ON CAMPUS: Magelssen re-writes Bethel record book

Schultz caps Gopher career with team award


Forest Lake’s Ashley Magelssen enjoyed a dominant spring running sprints for Bethel University. The former Concordia Academy athlete was part of nine team records set this season and reached the national Division III meet. (Photo courtesy of Bethel University)

A sprinter from Forest Lake spent this spring re-writing the record books at Bethel University. Ashley Magelssen set four program records individually and five more in relay competition.

Magelssen, a sophomore, set the school record in the 60-meter dash (7.82) and 200-meter dash (25.95) indoors and the 100-meter dash (11.98) and 200-meter dash (24.41) outdoors. A graduate of Concordia Academy in Roseville, she teamed with Ashley Quick, Courtney Fregeau, and Krista McCright to set records in the 4×200 (1:43.44) and 4×400 (4:01.57) indoor relays and the 4×100 (47.78), 4×200 (1:43.19) and 4×400 (3:51.12) outdoor relays. The squad took its show on the road to the National NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field meet in Claremont, CA, where they placed 13th overall in the 4×400. Magelssen also competed in the 100 and 200 dashes at nationals, placing 20th and 18th, respectively.

She made the Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team and was a MIAC Athlete of the Week.

Trip Schultz (22) exchanges high-fives with his University of Minnesota teammates after a game this spring. The Forest Lake native finished his Gopher career and was one of two players bestowed the David Chelesnik award. (Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota)

• Forest Lake native Trip Schultz finished up his University of Minnesota baseball career. The outfielder was limited by a wrist injury as a senior and hit .200 over 19 games as the Golden Gophers went 29-27 (Big 10: 11-13). At the end-of-season banquet, Schultz was one of two players bestowed the David Chelesnik award. The honor is reserved for athletes who best demonstrate the qualities of courage, determination and perseverance that were exhibited by Chelesnik, a former Gopher who died of cancer in 1984. Schultz remained a leader on and off the field despite his injury. He started in the first game of the season and hit a home run. Schultz went 3-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored in his final game.

• Betsy Kelly of Forest Lake put together a fine sophomore season with the Colorado State University golf team. The former high school state champion ranked second on the team and sixth in the Mountain West Conference with a stroke average of 75.33. She tied for 13th at the conference championship and finished fourth overall with a 2-under total of 214 at a meet in Las Cruces, N.M. The business administration major was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar list.

• A pair of 2010 Forest Lake High School graduates are competing for the University of North Dakota track and field team. Taylor Brett of Forest Lake won both the indoor and outdoor pole vault titles at the Great West Conference Championships. She cleared 10-6 indoors and 10-8 outdoors. Teammate Anne Van Heel, also of Forest Lake, was part of the 4×400 relay that placed fifth at the conference meet in 3:55.98.

• Sam Holien of Forest Lake helped the North Dakota State softball team to a record of 38-22 (Summit League: 18-6). The sophomore infielder played in 19 games, starting nine, and hit .188. She did not commit an error.

• Sophomore Luke Schultz and freshmen Matt Schmidt and Ben Norling, all of Forest Lake, were members of the Bethel University baseball team led by former Forest Lake High School coach Brian Raabe. Schultz saw the most action of the three, playing in 32 games with 21 starts. The outfielder hit .246 with seven RBI and committed no errors in 39 chances. The Royals posted a record of 20-20 and went 11-10 in the MIAC.

Sophomore Charise Kendrick of Scandia went 7-7 playing at No. 3 doubles for the Bethel tennis team. The Royals finished 6-13 (MIAC: 1-8).

Bethel sophomore Ashleigh Matheson of Stacy saw action in seven games for the softball team, which went 16-24 overall and 10-12 in conference play.

• College of St. Benedict sophomore Lexi Alm put together a huge season on the softball diamond. The Stacy native led the team in every major offensive category as the Blazers finished 18-16 (MIAC: 10-12). Alm started all 34 games and hit .438 with 29 runs, 21 RBI and 19 extra-base hits, including eight home runs. She slugged .786, accumulated 88 total bases and went 5-5 in stolen bases on the way to all-conference honors.

• Two former Rangers played key roles as the Augsburg College baseball team went 24-15 overall and 10-10 in the MIAC. Junior Brent Kolbow, a captain, appeared in every game and started all but one. He batted .277 with 21 RBI and went 10-10 in stolen bases. The outfielder from Forest Lake committed no errors in 65 chances.

Alec Johnson, a senior from Marine on St. Croix, made 33 starts in the outfield and hit .271 with 11 RBI.

Auggie senior Stephanie Saxe of Stacy started 39 games as her team went 20-22 (MIAC: 13-9). The North Branch High School grad played second base and hit .261 with 14 RBI.

• Several local athletes dotted rosters for the University of St. Thomas. Alyssa Dunrud and Tisa Phinney, both of Forest Lake, helped the Tommies softball team go 37-9 overall and 21-1 in the MIAC. Dunrud, a junior utility player, hit .398 with 37 runs, 10 RBI and a team-high 22 stolen bases. Phinney, a sophomore outfielder, hit .374 with 22 runs, 24 RBI, three home runs and seven stolen bases.

Junior John Young fired rounds of 82 and 80 as the men’s golf team placed 16th out of 41 teams at the NCAA Championships in Howey in the Hills, FL. The Marine on St. Croix native contributed to the team’s scores of 301 and 302 over the two rounds.

Sophomore Brianna Odegaard of Forest Lake went 6-2 to help the women’s tennis team to a record of 11-8.

• Adri Acosta of Forest Lake has equipped herself nicely in some unique events for the Hamline University track and field squad. The sophomore scored 3,427 points to place sixth in the heptathlon at the MIAC Championships. She also finished eighth in the javelin throw, reaching a distance of 108-6. Acosta also took part in the 4×100 relay which placed eighth in 51.32.

• At the same meet, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota freshman Katie Stolz of Forest Lake placed 10th in the steeplechase with a time of 12:12. Stolz is a graduate of Hill-Murray School in Maplewood.

• St. Olaf College sophomore Nikki Frogner played in 20 games for the softball team, hitting .239 with three RBI. The Oles went 18-22 overall and 10-12 in conference play. Frogner, of Scandia, is a graduate of Providence Academy in Plymouth.

• Macalaster College senior Audrey Mills of Marine on St. Croix took ninth place in the MIAC Championships by clearing 5-1 in the high jump.

• Former Forest Lake High School and UW-River Falls softball player Kelsey Taylor saw action in six games for the Gustavus Adolphus College team. The Gusties went 34-9, including 20-2 in MIAC play.

• Senior Kathy Crudo started all but one game as the Winona State University softball team went 44-12, including a record of 20-6 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Stacy native, a catcher and outfielder, hit .268 with 34 runs, five home runs and 32 RBI. She committed no errors in 367 chances and recorded 23 assists. The Warriors made their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament and second straight appearance in the regional championship game.

• Scandia native Kyle Young, a junior outfielder, started 43 games as the Southwest Minnesota State University baseball team went 22-23 (NSIC: 12-14). The Riverland Community College transfer batted .255 with 19 RBI, five stolen bases and a team-high 26 walks.

Fellow Mustang athlete Kailey Hanson, a freshman from Wyoming, made 13 appearances for the softball team which went 21-21 overall (NSIC: 12-14).

• Jeremy Tetrault of Forest Lake took part in all seven events this spring as part of the 10-meet, fall-spring golf season at Concordia University in St. Paul. He posted a team-best average score of 77.3 and placed fifth at the NSIC Championships. The three-time NSIC All-Academic student-athlete was named an honorable mention all-conference performer. The senior led the Golden Bears to their second NCAA Tournament appearance. He ranks fourth at Concordia all-time with his career average and holds the No. 6 and No. 7 single-season averages in team history.

Concordia sophomore Esther Jandrich placed third in the pole vault competition at the NSIC Championships. The Forest Lake native cleared 11-4 1/4.

• Two former Rangers are members of the University of Minnesota-Duluth track and field team. Junior Jacob Lepisto of Forest Lake placed ninth in the hammer throw (145-6) at the NSIC Championships. He also finished 18th in the shot put with a toss of 40-1 1/4. Teammate Phil d’Entremont, a freshman from Forest Lake, anchored the 4×400 relay team that finished seventh with a time of 3:22.14.

• Shelby Shevik, a sophomore from Marine on St. Croix, scored an average of 115 over five meets for the Bemidji State University women’s golf team.

• UW-River Falls senior Brittni LaFontsee of Hugo placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-10 3/4 at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

• A pair of teammates from the Forest Lake High School Class of 2009 continue to find success playing baseball together. Kyle Jensen and Mike Swenson played large roles as juniors as the College of St. Scholastica went undefeated in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. The Saints went 21-0 in UMAC play and 35-11 overall on their way to the NCAA Regional semifinals. Jensen, a pitcher and infielder, earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. The Wyoming native started 33 games and hit .351 with 34 runs, 19 RBI and a .449 on-base percentage. On the mound, Jensen was 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA over 11 appearances. He tossed three complete games and struck out 46 in 53.1 innings. Swenson, a UMAC academic all-conference choice from Scandia, went 5-1 with a 3.48 ERA in seven appearances.

• Grinnell College basketball standout Griffin Lentsch, a Linwood native, recently returned from an 11-day trip to Europe as part of the 2011-12 D3hoops.com All-Star Team. The American squad played five exhibition games against professional teams from France and the Netherlands, going 4-1, then went 8-0 to win two tournaments. Lentsch will be a senior for the Pioneers in 2012-13.