Sweet Springs senior Nathan Vogelsmeier recently signed an NAIA letter-of-intent to join the Missouri Valley College track and field team.
The versatile three-sports athlete's best event was the pole vault, in which he twice qualified for the MSHSAA Class 1 Championships -- placing 10th last month. He was third in the District 5 Championships and second in the Section 3 meet prior to state. As a junior, Vogelsmeier was fourth in both the district and sectional meets.
Vogelsmeier was a two-time all-I-70 Conference running back and defensive back for the Greyhounds football team, which he led last year with 16 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 144 times for 465 yards and eight TDs, also taking turns at quarterback during his career.
A starting guard in basketball last season, Vogelsmeier averaged 8.2 points, 2.0 steals and 1.3 assists per game for a club which tied the school record with 21 wins and reached the Class 2, District 14 Tournament championship game.
He is joining a Vikings program which sent six entries to the NAIA Outdoor Championships at Gulf Shores, Ala., with freshman Philip Cheriyout earning all-America status by placing seventh in the 10,000-meter run. Senior Byron Evans was ninth in the triple jump and junior Sarah Niemeier 10th in the marathon.
Joining Vogelsmeier (bottom row, center) during the signing ceremony were his parents, Kim (left) and Doug Vogelsmeier, (top row, from left) Valley head coach Nathan Christianson and 'Hounds coach Melvin Baker. (Photo contributed by Paula Staples)