Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: South Dakota State

South Dakota State's Mary Wirth, Cody Larson and Megan Waytashek
South Dakota State's Mary Wirth, Cody Larson and Megan Waytashek

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The April installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from South Dakota State.

Mary Wirth, Women’s Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Sioux Falls, S.D.
Major: Biology
GPA:  3.89

Mary Wirth has earned All-America honors in the high jump two times and won five Summit League individual titles during her collegiate career. Wirth, who was recently named 2015 Summit League Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, won her second indoor high jump title and later earned second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Championships. She also has claimed three outdoor high jump titles, winning the event at the league championships in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Wirth attained All-America status for the first time during the 2014 outdoor season, placing 12th. Academically, Wirth has been honored on the Summit League All-Academic Team two times (outdoor team in 2014 and indoor team in 2015), as well as being recognized multiple times as a Summit League Distinguished Scholar and on the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. 

Cody Larson, South Dakota State
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Sioux Falls, S.D.
Major: Psychology
GPA: 3.37

Cody Larson made a big impact on the Jackrabbit basketball program in his two seasons since transferring from the University of Florida. Larson started all 67 of the team’s games over two seasons, averaging 13.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 campaign, followed by 13.9 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds per game during his senior season. He was named the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year during the 2014-15 season en route to also earning first-team all-league honors. He was a second-team all-Summit League honoree the previous season. In the classroom, Larson has compiled a 4.0 GPA since his arrival at SDSU. 

Megan Waytashek, Women’s Basketball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Lino Lakes, Minn.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
GPA:  3.97

Megan Waytashek completed her collegiate basketball career by earning all-Summit League honors for the third time during the 2014-15 season. She led the team in scoring each of the last two seasons, averaging 11.8 points per game as a junior and 14.1 points per game as a senior. For her career, Waytashek totaled 1,391 points to rank 13th in school history. Waytashek was honored for her work in the classroom by being named to the Capital Academic All-America Second Team during the 2014-15 season. A two-time academic all-district honoree, Waytashek also has been named to the Summit League All-Academic two times and has been honored multiple times as a Summit League Distinguished Scholar and on the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Information written and compiled by South Dakota State University.