WAYNE – Another postseason accolade was awarded to junior thrower McKenzie Scheil of Wayne State College.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, the Fillmore Central HS graduate was named the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) Central Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. She was also voted the NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year earlier this month as well.
Scheil was a repeat champion in the weight throw at last weekend’s NSIC Indoor Championships in Mankato, Minnesota with a new school record mark of 67’ 9 ¾”. She eclipsed the previous school mark of 67’ 0” set in 2018 by Michaela Dendinger, who placed second at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships with that mark. Scheil also earned a fifth-place medal in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 45’ 1 ½” to score 14 of Wayne State’s 22 points at the NSIC meet.
This season, Scheil won the weight throw in three of the six meets she competed at and was named the NSIC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on February 15 after winning the weight throw at the Ichobod Invite in Topeka, Kansas with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 65’ 2 ¼”, which was then bettered by more than two feet at last weekend’s NSIC Indoor Championships in Mankato. Scheil has three of the top five marks in the weight throw in NCAA Division II this year.
Scheil will join Cade Kalkowski and Cole Christoffersen from the men’s team and compete on Thursday, March 11 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. Scheil enters the meet as the #1 qualifier from the regular season with her mark of 67’ 9 ¾” that was set at last weekend’s NSIC Indoor Championships. Scheil is now a three-time indoor national qualifier in the weight throw for the Wildcats.