WAYNE – A day after senior Michaela Dendinger qualified for three throwing events to Nationals, the Coleridge native has now been crowned NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
The announcement came from the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota for the second consecutive year that Dendinger has achieved this award.
Dendinger (Hartington Public HS), won the NSIC triple crown in throws for the second straight season at the NSIC Outdoor Championships in Winona, Minnesota last weekend. She won the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Dendinger also set a new NSIC meet record winning the shot put at 54’ 3 ¾” and took first in the discus (166’ 6”) and the hammer throw (203’ 3”).
During the regular season, Dendinger was named NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week five out of six times and won the award 11 of 12 weeks over the last two seasons.
Dendinger will join five other Wayne State outdoor track & field athletes during the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week (May 24-26) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has three NCAA automatic qualifying marks while ranking first nationally in the shot put (54’ 3 ¾”), second in the hammer throw (205’ 10”) and sixth in the discus (175’ 0”).
Other female top honors went to members of University of Mary
Track Athlete of the Year: senior distance runner Alexis Zeis from UMary
Newcomer of the Year: freshman (sprints/jumps) Abbey Zastrow from UMary
Coach of the Year: Dennis Newell from UMary
On the men’s side, MSU Moorhead and Minnesota State-Mankato took the top honors.
Field Athlete of the Year: junior jumper Brian Huber of MSU Moorhead
Track Athlete of the Year: senior distance runner Josh Young of MSU Moorhead
Newcomer of the Year: junior hurdler Sydne Davis of Minnesota State-Mankato
Coach of the Year: Mike Turgeon of Minnesota State-Mankato.