VERMILLION, SD – For the second straight weekend, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s indoor track & field team competed in an invitational, this time on the road.
After hosing a smaller meet earlier this month, WSC sent athletes to the Dakota Realty Invite hosted by the University of South Dakota in the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, South Dakota this past weekend.
The meet attracted Division I teams from Omaha, Oral Roberts and host South Dakota along with Division II schools Wayne State and Sioux Falls.
On the women’s side, the host South Dakota scored 186 points with Sioux Falls coming in second with 112. Oral Roberts (84), Omaha (72) and Wayne State (70 points) rounded out the team scoring.
Mckenzie Scheil posted a second place finish in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark of 60’ 4” while also placing sixth in the shot put (43’ ½”). Scheil was named a top performer among the NSIC field athletes this past weekend. She ranks eighth in NCAA Division II in the weight throw.
Jordyn Pester collected a second place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.76 seconds. Jadin Wagner was fourth in the shot put (44’ 9 ½”) and finished fifth in the weight throw at 56’ 6”. Kenzie Sullivan came in fifth in the shot put (43’ 7”) while Makenna Taake was fifth in the long jump (16’ 1 ¾”).
Emily Smollen earned a fourth place in the triple jump (33’ 9 ½”) with Riana Noelle sixth at 33’ 6” and Megan Hansen taking sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.25 seconds.
The South Dakota men scored 195 points to win the men’s division followed by Sioux Falls (96 pts), Oral Roberts (87) and Wayne State (69).
Cade Kalkowski won the weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark of 67’ 11 ½”.
Kalkowski was also listed as a top field athlete performer recognized by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota. He now ranks third in NCAA Division II and has two first place finishes in the weight throw during the first two meets of the year.
Cole Christoffersen was fourth in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark of 62’ 10 ¾” while Grant Fritsch placed seventh at 50’ 7 ¼”.
Brock Hegarty recorded a strong second place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.03.
In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Preston Davis came in sixth place (8.90) with Noah Lilly seventh at 8.93 seconds.
Noah Carr was sixth in the 400-meter dash in 51.49 seconds while Dylan Kneifl came in sixth in the high jump clearing 6’ 4 ¾”.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Michael Kueny, Jacob Ladage, Bryce Holcomb and Preston Davis finished fifth in a time of 3:37.68.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s indoor track & field team returns to action on Saturday, January 30 during the Bearcat Open hosted by Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri.