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Catching up with former area athletes: Waddell still perfect in 100 backstroke for Gophers

Sophomore standout Tevyn Waddell remains undefeated in the 100 backstroke as she nears the Big Ten Swimming Championships for the University of Minnesota later this month.

Sophomore standout Tevyn Waddell remains undefeated in the 100 backstroke as she nears the Big Ten Swimming Championships for the University of Minnesota later this month.

Waddell, the Mitchell High School graduate, led the Gophers to victories in a triple dual with Purdue and Northwestern last weekend. She won the 100 back in 54.59 seconds and was part of the winning 200-yard medley relay in 1:40.29.

Waddell, who is the defending conference champion in the 100 backstroke, also had a pair of victories Jan. 6 in a competition at the University of Hawaii. She won the 100 back in 55.12 seconds and dominated the 200 backstroke, winning by more than four seconds in 2:00.30.

Waddell and the Gophers will next be in the pool at the Big Ten Championships, which are Feb. 14-17 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Faulhaber having solid freshman campaign for Lancers

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Mount Marty College freshman sprinter Stephanie Faulhaber is off to a good start in her college career running for the Lancers.

The former Mount Vernon/Plankinton athlete has the Lancers' top time or mark in four events, in the 55-meter and 60-meter hurdles, the long jump and triple jump and on the 4x400 relay.

Faulhaber was fourth in the 60 hurdles at the Dennis Young Classic last weekend, finishing in 9.83 seconds and ran the third leg on the fourth-place 4x400 relay team (4:24.78).

On Jan. 6, she took ninth in the triple jump at the Ward Haylet Invitational, jumping 30 feet, 7.75 inches in Crete, Neb.

The Lancers are scheduled to be at the DWU Alumni Open Saturday in Mitchell.

Heusinkveld stands among GPAC's best sprinters

Northwestern College sophomore and Springfield native Anna Heusinkveld is among the top sprinters in the Great Plains Athletic Conference indoor season during the 2017-18 campaign.

Heusinkveld has the fourth-best time in the GPAC thanks to her 7.98 seconds 60-meter sprint time at the Dennis Young Classic on Saturday in Storm Lake, Iowa. She took second in the race, while also finishing second in the 200-meter sprint (26.75) and on the 4x400 relay team (4:10).

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Earlier this season, Heusinkveld won the 200 at the Dordt Open Jan. 13 in 27.17 seconds. The former Bon Homme runner has the seventh-best 200 time in the GPAC.

The Red Raiders will be at the DWU Alumni Open Saturday in Mitchell.

Kur providing inside presence for Northeast CC

Former Mitchell Christian basketball standout Majok Kur is in his second season playing at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.

The 6-foot-10 Kur has played in 21 games this season and started twice, averaging 1.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He scored a season-best eight points in a 95-85 win over Southeast (Neb.) Community College on Nov. 21. He pulled down a season-best 10 rebounds in a game at Minnesota West on Nov. 20.

Heading into a game Wednesday, the Hawks are 12-10 on the season competing in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Northeast plays at Iowa Western on Saturday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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