The collegiate track and field season is underway despite cold and snowy weather conditions.
Before the dawn of spring, the indoor season runs from January until early March.
A pair of former Daily Globe-area athletes competed for Morningside College during the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 16 in Lincoln, Neb.
Sheldon native KACE GROFF combined with Monte Larsen, Eric Koithan and Brad Wright to win the 3,200-meter relay for the Mustangs in 7 minutes, 50.40 seconds.
Adrian native HAILEE HEITKAMP teamed with Jennifer Petsche, Neeia Cooperwood and Breanna Mathes as Morningside placed second in the 1,600 relay with a school-record time of 3:57.84.
Heitkamp was the runner-up in the mile run (5:38.34) as the Mustangs competed Feb. 9 at the Dordt Invitational in Sioux Center, Iowa.
She was the champion in the 1,000-meters (3:09.00) as Morningside participated during the Dennis Young Classic on Feb. 2 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Heitkamp combined with Petsche, Cooperwood and Shelby Hall to place second in the 1,600 relay (4:06.53).
Edgerton native ALYSON DROOGER posted some impressive statistics at Dakota State University this season.
Drooger, a 6-foot-1 forward, played in 22 games this season, making 53 percent (82 of 156) of her field goals and 75 percent (27 of 36) of her free throws as the Trojans went 6-20 overall.
She was Dakota State’s third-leading scorer (217 points, 9.9 per game), the Trojans’ top rebounder (132 rebounds, 6.0 per game) this season, while adding 46 assists.
Drooger had the seventh-most blocked shots among NAIA Division II players with 77. Her 3.5 blocks per game ranked second in the nation. Drooger had a school-record 11 blocked shots against Mount Marty on Dec. 5. She added 16 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing a triple-double.
Drooger eclipsed a record once held by Adrian native MARIA GENGLER, who blocked 10 shots in a game in 2006. Gengler is still Dakota State’s single-season blocked shots champion with 102. Drooger is second with 77.
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