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How’s college life?

Readers tell of other area athletes competing at the next level

November 29, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

Thanks to our readers, here's a spotlight on what a few more area athletes are doing at the college level.

Starting with Estherville Lincoln Central alumni, 2012 graduate Alex Blomquist is in his second year as a cross-country runner and track athlete at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. He has been Honorable Mention All-Region in cross-country the last two years. He finished 15th at the regional meet this year. The team placed fifth at nationals last year and 15th this year. He was also a member of the 4x800 relay team that placed ninth at the nationals last year in track and set a new school record. (Editor's note: Martin Christensen and Ashley Weston both ran cross country for Iowa Lakes this past fall.)

2013 graduate Adam Reiter is a member of the track team at Iowa Western Community College in his first year. He will run the 400 and the 600 in the indoor season. He will also attempt the pole vault.

Three athletes from Ringsted also are competing in various events.

Taylor Morris, a senior 6-1, 238-pound defensive end played his final season at Northwestern College in Orange City this past season. He returned six kickoffs for a total of 54 yards. He played in all 11 games and finished with nine solo tackles and five assists with one tackle for loss. Northwestern finished the regular season with an 8-2 record ended the year last Saturday in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series with a 38-13 loss to Missouri Valley.

Jake Morris is in his junior year of wrestling at Wartburg College in Waverly. Wrestling at 197 pounds the past two seasons, he has compiled a 26-13 record with 20 pins.

Travis Hantelman, a 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver played in three games at Morningside College in Sioux City. He played in three games and had one catch for two yards. Morningside is 10-1 this season and will play its second-round game of the NAIA Championship Series today at 1 p.m.

Former Spirit Lake standout KJ Veldman is playing at Brown University. Where she is averaging 4.8 points per contest and has played in all four games. She is the granddaughter of Sharon Joy of Estherville.



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