Stout joins USD women¹s track and field program

Stout joins USD women�s track and field program Natalie Stout, who led Crofton (NE) High School to its second straight state Class C track title this past spring (2005), has signed a national letter of intent to enroll at The University of South Dakota in the fall of 2005 and participate in track and field for the Coyotes. She is the 16th high school track and field/cross country standout this spring/summer to join the Coyote women�s program.

USD Head Women�s track and field coach Lucky Huber noted that Stout adds to an already strong recruiting class. �Natalie (Stout) rounds out the recruiting class for 2005, which should enable us to continue to be one of the top programs in NCAA Division II,� said Huber, whose women�s squad won the NCC �Triple Crown� in 2004-05 (cross country, indoor and outdoor conference titles). �Natalie has been one of the outstanding track performers in Nebraska over the past two seasons. She is a welcome addition to our program.�

A member of two state champion teams in 2005 at Crofton, Stout led the Warriors to its second consecutive state track title this past spring. Earlier this spring she was a starter on Crofton�s Class C1 girls basketball championship team, which finished with a 21-3 record and defeated Norfolk Catholic (49-45) in the state title game in March, 2005. �Natalie is another example of the student-athletes in our track and field program, who have members of highly successful teams in high school,� said Huber.

Stout led Crofton to the 2004 Nebraska State Class C Track title with 78 points by claiming an individual title in the triple jump (37'3''), anchoring the winning 4×400-meter relay (4:01.37) and finishing third in the 800-meter dash (2:22.018). In 2005, Stout again led the Warriors to the 2005 state title (56 points) by placing second in the triple jump (36'8''), taking fourth in the 800-meter dash (2:23.225) and anchoring the 4×400-meter relay squad to a third-place finish (4:08.385).

A four-year all-conference selection in track and field, she is a member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of David and Laurie Stout.

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