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Catching up with former area athletes: Kraft, USF claim NSIC title

Wessington Springs' Jase Kraft, left, stays neck-and-neck with Parker's Duane Jongeling during the Class B boys' 1,600-meter run at the 2013 state track and field meet Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Kraft took first in the event. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Wessington Springs graduate Jase Kraft helped the University of Sioux Falls men's cross-country team win the first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in school history on Nov. 3. The Cougars placed four runners in the top five at the Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen.

Kraft tied a career-high with his fifth-place finish but set a career-best mark in the 8,000-meter distance with his clocking of 24:38.22 bettering his previous mark of 25:06 by 28 seconds.

Kraft, Steven Brown, Mason Phillips and Zach Lundberg all earned first team All-NSIC honors. Kraft picked up his third All-NSIC honor.

The Cougars ranked No. 9 in the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II poll. USF is also No. 1 in the Central Region rankings.

The Cougars will compete in the Central Region Championships on Nov. 17 in Joplin, Missouri.

Waddell, Minnesota set for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference announced the participants and broadcast coverage for the ACC/Big Ten Swimming and Diving Challenge in West Lafayette, Indiana on Nov. 10-11.

The University of Minnesota swimming team will send 13 athletes to participate at the inaugural event. Overall nine swimmers and four divers from the Gopher men's and women's teams will travel to compete alongside their Big Ten foes against the ACC.

Mitchell native Tevyn Waddell is among five Gopher women that will compete in the event. Waddell, a junior, was an All-American last season in the 200-yard medley relay. She was also an honorable mention All-American in the 100-yard backstroke a season ago.

Big Ten Network will provide coverage for the event. Saturday's coverage will begin at 4 p.m. on BTN2Go and Sunday's events will begin at 9 a.m. on BTN.

Juffer, USD conclude inaugural triathlon season

The South Dakota triathlon team wrapped up its inaugural season with a runner-up performance at the 2018 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship on Nov. 4 in Tempe, Arizona.

Wagner graduate and USD senior Kathleen Juffer completed her triathlon campaign with a 19th place finish after crossing the finish line in 1:17:34.5.

South Dakota's freshmen trio of Leah Drengenberg, Sammy Whitting and Payton Ryz each finished in the top-10 individually as the Coyotes placed second behind three-time national champion Arizona State.

In the team race with three athletes scoring, Arizona State recorded a perfect score of six points. South Dakota tallied 25 points for second, while East Tennessee State took third with 38 points.