Mankato standout student athlete killed in crash

Published 10:45 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017

MANKATO — A standout student athlete at Minnesota State University Mankato has died in a highway crash with a semi.

The State Patrol said 22-year-old Jeffrey DeCock was killed in a collision on Highway 14 near his hometown of Lamberton Tuesday. The patrol said the semi 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.

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The driver of the semi was not seriously injured.