Dakota State University cross country head coach Trent Mack has announced the signing of Kace Groff of Sheldon, Iowa to join the Trojan cross country team beginning in the fall 2010.
Groff, a standout runner for Sheldon in cross country and track and field, has earned All-Conference for three consecutive seasons in cross country and track. In 2006, he earned All-District honors by finishing sixth and qualified for the state meet where he went on to finish 22nd. This past season, Groff was selected to compete in the Iowa Senior All-Star Cross Country Invitational and finished 29th in a field of 105 competitors.
On the track, Groff has showed a wide range of ability competing in events from the 400-meter to the 3200-meter run. Entering his season, he has clocked personal best marks of two minutes and three seconds in the 800-meters, 4:45 in the 1600 meters and 10:15 in the 3200-meter run.
Kace is the son of Kris and Teresa Groff and plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at Dakota State University.
"We're excited to be getting a guy like Kace," said Mack. "He not only has the running ability to really progress, but he has the mentality. He has tremendous family support and I think he understands the importance in having that support. He has met the team numerous times and the guys on the team have had nothing but positive comments. That's an important part of team success. We are coming off a really exciting season and its future Trojans like Kace that can help continue moving us in that direction."
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director