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Catching up with former area athletes: Juffer takes second in two events

Kathleen Juffer finished second in two races for the University of South Dakota women's swimming and diving team in a dual against Omaha on Jan. 12 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Juffer, a Wagner native, took second in the 100-yard backstroke and 200 backstroke, finishing behind teammate Sabrina Sabadeanu both times. In the 100 backstroke, Juffer finished with a time of 1 minute, 3 seconds, while recording a time of 2:10.39 in the 200.

The senior also took fifth in the 50 freestyle (25.52 seconds) and was on the 200 medley relay team that finished third as the Coyotes came up short against the Mavericks 171-124.

Juffer and USD take on South Dakota State in a dual on Saturday in Brookings.

Kuil finishes fourth in 200 dash in Fargo

South Dakota State University sprinter Cameron Kuil finished in fourth place in the 200-meter dash on Saturday at the Thundering Herd Classic in Fargo, North Dakota.

Kuil, a former Winner Warrior, recorded a time of 22.66 seconds at the event. The freshman also ran a leg on the SDSU 4x400 relay team that finished fourth.

Kuil and the Jackrabbits will compete in the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational on Saturday in Brookings.

Kuca leading Lancers

Mount Marty women's basketball player Ali Kuca continues to lead Lancers this season. The 5-foot-9 guard from Dante leads the team in scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game.

In Mount Marty's 82-75 win over Dakota State on Jan. 9, Kuca recorded a game-high 19 points. She's drilled 57 3-pointers on the season, which is 16th best in the nation. Kuca and the Lancers play College of Saint Mary on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Choal takes 12th at Hawkeye Invite

University of South Dakota sprinter and hurdler Phoenix Choal took 12th place in the 200-meter dash at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.

The sophomore and former Lyman Raider recorded a time of 28.92 seconds. She also finished 12th in the prelims of the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.82 seconds.

Choal and the Coyotes will compete at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational on Saturday in Brookings.

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