ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Tribune Notebook: Former Willmar Card improves her college resume some more

Leah Hansen wins her third conference title for the South Dakota State women's cross-country team

Hansen_at_Summit_2022_qUzJs.jpg
South Dakota State's Leah Hansen, a Willmar High School graduate, took first place in the Summit League championships for the Jackrabbits cross-country team in Grand Forks. N.D.
Courtesy of South Dakota State Univesity
We are part of The Trust Project.

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Former Willmar Cardinal Leah Hansen continues to pile up the accolades as a member of the South Dakota State women's cross-country team.

Hansen earned her third straight conference individual championship in the Summit League, recording a personal record in the process.

The junior from Willmar timed in at 20 minutes, 1.9 seconds, to win the Summit League title Oct. 29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She also helped the Jackrabbits to a second-place team finish.

Leah.Hansen.2022.jpg
Leah Hansen
Courtesy of South Dakota State University

She became the fourth South Dakota State runner to win a conference title three years in a row, joining Kristin Asp, Kiri Johnson and Sheena Dauer. Hansen also became the first woman to win the individual championship in the Summit and own the fastest 6-kilometer time in league history.

Hansen then helped the Jackrabbits to a 10th-place finish in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10 in Columbia, Missouri. Hansen placed 19th of 230 runners, finishing in 20:40.

ADVERTISEMENT

Olivia Howell of Illinois won in 20:02.9 and Oklahoma State won the team title with 58 points. Oklahoma State was host to the NCAA national championships last Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and wound up finishing fourth 201 points behind national champion North Carolina State (114 points), New Mexico (140) and Alabama (166).

Hansen also competes in track and field.

Two Sting commitments

Two members of the Yellow Medicine East volleyball team have made their commitments to college programs.

Ruby Bones, a senior middle hitter for YME, has committed to Minnesota State-Moorhead, an NCAA Division II program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Bones was a team MVP for the Sting and earned All-State Academic honors.

Hannah Stark is headed to Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, to continue her volleyball career. Stark is a 5-foot-10 outside hitter for YME, who were 7-17 this season. Briar Cliff is an NAIA school.

Ex-Card honored

Ex-Willmar Cardinal Cameron Murphy has accumulated several awards as he wraps up his senior season on the St. John's University football team.

Murphy, a starting offensive lineman, was one of 15 Johnnies to be named to the All-MIAC football team. The 6-5, 310-pounder is a Global Business Leadership major for the Johnnies, who are in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.

Murphy also has been named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District team. Murphy will be a four-time Academic All-MIAC honoree who starts at left tackle. He has a 3.76 grade-point average.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Johnnies are 10-1 and play Wartburg in the second round of the national tournament at noon Saturday in Collegeville.

Glacial Ridge opening

Gralcial Ridge Curling is opening up for the 2022-23 season.

Open curling is available to anyone interested at Blue Line, 2707 Arena Drive in Willmar from 6-9 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. Cost is $3 per person.

The email address is GlacialRidgeCurling@gmail.com. The website is RaiseOurHouse.com.

Class of 2023

Here is a list of known college commitments from the West Central Tribune area. If there is someone not listed, please send an email to Tom Elliott at sports@wctrib.com

Athlete, school: Ruby Bones, YME

Sport: Volleyball

College: Minnesota State-Moorhead

ADVERTISEMENT

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Athlete, school: Thomas Dineen, Benson

Sport: Wrestling

College: South Dakota State

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Athlete, school: Grayson Fuchs, Paynesville

Sport: Baseball

College: St. Cloud State

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Athlete, school: Avery Koenen, Montevideo

Sport: Women’s basketball

College: North Dakota State

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Athlete, school: Ava Mueller, BBE

Sport: Volleyball

College: University of Jamestown

Affiliation: NAIA

Athlete, school: Isaac Rudningen, KMS

Sport: Football

College: Sioux Falls

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Athlete, school: Sydney Schnichels, Willmar

Sport: Volleyball

College: Minnesota

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Athlete, school: Hannah Stark, YME

Sport: Volleyball

College: Briar Cliff

Affiliation: NAIA

Athlete, school: Kyleigh Tangen, Paynesville

Sport: Volleyball

College: Sioux Falls

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Athlete, school: Sydney Thein, MACCRAY

Sport: Volleyball

College: Southwest Minnesota State

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

What to read next
Mason City scores three unanswered goals in third period to beat Willmar, 5-4 in an NA3HL game.
Three man-advantage goals lift Willmar to a 4-3 win over Mason City
Blizzard grab a big lead to beat Willmar 9-2 in an NA3HL game at the Runestone Community Center
Granite Falls bareback rider avoid the injury bug and is ranked ninth in the world