Bryn Groff, a 2017 Sheldon High School graduate, has been named the Dancer of the Year in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Groff, a senior at Morningside College, earned the honor at the Northwest Regional Qualifier Dance Team Competition last Saturday at Doane University. All-conference candidates and the dancer of the year award were judged on a set of skills outlined by the NAIA. A minimum score on each of the skills was required to qualify for the all-conference teams.

Led by Groff, Morningside won the conference meet and regional qualifier team championships.

Groff is an elementary education major who participates in track and field as well as dance at Morningside. She has been a captain of the Mustang dance team for two seasons.

Groff is a three-time member of the All-GPAC team. She was an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore and was All-American first-team as a junior.

This year’s NAIA All-American teams are expected to be announced next week.

Academic standouts

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference has announced its Academic All-Region performers in Sports Shooting for the fall of 2020.

The first-team members each have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above. The second-team members are between 3.0 and 3.49 in GPA.

The Northwest Iowa Community College team had three first-team selections: Caden Berte, Sam Freitag and Levi Hemmelrick. Chase Williams was a second-team selection.

Show will go on

Organizers of The Sioux City Relays have announced the event will be held on April 16-17 at Elwood Olsen Stadium, with some slight alterations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was canceled last year for the first time in its 56-year history due to the pandemic.

This year’s competition will consist of college events on Friday and high school events on Saturday.

The middle school events, which normally happen on Friday, have been shifted to Thursday, April 15, and will be held at Dakota Valley High School. The freshman level events, also normally held on Friday, will be moved into Saturday’s high school portion of the meet. The elementary fun run has been canceled for 2021.

Organizers said the revamped schedule helps the event to stay in line with the COVID-19 protocols set forth by the NCAA and the guidelines its member schools must follow for the outdoor track and field season.

“We are excited to be able to bring the Relays back to Olsen Stadium after a one-year absence,” said Sioux City Relays co-director Bob Prince in a news release. “The Relays are a great event for the city of Sioux City. We look forward to following all COVID-19 guidelines put in place by the different governing bodies that oversee NCAA, NAIA and high school athletics.”

The full competition schedule will be posted on when it is completed.