A Minnesota State University Mankato sophomore and a track and field standout was killed in a highway collision with a tractor in southwestern Minnesota, authorities said.
Jeffrey DeCock, 22, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion in the high jump, died in the crash about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Hwy. 14 near his hometown of Lamberton, Minn., according to the State Patrol.
DeCock, a graduate of Red Rock Central High School, was driving his car west on Hwy. 14 when he collided with the eastbound tractor as it was attempting to turn left onto a gravel road, the patrol said.
The tractor's driver, Steven A. Churchill, 55, of nearby Revere, Minn., was not hurt.
During the 2016 indoor track season, DeCock qualified for the NCAA Division II national meet with a jump of 7 feet 1 inch. He also placed first at the NSIC Indoor Championships.