Dendinger Records Three First-Place Finishes During NSIC Outdoor Championships, Wildcat Women Finish Eighth

Dendinger Records Three First-Place Finishes During NSIC Outdoor Championships, Wildcat Women Finish Eighth
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

WINONA, MN – For the second season all three weight throwing events were won by the same athlete, that being senior Michaela Dendinger from this past weekend.

The NSIC Outdoor Track & Field Championships took place Saturday in Winona, Minnesota. As a team, WSC placed eighth with 50 points out of 15 teams ending the meet with three NSIC Champions and one All-NSIC performer.

Dendinger, now a graduate-student from both Wayne State College and Hartington Public HS (Coleridge) began the day with a first-place result in the hammer throw (203’ 3”). Next, she set a new NSIC record and NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the shot put (54’ 3 ¾”) before completing the triple crown by winning the discus (166’ 6”). The first-place finish in the discus for Dendinger also marked the fifth time in the last six years a Wildcat thrower was the NSIC champion in the event. She won the event last year, as Kacie O’Connor won in 2016 and Sarah Wells in both 2013 and 2014.

University of Mary was crowned team champions with 157 points, building a large margin over runner-up team Minnesota State-Mankato with 110 points, Winona State edged Augustana for third (81.33-80) with Minnesota Duluth rounding out the top five teams with 78 points.

Sioux Falls came in sixth place with 55.50 points followed by Concordia-St. Paul in seventh (55.33) and Wayne State eighth with 50. Other team results came from Northern State in ninth (38), MSU Moorhead (35), St. Cloud State (34.33), Upper Iowa (20), Bemidji State (14.50), Southwest Minnesota State (7) and Minot State (3).

Freshman Jadin Wagner of Lawton, Iowa then picked up an All-NSIC honor with a runner-up finish in the shot put at 47’ 9”, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Senior Kacie O’Connor came in fifth place during the discus (143’ 9”) as freshman Kenzie Sullivan took sixth (141’ 8”).

Graduate student Mary Alderson took fourth in the 400-meter dash (56.64).

The 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships are slated for Thursday, May 24 – Saturday, May 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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