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Trojans - Wed, Jun. 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – Lorin Larsen is considered one of the best jumpers in Dakota State University track & field program history.  Five of the school records he set still stand after 30 years.

Larsen was a graduate of Hurley High School where he was a four-year All-Conference selection in both football and basketball.

At Dakota State, he holds the school record in triple jump with a measurement of 48 feet and 1 inch set in 1983.  He added to the school records with a 24 foot, 5 inch long jump, set in 1984.  Larsen also ran a leg in the men's record setting 4 x 400-meter relay that set a school record of 3 minutes, 16.40 seconds.  He also ran a leg in the 1600-meter relay at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

Larsen added two indoor track school records from 1983 – 46 feet, 8.75 inches in the triple jump and 23 feet, 1 inch in the long jump.

Larsen was a four-time Most Valuable Athlete at the South Dakota Intercollegiate (SDIC) conference meet.  He qualified for the Outdoor Track National Meet four times and the Indoor Track National Meet three times.  He was selected as DSU's Team Captain in 1985.

After graduating from Dakota State University in 1985 with a degree in business, Larsen went to work at KJAM Radio where he worked for 26 years, last as the station manager.  He was employed as an account executive for WNAX Radio in Yankton at the time of his death in October, 2012.

Larsen served on the DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was the President at the time of his passing.  He was also immediate past chairman of the South Dakota Broadcaster Association.

Larsen officiated high school football and basketball for 27 years, starting in 1985, including state championship games in 2001 and 2009.  He also mentored young officials throughout the state. 

He was posthumously recognized with the 25-year officiating award at halftime of the Class 9B State Football Championship game in 2012.

Larsen has three daughters – Kelsi, Kristin and Jordyn – and one son – Logan.

For further information and so that we may plan appropriately for the banquet Saturday evening (June 7), please RSVP by contacting the Athletic Department at 605-256-5229 or e-mail Carla Sudenga at Tickets are $14 per person and may be purchased at the door. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:15 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

2014 DSU Athletic Hall of Fame Series
Monday, June 2 - Desa Rae Cleveland (Doyle)
Tuesday, June 3 - Amy Tvedt (Hansen)
Wednesday, June 4 - Lorin Larsen
Thursday, June 5 -
Friday, June 6 -

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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