Kneifl Earns Second Team All-American Honors With 12th Place High Jump Finish

Kneifl Earns Second Team All-American Honors With 12th Place High Jump Finish
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

ALLENDALE, MI – Following the hammer throw event, another field event was highlighted with a member of the Wayne State College track & field team in action during the 2022 Outdoor Nationals.

From Allendale, Michigan and hosted by Grand Valley State University, a northeast Nebraska standout was put on display.

Sophomore Dylan Kneifl from Pilger (Wisner-Pilger HS) finished 12th Friday afternoon in the men’s high jump and collected a Second Team All-American honor.

Kneifl cleared the opening height of 6’ 7 ½” on his third and final attempt to move onto the next height. He advanced to the next height after clearing 6’ 9 ½” on his second attempt but failed on all three attempts at 6’ 10 ¾” to be eliminated and finish 12th in his first appearance at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships.

Kneifl entered nationals tied for 10th in NCAA Division II with a new WSC school record mark of 6’ 11 ½” set at the NSIC Championships in Aberdeen, South Dakota on May 14.

Ushan Perera from Texas A&M University-Commerce cleared 7’ 3 ¼” to be crowned champion.

Graduate student Mckenzie Scheil representing the Wildcat women will compete in the shot put on Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. CT to close out the 2022 Outdoor Nationals. Following a day one 14 points from Scheil (runner-up) and Brooklyn Chipps (third place) hammer throw event, the WSC women are now tied for fifth place through seven of 21 events entering Saturday.