Former state champion discus thrower joins Swedes

By Steve Sell
July 11, 2014

LINDSBORG — Recruiting continues at a furious and productive pace at Bethany College.

Morgan Darden became the latest transfer for the Swedes’ track and field team, as she recently signed a letter of intent.

Darden previously attended University of Nebraska-Kearney and Adams State University in Colorado. Her collegiate PRs are 16.88m (55.38 feet) in the weight throw and 48.14m (157.94 feet) in the hammer throw.

Darden prepped in Kansas at Smith Center High School. There, she started four years on the volleyball team as an outside hitter, on the basketball team as a post player and on the track and field team as a thrower.

She earned first-team All-League honors in volleyball and played in the Hastings All-Star Game. She competed in state track all four years. As a freshman, she placed third in the discus and ninth in the shot put. Her sophomore year, she finished fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put. As a junior, Darden placed third in the discus and sixth in the shot put. Darden was a state champion in the discus in her senior year and finished third in the shot put. Her high school personal records were 142 feet in the discus and 42 feet in the shot put.

"Morgan adds a great deal of depth to our throws program, and should make an immediate impact in the KCAC," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "We are excited to welcome her to the Bethany Swedes family!"

Darden had a 3.5 high school grade point average, and plans to major in criminal justice.