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LOCAL CLIPBOARD: Track and field, women's soccer, women's basketball

Track and field

Carrington thrower signs with Iowa

JAMESTOWN — For Kayla Hochhalter, the drive to Division 1 started her first year of high school.

“That's been my main goal,” the Carrington senior thrower said. “To go Division I ever since I was a freshman. It's amazing.”

Hochhalter saw the fruits of her labor on Wednesday's National Signing Day, when she signed her letter of intent to throw for the University of Iowa track and field team.

A standout in the javelin, discus and shot put, Hochhalter said she narrowed her list to Iowa and the University of Minnesota, before ultimately deciding to become a Hawkeye.

“I just really, really enjoyed the University of Iowa and everything it had,” Hochhalter said. “They have a great program, but it's mainly because of (throwing coach Scott) Cappos. He's a great guy.”

Hochhalter has been told to concentrate on the javelin, but that she'll be asked to throw all three of her high school events at the next level. They also want her to try the hammer throw.

Women's soccer

UND announces 11 recruits

UND coach Matt Kellogg has announced the signing of 11 incoming freshmen for the 2014 season.

Lexie Andres (Stillwater, Minn.), Zoe Berlinquette (Duluth, Minn.), Natalie Johnson (Stillwater, Minn.), Maia Lundstrom (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Sabrina Majerczyk (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Austin Overston (Florence, Ariz.) and Emily Smithson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to play at North Dakota. Sydney Bravek (Brookings, S.D.), Tracy Mather (Lake Elmo, Minn.) and Liz McDowell (Woodbury, Minn.) round out the signing class as recruited walk-ons.

“These young ladies will come in right away and compete with our returners to help take UND soccer to the next level,” Kellogg said. “These new players will make great additions to the work that has been done over the past 12 months since our staff arrived on campus. This is a very talented class and I would not be surprised to see several of them make their way into the lineup right away.”

Women’s basketball

UND dedicates game

Today’s UND women’s basketball game against Idaho State will be a dedication to raise awareness and funding for women’s cancer research through the “Play 4Kay” initiative. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised more than $3.8 million to support women’s cancer research.

UND will be wearing pink warmups to honor those who have battled cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the effort to raise awareness.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake and former North Carolina State head women’s basketball coach, Kay Yow, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passed away on January 24, 2009.

To make a donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, visit UND’s web page at: or text 4Kay to 85944 and reply “yes” to confirm standard gift of $10.