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Sports: Former area athletes finish up college seasons

Rain has played havoc with most college sports this spring. Scheduled meets have either been postponed or canceled because of the dreary weather in the Upper Midwest. Despite that, several Mitchell-area athletes still braved the elements and part...

Rain has played havoc with most college sports this spring.

Scheduled meets have either been postponed or canceled because of the dreary weather in the Upper Midwest. Despite that, several Mitchell-area athletes still braved the elements and participated in their respective sports for their colleges. Let's take a look at what some of them accomplished:

n Mitchell native Amanda Young wrapped up a stellar college golf career at the University of South Dakota after beginning at Dakota Wesleyan. Young took fifth place at the NCAA Division II North Central Regional with a three-day score of 239 last week. That total left her 13 shots back of individual champion Rachael Schmidt if Upper Iowa. The top two teams and top two individual finishers moved on to the national championships, which is taking place Wednesday through Saturday in Pensacola, Fla.

Young's final score put her 3-over par. She was the only USD women's golfer at the tournament. It was her second straight trip to the tournament and her best finish ever at it. Last year, she finished in a tie for 18th place with a three-day score of 251.

n Woonsocket native Rosalie Brueske is part of the 18th-ranked 4x400-meter relay team for USD. She'll participate with that team today at the North Central Conference meet in Duluth, Minn. Brueske is also part of the 4x200 team that broke a Howard Wood Relays record last week. The team clocked a 1:41.21 to break the old college record at the meet in the 4x200. The old mark of 1:41.42 was set by Nebraska-Omaha in 1998.

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n White Lake native Tia Haines is having a good start to her track career as a freshman at USD. Haines took second in the women's college triple jump at Howard Wood with a leap of 36-7.25. She took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-3.25.

n Bridgewater native Heather Wollman is in her freshman season on the South Dakota State track team. At Howard Wood, Wollman finished third in the 200-meter dash with a 25.04 and was seventh in the 100-meter dash with a 12.73.

n Tyndall native and SDSU freshman thrower Michelle Schuch participated in four events at Howard Wood. She was second in the discus (137-8), fifth in the hammer throw (136-11), eighth in the javelin (7-7) and fifth in the shot put (39-6). Schuch has already qualified for the USA junior outdoor championships on June 21-24 in Indianapolis in the discus.

n SDSU sophomore and Mitchell native Todd Vlieger took eighth in the 1,500-meter run at Howard Wood with a time of 4:20.87.

n Mitchell native Aaron Hieb recently completed his sophomore season for the Augustana men's golf team. Hieb finished in 44th place at the Division II Northwest/West Super Regional in Lakewood, Colo. Hieb had a three-day score of 250. Hieb, and his teammate Brett Benson, were among five individuals chosen among eight teams that didn't qualify for the tournament to compete in it. Hieb had taken 14th place at the Northwest Region spring head-to-head championships.

n Mitchell native Matt Heesch competed in six events at Howard Wood for Augustana. He was part of five relay teams for the Vikings and finished in 15th place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:00.23.

n Platte native Myles Kuiper and Bridgewater native Tyler Gillen both played on the University of Sioux Falls baseball team this spring. The Cougars had their season end Thursday in the NAIA Region 3 tournament. Both were sophomore infielders. Kuiper played in 43 of 45 games for the Cougars and hit .311 with no home runs, 25 RBI and 36 hits. Gillen batted .283 in 41 games and had no home runs, 16 RBI and 34 hits.

n Mitchell native Karmyn Hettinger was named honorable mention all-GPAC this week for her freshman tennis season for the University of Sioux Falls. She finished with a 10-6 singles record and a 4-10 doubles record with partner Catherine Goraj. Hettinger will be joined by former Mitchell High teammate Laura Osterloo on the team next season.

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n Chamberlain native Kristen Mohror took fifth place for Black Hills State in the 1,500-meter run (5:10.37) and sixth in the 5,000-meter run (19:08.04) last Friday at the DAC championships.

n Chamberlain native Liz Woodruff took third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for BHSU at the DAC championships with a time of 12:21.67.

n Chamberlain native Cole Knippling was named second team all-GPAC for the Mount Marty baseball team this spring. Knippling batted .358 with five homers, 24 RBI and 38 hits.

n Salem native Rand Thygeson batted .305 with seven homers, 28 RBI and 29 hits for Mount Marty. On the mound, he went 5-1 with a 2.97 ERA and had 58 strikeouts in more than 36 innings pitched.

arennecke@daily.mitchellrepublic.com

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