According to Belle Plaine Activities Director John Bergs, three high school seniors have signed on to continue their athletic careers in college.

On Nov. 11, Belle Plaine High School Senior Lizzy Schmidt committed to running track and field at Augustana College in South Dakota. She is one of sixteen student-athletes who have signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Augustana in the 2021-2022 school year.

"Not only are these individuals outstanding athletes in their respectable events, academically they are very accomplished. As we continue to build our program for future years, this year's class is a great addition to our current Viking cross country and track & fi eld student-athletes,” said Coach Tracy Hellman.

Schmidt was part of the Belle Plaine team that was conference and section champions in her sophomore year. She was on the 4x400m relay that placed third at the Minnesota A State Track Meet.

Schmidt plans to major in nursing while at Augustana.

In October, Lauren Walter committed to playing softball at Culver Stockton College in Missouri. Walter was awarded the President Scholarship, a $13,000 per year scholarship for four years that is based upon academic credentials.

“I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and making lifelong friends. I am also looking forward to playing against great competition and hopefully adding more home run balls to my collection,” said Walter.

In September, Sarah Lenz announced her commitment to play basketball at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.

“I am blessed and excited to announce my commitment to further my education and basketball career at the University of Jamestown. A huge thank you to my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who have supported and helped me get to where I am today,” she posted on Twitter.

Lenz made last year’s MRC All-Conference Team and was named the 2019-2020 MRC Most Valuable Player.

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