Local athletes put pen to paper on National Signing Day
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Last spring, Jens Christensen had a record setting year for St. Thomas More in pole vault.
Now he’s hoping for the same kind of success at the Division I level.
Christensen signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to compete in track at North Dakota State University.
The STM senior set a new Black Hills Conference record last year and won the State Class ‘A’ boys pole vault title by clearing 14 feet. Currently, his personal best in the pole vault is 14 feet 6 inches.
Christensen says he also considered South Dakota State but decided to sign with North Dakota State University instead.
“All around though, I did like NDSU’s track program a lot better,” Jens Christensen said. “There’s a lot more promising potential at NDSU. And I think they’re going to win the next few years.”
Meanwhile, Dillons Woods signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play football next year at Chadron State.
The offensive lineman was named First Team All-Conference last year and helped the Cavaliers to a 6-3 record.
After talking with head coach Jay Long, Woods decided that Chadron State was the perfect fit.
“I felt that it was a great fit for me because coach Long was already there and he’s been there for a long time,” Dillon Woods said. “He’s there offensive line coach and I’ve felt comfortable every time that I’ve been with coach Long. He’s known me for years as we’ve gone to their camp a lot. He’s seen me grow and he’s seen what I can do.”
Keenan McKnight from Rapid City Central put pen to paper Friday and decided to play football next year at Minnesota West Community College in Worthington, Minnesota.
Last season, the linebacker and defensive end was an honorable mention selection to the Class 11AAA All-State Football Team.
McKnight plans to major in business.
“I chose Minnesota West because it has football and business which I love football and I want to go to school for business,” McKnight said. “It’s also close to Sioux Falls which I have a lot of family members there. It’s not too far away from home. Its only five and a half hours.”
– Signed with Southwest Minnesota State to play football
Morgan Harkless, Brand Baker and Andrew Wendland
– All three signed with Chadron State to play football