Sophomore Sebastian Czyz Bendsen has joined the Kent State men's golf program as a transfer from Division II Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.
As a native of Denmark, Bendsen will become the first European player to tee it up for the Flashes men's team when he plays in his first Division I tournament this spring.
"We are excited to add a player who won three times at the Division II level, and we are also very much looking forward to seeing how he competes in Division I," said Kent State coach Herb Page. "Sebastian is highly motivated, well trained and an excellent student. Those are all qualities that we look for when bringing a player into our program."
Bendsen had 10 top-10 finishes during parts of two seasons at Davis & Elkins, including three wins. That list of victories includes a four-shot win early in his sophomore year at the 2013 Challenge at Mystic Rock, which is played on the same Nemacolin-Mystic Rock Course near Pittsburgh that was the site of Curtis' 2006 PGA Tour victory in the 84 Lumber Classic.
As a freshman, Bendsen finished third at the NCAA Division II Super Regional to qualify as an individual for the National Championship, where he finished 17th.
TRACK AND FIELD
Junior Jackie Leppelmeier broke Kent State's indoor record in the weight throw with a toss of 69-4.25, good for second place at the Findlay Open/Elite Throws Competition on Friday.
Katie Reiser took first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.74, while Kyle Schlumbohm won the pole vault with a jump of 15-6.
In the shot put, Joh'Vonnie Mosley took third with a mark of 52-6 and Danniel Thomas placed fourth (52-4.5). Reggie Jagers added a fourth-place effort in the weight throw (59-8.5).
In other news Sophomore William Barnes was named the Mid-American Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week.
Barnes competed in the Gladstein Invitational, where he took second place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.93, a lifetime indoor personal best that currently ranks second in the MAC.
Kent State (9-8, 3-2 MAC) earned its 30th consecutive victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday night, winning four of the final five matches to claim an 18-12 triumph in Ypsilanti.
"We wrestled well, but not great, and we need to be great," KSU coach Jim Andrassy said. "There were several matches where we looked good in two periods, but not three."
The Eagles (8-6) led 6-0 after a pair of close victories at 125 and 133 pounds.
Junior Tyler Small put the Flashes on the board with a 7-3 victory over Nick Barber. Sophomore Michael DePalma followed with a 5-0 shutout, but Eastern Michigan took the lead back at 157 with standout Ian Miller out the Flashes' lineup.
Sophomore Tyler Buckwalter tied the dual at 9-9 with a 5-2 decision of Dean Vettese. It was Buckwalter's first win away from the M.A.C. Center.
"Tyler looked pretty solid," Andrassy said. "He worked hard tonight. Now we just need him to become more explosive."
Junior Caleb Marsh gave the Flashes the lead for good with a 5-3 win over Jake Davis, then sophomore Sam Wheeler earned some redemption against Phillip Joseph with an 11-7 victory. Joseph defeated Wheeler at last year's conference tournament.
Sophomore Cole Baxter sealed the team victory with a 5-2 win over Nick Whitenburg at 197. The only points Baxter surrendered against the 2013 NCAA qualifier came on a reversal in the final five seconds of the match.
Kent State volleyball signee Brittney Jakscht received the Andi Collins Award from PrepVolleyball.com, which is presented to the top senior setter in the nation.
Jakscht completed a standout prep career this past fall by leading her East Troy High School team to a perfect 44-0 record en route to the No. 5 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com. She received all-state and all-conference accolades following each of her final three prep seasons, and was named Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
"Brittney has many of the qualities every coach looks for in a setter, but the one that stands out the most for us is her ability to make her teammates better," KSU head coach Don Gromala said. "She is a complete setter who also contributes to her team's success by finding ways to score with her dump, keeping rallies alive with her defense and putting up a solid block that opposing hitters need to adjust to."
This past season, Jakscht put up impressive individual statistics with 1,188 assists, 172 kills, 210 digs, 116 blocks, and a .492 attack percentage. She also earned MaxPreps Medium Schools All-America Second Team honors.
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