College athletes: Jondahl is D-III national vault runner-up for 2nd time


Jena Jondahl
Jena Jondahl

Jena Jondahl, Winona State junior gymnast from Elk River, was runner-up in vault at the Division III nationals last Saturday with a 9.55 score at UW-Whitewater. Jondahl was also silver medalist at nationals her freshman year. With Elk River, she was state champion in floor exercise and uneven bars as a senior in 2010.

Elk River’s Jonna Curtis was granted a redshirt year after playing just six games for New Hampshire before suffering a broken collarbone in an collision during a game, meaning she still has four years of eligibility. Curtis, the Elks’ all-time scoring leader, had a goal and six assists in her first six collegiate games. The Wildcats, who finished 14-16-4, were 4-2 in those games.

Katie Jesperson, junior from Elk River, has a 12-1 record at No. 1 singles for the Augustana (S.D.) tennis team. She’s also 11-3 at No. 1 doubles with Michelle Wadas of Colorado. The Vikings are 14-2. The Elks’ all-time leader in victories was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the week on Monday, her third honor this season.

Katie Erickson, former Elk hockey and softball standout, was a sophomore defenseman for Lindenwood University in Missouri this year. She had three goals and five assists for the Lions (7-26-3), who play a D-I schedule including games against Wisconsin, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Mankato.

Brittany DeZiel, UW-Stout junior gymnast from Rogers (Spectrum High School) placed fourth in floor exercise with 9.625, seventh all-around (37.175) and 11th on vault at Division III nationals March 22-23 at UW-Whitewater. She was first-team All-American in floor ex and second-team in all-around. Last year she was ninth all-around.

McCabe Buege, Central Florida sophomore golfer from Rogers, has played in three of the Knights’ seven tournaments in the fall and spring seasons, averaging 74.9 strokes. His top finish was 23rd.

Alex Kline, University of South Dakota freshman golfer from Elk River, had a 75.8 average, second on the team, in five fall events, then led the team in the spring opener with a 12th-place 70-75-72–217 at the 14-team Sacramento State Invitational on March 11-12.