By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY ---- The South Dakota School
of Mines women’s track team received
quite a boost recently with the signing of,
not one, but two quality recruits from
Lyons, Colo., to join the Lady Hardrockers
for the 2009-10 season.
SD School of Mines head track coach Jerry
Schafer is pleased to announce Grace and
Marcie Hinker as the newest Hardrocker
“Grace and Marcie bring a lot of
experience, success and versatility to our
women’s team,” Schafer said. “We believe
they will be big contributors to the
success of the Lady Rocker track and field
The Hinker sisters have some similar
athletic traits but also have vast differences when they perform on the track.
Both Grace and Marcie compete in the pole vault. Last year Grace received third at the Colorado State
track meet, clearing a height of 9-feet-0-inches while Marcie earned fifth place at State with a vault of 8-
Grace also competes in the sprints and relay events and excels in the high jump as well. At last year’s
state meet she earned fifth place in the high jump after clearing 5-1.
Marcie was on the Colorado State championship 4-x800-meter relay team last year as well as a part of
the Colorado State third place 4x400 team. She also competes in the long jump and triple jump.
“They are a great addition to the Hardrocker program,” Schafer added.
While attending SD School of Mines Grace is looking at a degree in Civil or Mining Engineering while
Marcie is interested in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.
Hardrockers double up on pair of tracksters from Colorado
The South Dakota School of Mines women’s track team recently
received two quality recruits in sister (front row from the left)
Marcie and Grace Hinker. Pictured with the girls, back row, from
the left, are: Paul Hinker (father), Mark Roberts (track coach)
and Roben Hinker (mother).
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