DeForest Area High School alumni from the class of 2016 had a spring to remember at the NCAA level. Logan Michaels, Val Larson and Abrahm Schroedl all turned in outstanding performances for their respective universities.
Michaels had a great first year playing baseball for the University of Virginia. The junior catcher played in 45 games with 39 starts.
For the season, Michaels batted .311 with 20 RBIs, 20 runs and four doubles.
The Cavaliers finished 32-24 overall, which included a 14-16 mark in the ACC.
After spending the last two summers playing for the Rockford Rivets in the Northwoods League, Michaels will play for the Madison Mallards this summer.
Larson is a redshirt sophomore track athlete for the University of Minnesota.
During the recent outdoor season, Larson was named Academic All-Big Ten. She placed sixth in the 400-meter run (55.28 seconds) and seventh in the 4x400 relay (3:41.09) at the Big Ten Championships.
During the indoor season, Larson earned second-team All-Big Ten. She was the conference runner-up in the 600 (1:30.12) and eighth in the 4x400 relay.
Schroedl helped lead the UW-Eau Claire men’s track and field team to its first-ever NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field national championship after placing fifth in the decathlon. The Blugolds finished with 68 points to finish well ahead of second-place MIT (38).
Schroedl was propelled to the medal stand after placing third in the high jump (6-feet, 5-inches) and discus (126-11). He was also fifth in the long jump (22-7.25), sixth in the pole vault (13-9.25), eighth in the javelin (160-1), 10th in the 100 (:11.28), 10th in the 400 (:51.63), 14th in the shot put (36-4.25), 16th in the 110 hurdles (:16.11) and 16th in the 1,500 (4:53.99).