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Dawn (Koehl) Biel takes off during a race at NDSU. She ran for the Bison from 1989-93.

Two women with West Fargo connections recently were honored by their alma maters.

Jennifer (Rud) Cooley and Dawn (Koehn) Biel both earned spots in their respective university's athletic hall of fame. Cooley is a graduate from West Fargo High School, while Biel currently is a health and physical education teacher at Eastwood Elementary School.

Jennifer (Rud) Cooley

Cooley was inducted into the North Dakota State College of Science's letter winners hall of fame for her prowess on the basketball court. She was one of five NDSCS alums to receive the distinction this year.

Cooley came to NDSCS in 1995, attracted to the architectural drafting program and volleyball and basketball teams. By 1997, she graduated as a two-time All-American in basketball, a member of the first women's basketball team to play in a national tournament, a Who's Who student and a Junior College Volleyball All-State member. Cooley still holds NDSCS women's basketball records for most career points scored, most career rebounds, and most season rebounds.

During her prep career with the Packers, Cooley earned All-Conference basketball honors during the 1993-94 season.

Cooley currently is a project manager for S.A. Morman & Co. in Vicksburg, Mo., where she and her husband, Chad, reside with their daughters, Kendra and Madison.

Dawn (Koehn) Biel

Biel was inducted in the North Dakota State University hall of fame for her sprinting ability. She was one of seven NDSU graduates to be honored.

Biel was a track and field sprinter from 1989-93. During that time, she cemented herself as one of the most versatile sprinters in school history. Among her many accolades, Biel was a nine-time NCAA Division II All-American, running on six outdoor relays and three indoor. She also was a four-time individual NCC indoor champ in the 55, 200, 300 and 400 meters, and seven-time NCC outdoor champion in the 100 and 200 meters, the second most titles in NCC outdoor history.

Biel still holds records as a member of NDSU's outdoor 800-meter medley relay (1:46.34) and the NDSU and BSA record indoor 800-meter relay (1:41.57).

Biel grew up in Watertown, S.D., where she was a three-time track team MVP and a state champion in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 800-meter relay. She was inducted into the Watertown High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Biel graduated from NDSU in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned a master's degree in elementary education from Minot State in 2002. She and her husband, Rory, have three children: Kaia, Merritt and Joshua.