LINCOLN – With select individuals participating in this weekend’s Drake Relays, Wayne State College sent a group to the Prairie Wolf Invite on Thursday.
From Lincoln, the meet attracted athletes from Nebraska, Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State along with NAIA schools Bellevue, Concordia (Neb.), Doane, Hastings, Mount Marty and host Nebraska Wesleyan.
A trio of event wins and three NCAA provisional marks highlighted the Wayne State College women.
Graduate student Mckenzie Scheil won the hammer throw with a mark of 191’ 5” and recorded an NCAA provisional mark in the shot put at 47’ ¾” to take third and a mark that is now #15 in NCAA Division II.
Two other NCAA provisional marks were also reached in the hammer throw by Jadin Wagner and Nicole Heeren who took third and fourth respectively with marks of 180’ 1” and 173’ 7”. Brooklynn Chipps also placed second in the event at 184’ 4” as Wildcat throwers collected the top four placings in the event.
Sarah Cotton, a sophomore from Ida Grove, Iowa, recorded a first place finish in the 200-meter dash of 25.21 seconds and came in third in the 100-meter dash in 12.33 seconds.
Keyla Sambo also scored a first place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 37’ 9 ¼” followed by Emily Smollen in third at 36’ 11” and Emily Erickson was eighth at 34’ 10 ½”.
Scheil headlined a group of four Wildcats that placed in the top seven in the shot put. Brooklynn Chipps was right behind in fourth at 45’ 9”, Kendra Paasch sixth (43’ 5”) and Brooke Languis seventh at 42’ 1 ½”.
Reilly Young had a second place finish in the discus at 139’ 11”, Emily Smollen was third in the long jump at 18’ 5 ¾” and Megan Hansen finished fourth in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles in 14.93 seconds.
Other top Wildcat finishers were Brooke Solomon fifth in the 5,000-meter run (20:31.48), Annie McCartney was sixth in the javelin throw at 95’ 10”, Kylie Pachta sixth in the 5,000-meter run at 20:43.67, Maya Couch seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.58), Alison Stineman eighth in the 800-meter run at 2:24.60 and Kenzie Moeller eighth in the long jump at 17’ 2 ¾”.
Northeast Nebraska native and Wisner-Pilger graduate, Dylan Kneifl broke a 37-year-old record in the high jump for the Wayne State men to highlight five Wildcat first place finishes.
Kneifl cleared 6’ 11” for an NCAA provisional mark and new WSC school record that is tied for first in the NSIC this season and ranks tied for eighth in NCAA Division II. The old school record was 6’ 10” by Joe Ortmeier in the 1984 season. He also finished seventh in the long jump at 21’ 2 ¾”.
Freshman sprinter Theo Huber was a double event winner, crossing the tape first in the 100-meter dash in 10.88 seconds to go with a first place finish in the 200-meter dash at 22.29 seconds.
Senior Jacob Ladage recorded the other first place finish in the 400-meter dash at 49.96 seconds, leading a group of six Wildcats that placed in the top seven in the event. Noah Carr followed in second at 51.35 with Jackson McIntyre fourth in 52.81 seconds. Noah Lilly was fifth (53.87) with Michael Kueny sixth (54.17) and Alex Brandt seventh (54.19).
Freshman Logan Moeller posted a first place finish in the long jump at 24’ ¾” and was third in the triple jump at 47’ 3 ½”.
Thrower Cole Christoffersen collected a second place finish in the hammer throw at 191’ 11”.
Boone Central freshman sprinter Wyatt Nissen took third in the 200-meter dash in 22.74 seconds and was fifth in the 100-meter dash at 11.11 seconds.
Wayne sophomore Cody Rogers was third in the long jump with a leap of 22’ 7 ¾” and was seventh in the triple jump at 44’ 8”.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Will McGonigal was third in a time of 10:55.02 with Nathan Hiemer taking sixth at 11:26.83.
Other top Wildcat finishers were Abe Schroeder fifth in the 5,000-meter run (16:27.39), Daniel Elge fifth in the shot put (47’ 5 ¼”), Aaron English placed sixth in the high jump clearing 6’ 3 ½”, Braden Johnson was sixth in the long jump at 21’ 5 ½” and Jediah Davis seventh in the 100-meter dash at 11.44 seconds.
Several athletes will compete for Wayne State Friday and Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA while the next full meet scheduled for the Wayne State College women’s and men’s outdoor track & field team will be on Friday, May 6 at the South Dakota Tune-up.