WAYNE – After ending a streak of 10 consecutive Athlete of the Week honors, Wayne State College senior thrower Michaela Dendinger is back in position with the award.
For the fifth time this year, 11th time in the last 12 selections, Dendinger has received the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week award. The league office in Burnsville, Minnesota made the announcement Tuesday morning.
The Coleridge native (Hartington Public HS) took first place at the Minnesota State Twilight meet Friday in the discus with a throw of 170’ 4”. On Saturday in Lincoln at the Nebraska Twilight Meet, Dendinger recorded three NCAA automatic marks. She was second in the hammer throw (205’ 5”), second in the discus (173’ 4”) and second in the shot put (53’ 9 ¼”).
Dendinger currently ranks first in the nation in the shot put (54’ 2 ½”), second in the hammer throw (205’ 10”) and sixth in the discus (175’ 0”).
Freshman distance-runner Carly Rahn of Augustana earned the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week. On the men’s side, junior hurdler Josh Lamers of University of Mary won the Track Athlete of the Week while junior jumper Elijah Calderon-Pitchford of Minnesota State-Mankato won the Field Athlete of the Week award.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field team will compete this Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at the NSIC Outdoor Championships in Winona, Minnesota.