MANKATO, Minn. - A standout student athlete at Minnesota State University Mankato has died in a highway crash with a tractor.
The State Patrol says 22-year-old Jeffrey DeCock was killed in a collision on Highway 14 near his hometown of Lamberton Tuesday. The patrol says the tractor, pulling an implement, was attempting to turn onto a gravel road when the collision occurred.
DeCock, a track and field standout, was a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion in the high jump. He had qualified for the NCAA Division II national meet last year and placed first at the NSIC Indoor Championships.
"We are profoundly saddened by Jeff's sudden passing," said Kevin Buisman, Minnesota State Director of Athletics in a statement on the MSU website. "He was an outstanding student-athlete and made a positive impact on our program and those around him. We offer our condolences and heartfelt sympathies to Jeff's family, friends, teammates and coaches."
The driver of the semi was not seriously injured.
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