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Belling, Palkie, Coley, Sweet, Kunkel and Dilling Named Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Molly Belling of Nebraska-Omaha, Liz Palkie of Minnesota Duluth and David Coley of South Dakota have been named the North Central Conference Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week while Amanda Kunkel of St. Cloud State and Kami Sweet & Jim Dilling of Minnesota State have been named the North Central Conference Outdoor Field Athletes of the Week.

Belling, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., won the 100 (:11.50 handheld) and the 200 (23.97) at the Nebraska Open and then finished seventh in the 100 (:11.80) at the Drake Relays. Belling was the only NCAA Division II athlete to make the finals in the 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays.

Palkie, a freshman from Carleton, Minn., recorded an outdoor personal best of 2:11.12 in finishing sixth in the open 800 at the Drake Relays. She was the second NCAA Division II athlete in the race and her time is the seventh best in NCAA Division II competition this season. She came back Saturday to anchor the UMD 4x800 relay team that set a school record with a time of 9:12.12.

Coley, a senior from Bellevue, Neb., finished second in the 100 (:10.60 handheld) and third in the 200 (:22.29) at the Nebraska Open.

Kunkel, a junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., won the shot put at the Drake Alternative meet with a throw of 46-7 1/2. The throw is the 11th best throw in NCAA Division II competition this year and just over a foot short of the SCSU record.

Sweet, a junior from Blue River, Wis., posted a 150-11 discus throw at the Drake Relays.

Dilling, a senior from Fond du Lac, Wis. won the special invitational high jump at the Drake Relays, defeating ten elite competitors. He had a outdoor career-best and school-record leap of 7-6 1/2 which surpasses the NCAA Division II automatic qualifying standard and is the top jump in NCAA Division II competition this season.

Others nominated: Track Male: Dan Kromer, Minnesota State; Jared Clementson, Minnesota Duluth. Track Female: Emily Balster, Minnesota State; Renee Aune, North Dakota; Heidi Mullenberg, South Dakota. Field Male: Creighton Schroyer, North Dakota; Ben Walters, South Dakota. Field Female: Jessica Clausnitzer, North Dakota; Shaneaka Parkes, South Dakota.