ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN – All three Wildcat throwers were in action on Thursday to begin the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Nationals.
From Allendale, Michigan and hosted by Grand Valley State University, Wayne State College competed in the hammer throw event.
The highlight of the day came from Mckenzie Scheil and Brooklynn Chipps who placed second and third respectively to earn All-American honors for the Wayne State College women’s track & field team.
Also, after day one of competition (three events), the Wildcat women are tied for first with Grand Valley State University scoring 14 total points.
Scheil, a graduate of Fillmore Central HS, scratched on her first two attempts in prelims before recording a mark of 180’ 10” to qualify eighth for the finals. In the finals, Scheil scratched on her first throw but followed with marks of 187’ 10” and 195’ 5” on her final throw to move up to second place.
It’s the third time Scheil has collected All-American honors in the hammer throw, placing second last year (2021) along with a seventh place finish in 2019. Scheil entered nationals with the top regular season mark of 201’ 4” at the Wildcat Classic in Wayne March 25.
Chipps, a junior from Elgin (Clearwater HS), finished third in the hammer throw with a top heave of 192’ 11”. In prelims, Chipps scratched two of her three attempts but posted a mark of 186’ 7” on her second attempt to enter finals with the fifth-best throw. Chipps recorded her top mark of 192’ 11” on her second attempt in finals after scratching on her first throw. She finished finals with a mark of 182’ 9” and collects her first-ever All-American honor.
Junior Judith Essemiah from Grand Valley State had the top throw of 207’ 8”.
Scheil will compete in the shot put Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m.
On the men’s side, Wayne State’s Cole Christoffersen finished 17th out of 20 competitors Thursday afternoon in the hammer throw.
Christoffersen, a graduate student from Lyons (Lyons-Decatur HS), posted a mark of 186’ 0” on his third and final throw in prelims after fouling on his first two attempts. A mark of at least 197’ 9 was needed to qualify for finals in the event.
Christoffersen entered nationals ranked 14th in NCAA Division II with a season-best effort of 200’ 7” set at the South Dakota Challenge in Vermillion April 21.
Senior Tanner Berg from Northern State had the top throw of 228’ 4”.
Sophomore Dylan Kneifl will be in the high jump Friday afternoon competing at 2:30 p.m. Central Time.