BIRMINGHAM, AL – All three throwers were in action Thursday evening during the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals hammer throw event.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, junior McKenzie Scheil on the women’s team joined seniors Cade Kalkowski and Cole Christoffersen from the men’s team at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
Scheil earned All-American honors Thursday with a second place finish in the weight throw. She becomes the fourth Wildcat in school history to earn All-American honors in the event, joining her current throws coach Carly Fehringer (2013, 2014), Emily Wells (2014) and Michaela Dendinger (2018).
Scheil is a three-time national qualifier in the weight throw for the Wildcats and collected her first indoor All-American honor with the second place finish.
The Fairmont native (Fillmore Central HS), Scheil came out with her first throw of 66’1 ½” and had the top mark through three rounds of preliminary throws entering finals.
Minnesota State’s Katie Taylor took the lead for good on the first throw of finals with a mark of 67′ ¾” and sealed the top spot in the event with a final mark of 69′ 5 ½” to win the national title.
Scheil, who entered the national championship with the top mark in the country at 67′ 9 ¾”, started the event with her top throw of the day at 66′ 1 ½” followed by marks of 61′ 11 ¾” and 64′ 11 ½”. In the finals, she fouled on her first attempt followed by marks of 63′ 8 ¾” and 62′ 6″.
Kalkowski, a senior from Niobrara (Niobrara HS), posted a 13th place finish with a mark of 59′ 4 ¾”. The three-time national qualifier and 2019 All-American fouled on his first two preliminary throws followed by his final attempt of 59′ 4 ¾” to get a mark.
Christoffersen, a senior from Lyons (Lyons-Decatur Northeast HS), finished 14th place after fouling on his three attempts in prelims. The first-time national qualifier was awarded the 14th and final qualifying spot for nationals with a season-best mark of 63′ 9 ¾” at the NSIC Indoor Championships on February 26.
The NCAA DII Outdoor National Track & Field Championships will continue through Saturday, March 13.