KEARNEY – The Wayne State College women’s and men’s throwers competed in the UNK Invite Thursday.
Leading the way for the Wildcat women were seniors Michaela Dendinger and Kacie O’Connor both reaching NCAA qualifying marks in the discus.
Dendinger recorded a season-best mark of 175’ in the discus to win the event. The mark was an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and is now the second-best throw in NCAA Division II this season. She also won the shot put at 49’ 10” and was second in the hammer throw with a mark of 201’ 10”.
O’Connor posted a season-best throw of 156’ 2” in the discus to place third. Her throw was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark that is 15th-best in NCAA Division II.
Sophomore Tia Jones came in fifth place in the shot put (44’ 3 ¼”), freshman Jadin Wagner was eighth at 41’ 9 ¼” in the same event and freshman Kenzie Sullivan took eighth in the discus at 136’ 8”.
On the men’s side, redshirt freshman Cade Kalkowski was back on top placing fifth in the hammer throw at 178’ 7”. Teammates sophomore Dylan Kaup in sixth (175’ 3”), junior Matt Nemec seventh at 174’ 11” and junior Richard Sweeney ninth in 171’ 9” also placed in the hammer throw.
Nemec was also the top Wildcat finisher in the discus, taking 10th at 144’ 9” followed by Kaup in 11th at 142’ 7”.
Junior Jayle Hinkle recorded a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 46’ 11”.
Several Wildcat athletes also competed at the Sioux City Relays with freshman Preston Davis posting the top finishes, taking 19th in the 110 – meter hurdles (16.45) and another 19th place finish in the 400 – meter dash in 52.01 seconds.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s outdoor track & field team will next compete in the Doane University Invite in Crete on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.