MANKATO, MN – Members of the Wayne State College women’s and men’s indoor track & field team took part in the 2022 NSIC Championships this past weekend.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcat women placed ninth out of 15 teams with 19 points while the Wayne State men finished seventh with 40 points (most points scored since 2018).
McKenzie Scheil placed in two events, earning All-NSIC honors in the shot put, to lead the Wayne State College women.
Minnesota State-Mankato was the runaway team winner with 243 points followed by University of Mary in a distant second at 115 points. Augustana (106.33), Winona State (63) and Minnesota Duluth (41) closed out the top five teams.
Sioux Falls edged Concordia-St. Paul for sixth place 37-32 points with Northern State (29), Wayne State (19) and MSU Moorhead (13) rounding out the top 10 teams.
St. Cloud State was 11th at 13 points with Bemidji State (10.33), Minot State (7), Southwest Minnesota State (5.33) and Upper Iowa (3) filling out the team scoring.
Scheil, a graduate of Fillmore Central HS, earned All-NSIC honors on Saturday with a third place finish in the shot put at 46’ 9”. She was one of three Wildcats to place in the event as Kendra Paasch, a junior from West Point-Beemer HS, finished sixth at 43’ 11 ¾” followed by Clearwater junior Brooklynn Chipps who took seventh with a top mark of 43’ 3”.
Scheil and Chipps also scored points in the weight throw on Friday as Scheil took fourth with an NCAA provisional mark of 63’ 4 ¾” followed by Chipps taking sixth place with a mark of 61’ 6 ¾”.
In men’s action, Pierce freshman Logan Moeller set a new school record in the triple jump, earning All-NSIC honors with a second place finish, and earned two medals to lead the Wildcat men.
Minnesota State-Mankato captured the men’s team title with 200.16 points with Augustana in second place at 135, just ahead of third place MSU Moorhead’s 126 points. University of Mary was a distant fourth with 55.83 points and Concordia-St. Paul was fifth at 51 points.
Northern State’s 48.5 points was good for sixth place followed by the Wildcats in seventh at 40.
Minnesota Duluth was eighth with 26 points followed by Sioux Falls (25.5), Minot State (20) and Southwest Minnesota State (13) closing out the team scoring.
Moeller opened the prelims Saturday morning in the triple jump with a leap of 48’ 6”, which was an NCAA provisional mark and new WSC school record that earned him second place in the event and All-NSIC honors. The previous school record of 48’ 4 ½” was shared by Mark Vollmer in 1988 and Brady Metz in 2017. Moeller also collected a fourth place finish in the long jump Friday with a top mark of 23’ ¾”.
Wayne State’s other All-NSIC performer was high jumper Dylan Kneifl (Wisner-Pilger HS), who achieved an NCAA provisional mark clearing the bar at 6’ 8 ¾” to place third in the event.
WSC earned two medals in the weight throw on Friday as Cole Christoffersen came in fifth place with a top mark of 60’ 8” while teammate Grant Fritsch took sixth at 57’ 3 ½”.
In the finals of the 600-meter run, graduate student Bryce Holcomb collected a sixth place finish with a time of 1:23.22 and freshman Daniel Elge added a seventh place finish in the shot put (49’ 5”) to close out Wayne State’s individual scoring.
The Wildcat 4 x 400 meter relay team of Jackson McIntyre, Mike Kueny, Holcomb and Noah Carr earned a fifth place finish in a time of 3:25.74.
The 2022 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships are slated for Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 12 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Top qualifiers will be announced at a later date.