The Monmouth College football awards banquet was recently held and three area athletes were recognized.
Garrett Youngren of Princeton was named as the Offensive Player of the Year, voted on by the players and coaches. The 6-6 senior wide receiver/tight end led the Fighting Scots with six TD receptions, while averaging 12.5 yards per catch (23-287).
Teammate Brik Wedekind of Princeton was recognized as the first-team All-Midwest Conference punter. Also the Fighting Scots quarterback Wedekind rushed for 296 yards and nine TDs and threw for 1,667 yards and 15 scores.
Amboy’s C.J. Shields was tabbed as the Special Teams Player of the Year.
Indoor track and field
All it took was one meet for Natalie Swanson to put herself in the record books with the North Park University track and field team.
The North Park freshman from Bureau Valley broke North Park’s women’s shot put record in the Vikings’ first meet of the season at the Lewis Invitational on Jan. 18. Swanson threw 10.8 meters (35 feet, 5 inches), the farthest she has ever thrown indoors. The old record was 10.74 meters (35-2).
• Lorraine Stamberger and the Augustana College Lady Vikings track and field team start the 2013 indoor season ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III rankings
Stamberger, a sophomore distance runner from LaMoille, ran on Augie’s “B” relay that won the distance medley and placed seventh in the 4x4 relay in the Midwest Invite at Monmouth on Jan. 19. She also placed fifth in the 500 meters (1:50.56).
North Central College freshman Adam Weidner finished second in the shot put at a meet at Carthage College recently. He was the Class 1A state champion for Bureau Valley last spring.
• Eastern Illinois University freshman Derrick Johnson (Bureau Valley) opened the indoor season by winning the 3,000 meters (9:11.45) on the Jan. 19 John Craft Invite at EIU.
• University of Illinois senior Hunter Mickow (Princeton) ran to a sixth-place finish in the 1600 at the Illini Classic on Jan. 19-20 with a time of 4:18.20.
• Two Bureau County products ran for ISU in the Redbirds Invite on Jan. 26. Kimi Sanden, a freshmen from BV, placed 10th (2:22) in the 800 meters and 11th in the mile run (5:15). Kendall Rush, a senior from Spring Valley, placed fourth in the triple jump (37-10), seventh in the long jump (16-8 3/4) and ran on the Redbirds’ fifth-place 4x400 relay.
Anthony Urbanski and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks won their own Karl Schlender Invitational on Jan. 19. Urbanski, a sophomore from Hall, was second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.21.
Siblings T.J. and Liz Mosbach (Hall) are running for the Mt. Mercy University track and field team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Another area track athlete is Cody Taylor (BV/Wyanet), a sophomore distance runner at Iowa Western College.