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Catching up with former area athletes: Kraft headed to NCAA Division II nationals

Wessington Springs graduate and University of Sioux Falls runner Jase Kraft will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships on March 9-11 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wessington Springs graduate and University of Sioux Falls runner Jase Kraft will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships on March 9-11 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kraft is a member of the men's distance medley relay team that will compete at nationals. Kraft and the relay team combined to run the seventh-fastest time (9:48.04) in the 12-team field.

Kraft recently won the men's mile run at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships in Mankato, Minnesota. The junior finished with a time of 4:10.82.

Kraft also finished third in the 3,000-meter run (8:34.27) and seventh in the 800-meter run (1:58.34).

Waddell qualifies for national swimming meet

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Mitchell graduate and Minnesota freshman swimmer Tevyn Waddell will compete in the NCAA Division I Championships on March 15-18 in Indianapolis.

Waddell, who recently won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, will compete individually in the 100 backstroke. She set a school record and won the Big Ten title in the event with a time of 51.96 seconds.

Waddell will also compete in four relays for the Gophers at the national meet. Waddell is a member of the 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams that will participate at nationals.

Gustafson named second-team all-GPAC

Northwestern College sophomore center Darbi Gustafson was among the second-team all-Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball team honorees announced by the conference Wednesday.

Gustafson, an Ethan native, pulled down over eight rebounds per game, second-best in the GPAC. Gustafson scored 12.7 points per game, shooting 54 percent from the floor, and has eight double-doubles. She has scored in double figures 18 times this season.

Northwestern (19-11) will play in the NAIA Division II women's basketball tournament on March 9 in Sioux City, Iowa against Southern Oregon.

Area pair of Lancers receive GPAC honorable mention nods

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A pair of Mount Marty College women's basketball players were honorable mention picks for the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference Wednesday.

Parkston native Logan Wagner averaged 11.9 points per game and started all 30 games for the Lancers, leading the team with 37 steals. She also led the team in minutes played, averaging 31 minutes per contest and finished her career with 1,292 points for Mount Marty.

Lake Andes native Kellie Winckler started 30 games for the Lancers this season and averaged 6.6 points per game and grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game. She shot 52.3 percent on field goals for the season and finished her career with 600 points.

Mount Marty's season ended at 13-17.

Wagner named North Star honorable mention

Chamberlain graduate and Dakota State University junior guard Kennedy Wagner was named a North Star Athletic Association all-conference honorable mention selection.

Wagner, a 5-foot-9 guard, played in 29 games for the Trojans this season. She averaged 10.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. She led the team with 2.7 assists per game (78 total assists).

Wagner converted 189 free throws in 240 attempts this season. She ranks 11th in the NAIA Division II in free-throw percentage of 86.3 percent, which she also leads the North Star conference in free-throw percentage.

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Dakota State recently lost to Dickinson State in the first round of the NSAA tournament. The Trojans finished their season 8-22.

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