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Former Colfax athletes complete spring college competition

A pair of track and field athletes and a softball player, all former standouts of Colfax High School, finished their seasons at their respective colleges this past May.

Macalester (MN) University sophomore Lachlan Hinwood, a long distance runner, concentrated on the 1500 m race and the 3000 m steeplechase for the outdoor season. He placed seventh in the 1500 at the Tom Cat Twilight meet at St. Thomas University in April with a time of 4:03.66 but seemed to find his niche in the steeplechase, a race where you jump over a hurdle and a puddle of water as you run around the track. Hinwood finished fourth in the race with a personal best time of 9:48.62 at the Bolstaff meet on his home track in April, was sixth at 10:18 at the Hamline University meet, and placed 14th at the MIAC meet at 10:10.28 May 8.

You could say freshman Heidi Leiffort had a pretty good inaugural season for the UW-Stout women’s track and field team. After excelling at the pole vault and discus throw in high school and running the hurdle races, Leiffort continued with the pole vault and discus throw while adding the hammer throw to her list of events. At the first outdoor meet of the season  in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Leiffort was second in the pole vault at 10-08, fourth in the discus at 138-05 and eighth in the hammer throw at 138-11. The distances for her throws turned out to be her best of the season while she increased her height in the pole vault to a personal best 10-08.25 at the WIAC meet May 1 for 17th place. She ended her season at the UW-La Crosse Qualifier meet by placing seventh in the discus with a toss of 137-11. Earlier in the season she even ran a 60 m hurdle race in a time of 8.68, and because of her versatility and improvement over the season, Leiffort was named the Female Rookie of the Year for the Blue Devils.

Samantha Simonson completed her sophomore season for the UW-Superior women’s softball team, playing in 14 games as an infielder. Simonson had three hits in 18 at bats with two RBIs while drawing two walks. The Yellowjackets finished 16-18 overall and were 2-16 in the WIAC, ending their season with a pair of losses to UW-Stout.