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Area athletes find success in college

? Former Carlton athlete Katie Moench, now a senior playing basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, was recently named a first team All-WIAC selection. Last season Moench was an All-WIAC honorable mention selection.

  • Former Carlton athlete Katie Moench, now a senior playing basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, was recently named a first team All-WIAC selection. Last season Moench was an All-WIAC honorable mention selection.

Moench led the league in scoring average with a 16.2 points per game average and in three-point field goal accuracy with a percentage of 46.4 percent. She also ranked second in free throw percentage at 85.5 percent and fifth in field goal percentage at 45.9 percent.
Moench was also an All-WIAC honorable mention selection last season for the Yellowjacket softball team. She will help anchor the infield for UWS as they open their softball season in Fort Meyers, Fla., on March 14.

  • UMD basketball player Justine Axtell was named to the All-North Central Conference Women's Basketball Team on Tuesday.

Axtell, a senior guard, is from Barnum where she starred for the Bombers. She is one of only a handful of northern Minnesota girls players to score over 2,000 points in her high school career.
This season Axtell average 10.8 points per game for the Bulldogs.

  • Former Cloquet High School track star Matt Kramer has had a big impact on the University of Wisconsin-Superior over recent weeks. Kramer qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Track and Field Championships and he also was part of a relay team which set a school record.

Kramer, a junior, was the top finisher for the UWS men as he finished second in the 800 meters in a time of 1:54.30. The time also provisionally qualified Kramer for the NCAA Division III Championships.
The former Lumberjack teamed with Lee Sims, Scott Eisenach and Nathanial Hargrove to form the distance medley relay team that finished third and set a school record of 10:17.77. The record-setting time was 18 seconds faster than the previous record.

Ironically, the same four runners ran in the 4x400-meter relay which finished seventh in a school record time of 3:25.22, which was three seconds faster than the old mark at UWS.

To cap off the night the four set a third school record in the 4x200 relay event in a time of 1:34.74 despite finishing in just ninth place.

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Kramer was also named the WIAC Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 12-18. Running in the University of Minnesota Snowshoe Open on Feb. 16, Kramer finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.01, which is currently ninth best in the nation and first in the conference in the event. It is also a UWS school record.

In the past month Kramer has been a part of at least five school records at UWS.

Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: kdrodd@aol.com .

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