me all the fundamentals and taught me how to catch. That got me to love football."

But despite all of his success on the track, Aanderud has decided to play Division I football this fall at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Aanderud helped St. Thomas More to a 10-2 finish last year, catching 39 passes for 814 yards and 12 touchdowns. For his career, he finished with 5,008 all-purpose yards and 56 touchdowns.

"It wasn't tough at all for me to be honest," Aanderud said. "Football was always my love and I always loved it the most. If track would have offered a scholarship of any sort, I might have done both. But I definitely wanted to play football. I wanted to play D-1 and that was a big factor in my decision of going to SDSU. Also the position coach of Robert Arnheim. He was an awesome coach. Love his energy. Then the head coach, Stiegelmeier. He's just a great guy."

Congratulations to Jake Aanderud on being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer. View other Top Performers

     

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