Talented trio of Mustangs
A trio of Mustangs is furthering their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Chugiak High seniors Chris Kveseth, Victoria Bensel and Wolfgang Danger signed their letters of intent Feb. 19.
Kveseth and Bensel are both headed to Southwest Minnesota State University’s track and field team while Danger will play football for Mayville (N.D.) State University.
Kveseth, who will also run on the SMSU cross-country team, said running in college was one of his goals.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind, but I didn’t know if it would happen,” he said. “I’m really excited.”
Along with a chance to compete at the NCAA Division II level, the school’s exercise science program was another selling point for Kveseth, who runs the 400 and 800-meter events.
He’s also the reason Bensel will be Minnesota bound.
“He introduced me to the program,” she said.
After researching the school’s pre-physical therapy program, Bensel said her visit in January cemented her decision.
“I saw the school and fell in love with it,” she said.
With the start of his final high school track season two weeks away, Kveseth said his training regimen won’t change now that he’s committed to run in college.
“In the back of my mind, I know I’m going to bigger things,” he said. “Just keep doing what I’m doing.”
For Bensel, a sprinter, her final track season will be used to enter college in top form.
“I want to get my times faster,” she said. “In the Lower 48, they’re a lot faster than we are.”
Bensel also competes in the shot put and discus and said she’d like to pursue field events in college.
The letter-signing event was a proud day for Chugiak head track coach Jon Schroeder.
“To see them get to this point, it’s really exciting,” he said.
Signing his letter to play for Mayville was a dream come true for Danger.
“I’ve only been playing for two years,” he said. “It’s just unreal pretty much.”
Danger said he’s hoping his time at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level will be short-lived. His goal is to play Division I football and go pro in the future.
Danger said he chose Mayville because of its difficult schedule.
“I always like a challenge in my competition,” he said.
Now that he’s committed to college football, Danger said his summer will be spent preparing for the next level.
“I’ve got to up my training,” he said. “I’m gonna run the giant hills at Loretta French (Park) once the snow melts.”