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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Athletes shine in college arena

  • This winter sports season had several former Geneseo athletes competing at the next level for their respective colleges.
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  • This winter sports season had several former Geneseo athletes competing at the next level for their respective colleges.
    Hitting the basketball court were Erik Dornfeld and Derek Griffin, who both concluded their collegiate basketball careers.
    Dornfeld, a senior forward for the Elmhurst College men’s basketball team, played in 25 games this year and started in eight games for a total of 369 minutes.
    Dornfeld totaled 90 points for the season off 36 field goals, a three pointer and 17 free throws. He pulled down 77 rebounds (33 offensive and 44 defensive), and also had 12 assists, three blocks and three steals.
    Elmhurst finished the season at 6-19 overall and 2-12 in the conference.
    Derek Griffin, a senior center for the University of Dubuque men’s basketball team, started 17 games for the squad in 26 appearance and totaled 430 minutes.
    Griffin posted 168 points for the season on 69 field goals and 30 free throws. He also grabbed 83 rebounds (39 offensive and 44 defensive), along with two assists, 11 blocks and five steals.
    The University of Dubuque ended the 2012-13 season at 22-7 overall and 9-5 in the conference.
    Jared Kuban, a sophomore center for the Black Hawk College men’s basketball team, played in 26 games with 87 minutes this season and started in five games.
    He tallied 94 points off 38 field goals and 18 free throws; while he grabbed 92 rebounds (56 offensive and 36 defensive). He also had 15 assists, seven steals and eight blocks.
    Black Hawk ended the season at 15-16 overall and 7-5 in the conference.
    Devan Griffin saw action in 30 games with three starts in her first season of collegiate basketball as a freshman forward for the St. Ambrose University women’s basketball team.
    Griffin raked in 214 points on the season in 453 minutes of play. She scored on 87 field goals, three shots from beyond the arc and 37 free throws. She pulled down 144 rebounds (45 offensive and 99 defensive), along with 11 assists, 20 blocks and 20 steals.
    St. Ambrose finished the year at 24-7 overall and 13-1 in the conference.
    Allison Wiese, a sophomore member of the Truman State women’s basketball team, did not see any action this season due to an injury.
    On the wrestling mats this season, Geneseo was represented by two former students, Adam Sheley and West Cathcart.
    Sheley finished his career at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a national champion. For more on Adam’s career, please see the story on Page B1.
    Cathcart, a sophomore wrestler for Lincoln College, finished the 2012-13 season at the NJCAA Wrestling Championships where he went 2-2 for the tournament. He won his opener by an 18-2 technical fall, but in the following match was pinned in 5 minutes and 56 seconds. Cathcart rebounded to pin his next opponent in 2:44, but was pinned in his next match in 3:54.
    Page 2 of 3 - To get to the championships, Cathcart placed second at 197 pounds at regionals. No results were available from the tournament.
    Also this season, Cathcart nabbed two wins in the Border Brawl Duals at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Cathcart defeated his first opponent in a 10-2 major decision, followed by a pin in 1:02.
    Student-athletes competing in the indoor track and field season at their respective colleges included:
    Kyle Reiling, a freshman at North Central College, finished the mile run at the Cardinal Classic in 4:41.67.
    Branden Smith, a sophomore member of the St. Ambrose University men’s track and field team, competed in six events during the indoor season.
    Smith placed 10th in the 800-meter run at the UW-Platteville Invite in 2:18.10; 29th in the 800-m run in 2:19.10 at the Snowbird Invite, and 26th in 2:15.81 in the Olivet Nazerene Invite in the 800-m run.
    He also took 27th at the Hilltop Invite in the 800-m run with a time of 2:18.83; 15th in the 600-m run at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Meet in 1:33.63; and seventh in the Duals with Augustana in the 600-m run in 1:35.74.
    Kaci Storm, a freshman, competed in three events during the indoor season for the Iowa State University women’s track and field team.
    Storm placed fourth in the 800-m run in 2:26.56 and fifth in the 60-m hurdles with a time of 9.30 at the Holiday Preview.
    In her first pentathlon, Storm placed ninth at the ISU Classic. She took third in the 800-m run at 2:26.64; fifth in the 60-m hurdles in 9.15; ninth in the high jump at 4-7 1/2; eighth in the long jump at 15-4 1/4 and 10th in the shot put at 26-10.
    Amanda Egan, a sophomore thrower for Bellarmine University, placed sixth in the weight throw at 48-8 3/4 and 10th in the shot put at 37-3 at the GLVC Championships during the indoor season.
    Egan also took fourth in the shot put at 12.43m and fifth in the weight throw at 13.59m at the UIndy Alumni Open. She placed 11th in the weight throw at 42-11 at the Little Giant Invite, and 11th in the weight throw at 13.08m at the Tom Hathaway Challenge.
    Egan finished third in the shot put at 38-11 1/2 and seventh in the weight throw at 44-4 at the DePauw Indoor Invite, and first in the weight throw at 46-4 1/4 and first in the shot put at 39-10 3/4 at the DePauw Classic.
    Megan Wyffels is a senior pole vaulter for the Western Illinois University track and field team, but there were no results were available for the indoor season.
    Paige Gatter is a freshman member of the Lewis University women’s track and field team, but no results were available for her during the indoor season.
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