WAYNE – After being crowned NSIC Champion on both the weight throw and shot put, senior Michaela Dendinger will join junior Robert Sullivan as the NSIC Heptathlon Champion for Nationals next weekend.
Hosted by Pittsburg State in Kansas, the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10.
It’s back-to-back years for the Hartington Public graduate (Coleridge, NE), as Dendinger will first take part in the weight throw on Friday, March 9 at 4:55 p.m. before competing in the shot put on Saturday, March 10 at 5:05 p.m.
Michaela Dendinger posted a season-best weight throw of 65’ 6” (19.96m), a new school record to win the NSIC title in Mankato, MN. This is also the second-best throw in NCAA DII entering the National Championships. The leading weight throw mark is 21.29m. She does have the top mark in DII after recording a throw of 54’ 10 ½” (16.72m) in the shot put, another school record during the Husker Invitational on February 2. She is nearly a whole meter ahead of the second-place athlete (15.91m).
Also, for the women Dendinger and sophomore Tia Jones were named Monday to the USTFCCCA All-Central Region Team after their performances in the shot put and weight throw. The top five individuals in each event from each region in NCAA DII earn all-Region honors.
Dendinger led the way in the Central Region for both the shot put and weight throw while Jones, from Elkhorn (Elkhorn HS) was fifth in the region in the shot put (46’ 11’).
For Sullivan, an Omaha Burke graduate (Bennington, NE) he’ll take part in the two-day heptathlon event starting Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, March 10 at Noon. He was a repeat champion in the NSIC heptathlon this season with a new school record point total of 5,226 points, which ranks 10th in NCAA Division II entering the national meet. The NCAA DII leader has recorded 5,494 points.
For the men, Sullivan and senior Derek Lahm were named All-Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association earlier this week for their heptathlon performances.
Sullivan recorded the fourth-best point total in the Central Region while Lahm from Columbus (Scotus Central Catholic HS), followed in fifth during the heptathlon with 5,087 points.