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MSU-Mankato track and field star killed in crash with tractor

He's being remembered as an outstanding student-athlete.

A track and field star at Minnesota State University-Mankato was killed in a crash Tuesday morning.

Jeffrey DeCock, 22, was driving on westbound Highway 14 in Lamberton when he crashed into a tractor. The tractor was trying to turn left from the eastbound lane of the highway, the Minnesota State Patrol's report says.

The fork lift attached to the tractor hit Decock's car, killing him. The driver of the tractor wasn't hurt.

"We are profoundly saddened by Jeff's sudden passing," Minnesota State Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman said in a statement. "He was an outstanding student-athlete and made a positive impact on our program and those around him. We offer our condolences and heartfelt sympathies to Jeff's family, friends, teammates and coaches."

DeCock, a native of Lamberton who went to Red Rock Central High School, won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference indoor championships in the high jump in 2016 and 2017, and placed 14th at the NCAA II Indoor Track and Field Championships last year, MSU-Mankato says.

Those who knew DeCock have been sharing their condolences on Twitter.

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