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Matt Kneifl was a standout hurdler for the Wildcat track and field teams from 1997-2001, winning four Northern Sun Conference individual titles to go with All-American honors in 2001. Kneifl, a graduate of Newcastle High School in Nebraska, finished seventh at the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals in 2001 in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.55 seconds to earn All-American honors. He also was an Academic All-American in 2001.In 2000, Kneifl was the NSIC champion in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles in outdoor track and field and in 2001 won the 55 meter hurdles title (indoors) and the 110 meter hurdles title during the outdoor season. At the time of his induction in 2009, Kneifl was working for Edward Jones Investments in West Des Moines, Iowa.