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Forum staff reports, Published May 24 2009

2 Dragons earn All-America honors

Two Minnesota State Moorhead track athletes ended their careers with All-American honors this weekend.

Dragons senior Ashley Roemer finished tied for eighth in the women’s high jump Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track Championships in San Angelo, Texas.

Roemer cleared 5 feet, 6 inches.

She finished third in the high jump at outdoor nationals as a junior. She was a six-time All-American.

MSUM senior Jennifer Hensel placed third in the pole vault Friday with a vault of 12-11¾.

Hensel was the two-time defending outdoor national champion.

“I can’t be disappointed at all with my finish,” said Hensel, from Frazee, Minn. “It still ended on a happy note so I can’t complain at all.”

Hensel was an eight-time All-American in the pole vault, counting both indoor and outdoor.

“I will never coach two athletes who are more competitive than these two,” MSUM track coach Keith Barnier said of Hensel and Roemer.

Hensel scored 50 points at national meets during her career. Hensel’s career-best vault was 13-7½, which she cleared when she was a junior.

“She kind of let it be known that you can go to MSU Moorhead and contend for titles and she has spread that culture,” Barnier said. “She has helped with that culture of success by leading by example. The young people who are joining our program now can say you can go there and contend for titles.”