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COLLEGE ROUND-UP: Kong on Augustana’s national champion relay

March 11, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

MANKATO, Minn. - Augustana College won the men's distance medley at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

The team of Travis Beniak, Khor Kong, Henrik Hansson and Tom Karbo had a time of 9 minutes, 49.06 seconds to claim the victory by more than 6 seconds for the school's first-ever indoor national championship in a relay.

Kong, who is in his freshman season, is a Marshalltown High School alum.

The time for the Vikings at Minnesota State University set a school record and also broke the South Dakota state mark.


Wickwire in the water at NJCAA swimming nationals

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Marshalltown High School grad Mike Wickwire had two top 10 finishes for Iowa Lakes Community College over the weekend at the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Wickwire, a freshman for the Laker men, was the anchor leg swimmer on each the seventh-place 800-yard and ninth-place 400 medley relays. Individually, Wickwire was 17th in the 1,650 freestyle (19 minutes, 1.34 seconds), 22nd in the 500 freestyle (5:13.81) and 24th in the 200 freestyle (1:53.11).

He also was the third leg on Iowa Lakes' 400 freestyle relay.


Penick has four hits in SMSU's win over No. 10 Indiana Univ.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Southwest Minnesota State University softball team downed NCAA Division II No. 10 Indiana University (Pa.), 13-9, on Friday at the Rebel Spring Games.

Senior Kris Penick, a BCLUW High School grad, had four hits (a career-best at SMSU) to go with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Mustangs.

Southwest Minnesota State takes a 7-3 record into a pair of games today at the tournament. The Mustangs have a pair of wins over ranked teams this spring.

Penick is hitting a team-high .469 through the season's first 10 games (15-for-32).


Grand View women fall in NAIA quarterfinals

SIOUX CITY - Concordia (Neb.) handed Grand View a 80-68 defeat in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship on Saturday.

Jennifer Jorgensen had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Grand View, which finishes the year with a 30-6 record. Kristin Rasmussen, a former AGWSR High School Cougar, had 10 points and five assists for the Vikings.

State schools Northwestern and Briar Cliff meet in Monday night's semifinals.

In the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo., both Northwestern and Briar Cliff lost in Friday's second round.

No. 8-seed Northwest (Wash.) edged No. 9 Northwestern 83-74.

Northwestern senior Walker Seim (East Marshall High School) had a huge final game for the Red Raiders (26-7) as he had 32 points and 10 rebounds. Seim went 7-for-10 from 3-point range to set a tournament-high for makes behind the arc.

Seim scored more than 1,300 points and had over 200 3-pointers in his Northwestern career.

No. 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) stopped Briar Cliff 55-50.

Jake Shipley had 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Chargers (22-11). The West Marshall High School alum Shipley was the Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Year this winter as a junior.



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