Six Track & Field Athletes Join Wildcat Women During NCAA Early Signing Period

WAYNE – With the indoor track and field season right around the corner, the Wayne State College women’s track and field team will be adding six student-athletes to their squad for the 2018-19 season.

WSC head coach Marlon Brink made the announcement on Monday that Cassidy Connell of Holdrege, Alison Dykman from Fremont, Nicole Heeren of Allison, Iowa, Jordyn Pester from Charter Oak, Iowa, Andrea Torres of Wayne and Molli Vasa from Colon have signed their national letter of intent during the NCAA early signing period.

Cassidy Connell is a thrower from Holdrege High School where she is a multi-sport standout in softball, basketball and track and field. Last year as a junior, Connell was the Class B runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 40′ 8 ¾” and also placed 10th in the discus (121’3″) while helping her team to a second-place finish in Class B. She was also a Class B state qualifier in the shot put as a sophomore and excels in the classroom with Academic All-State honors.

Alison Dykman is a high jumper from Archbishop Bergan High School in Fremont. She placed seventh as a sophomore in the Class C high jump clearing 5′ 2″ and was district champion that year. Dykman also holds the school record in the high jump with a top mark of 5′ 3 ½”.

Nicole Heeren is a thrower from North Butler High School in Iowa where she is a five-year starter in softball, four years in track and field and basketball and three-year starter in volleyball. Last spring as a junior, Heeren was the Iowa Class 1A state champion in the discus (123′ 6″) and runner up in the shot put (40′ 4 ½”). She was also a state shot put qualifier as a sophomore. Heeren is an All Top of Iowa Conference East selection in softball, MVP and All-Conference in basketball and Second Team All-Conference in volleyball.

Jordyn Pester is a middle-distance runner from Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto/Charter Oak-Ute High School in Iowa where she is a four-year letter winner in track and field and two years in cross country. Pester was the Iowa Class 1A 400-meter state champion as a junior with a time of 56.97 seconds and ran legs on the state champion 4 x 400 relay and distance medley relay team as a junior. She also qualified for the state cross country meet as a junior and earned All-Western Valley Conference honors in cross country as a junior and senior.

Andrea Torres is a distance runner from Wayne High School who has competed in cross country and track and field. This fall, Torres placed 12th for the Blue Devils at the Class C State Cross Country meet after placing 44th one year ago as a junior. She is a three-year state qualifier in cross country and has earned Academic All-State honors.

Molli Vasa is a hurdler/middle distance runner from Wahoo Neumann High School where she is a multi-sport standout in softball and track and field.Last spring as a junior, Vasa medaled in three events at the Class B state track meet, placing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.4) while also running legs on the sixth place 4 x 800-meter relay and eighth place 4 x 400-meter relay team. In softball, Vasa earned All-State honors as a junior and senior and helped Wahoo Neumann win the Class C state title this fall.

The Wayne State College women’s track and field team will join the men for their indoor season on Friday and Saturday, December 1-2 at the South Dakota State Holiday Open in Brookings. The outdoor season will get underway on March 23-24 with the Wildcat Outdoor Classic.

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