NSU Thrower Getting Inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame

BURNSVILLE, MN (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) has announced its 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees. The induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 12, at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Moorhead, MN, at the NSIC’s annual Summer Kickoff event. A social will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 6 p.m.

The class of 2022 includes: Maggie McNamara, Concordia University, St. Paul; Jim Kapitan, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Amanda (Madden) Mahlke, Northern State University; Link Steffen, Southwest Minnesota State University; Matt Schneck, St. Cloud State University; Katie Wilson, Wayne State College; and Ben Barrone, Winona State University.

Founded in 1986, the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC – the former men’s conference) Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those who made significant contributions to the conference, to create favorable publicity and public relations for the league and to help preserve the history of the NIC, its member institutions, student-athletes, and other significant individuals affiliated with the league. For the first two inductions (1986 and 1990) each selection hailed from the NIC. In 1992, the Northern Sun Conference (NSC – the former women’s conference) and the NIC merged, creating the current Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). After annual inductions since 2000, the NSIC Hall of Fame now boasts over 200 members and one team.

Each NSIC institution (who has been a league member for at least ten years) is asked to submit one candidate for consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame. Each of the candidates are derived from individuals who have been affiliated with the NSIC, NIC, NSC and their member institutions.

In order to be eligible for the NSIC Hall of Fame, candidates must have made their contributions in one of the following areas: 1) former student-athletes, 2) administrator/coach, 3) official/supervisor/coordinator, 4) contributor/supporter, or 5) team. The conference provides two plaques; one of which will go to the inductee and one to the institution represented. A history of each inductee will be kept in the NSIC Office and each institution will prominently display the plaques of their respective NSIC Hall of Fame inductees.

Amanda (Madden) Mahlke was a standout on the Northern State University Track & Field team from 2006 to 2010. During her career, she earned nine All-NSIC honors, five NCAA All-American honors, three United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Scholar All-Academic honors, and three NSU Track & Field MVP honors.

Mahlke was NSU’s first Track & Field two-time NCAA National Champion as she took home titles in 2010 in the weight throw (indoor) and the hammer throw (outdoor). She remains the school record holder in both those events. Upon her graduation, Mahlke tallied the seventh best throw in the history of the NCAA in the hammer.

Mahlke was the 2010 NSU Hildred Wolfe Outstanding Athlete of the Year, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team honoree; and USTFCCCA’s Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. In 2017, Mahlke was named one of the NSIC top-25 female student-athletes from the past 25 years. She was inducted into the Northern State Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2021.

Mahlke graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Art with specializations in Multimedia Graphic Design and Advertising Design. She lives in Aberdeen and works as a Marketing Design Specialist for the Northern State University Communications and Marketing Department. Mahlke and her husband, Cody, have two children, Gemma and Harrison.