WAYNE – Following the start to the indoor track & field season for Wayne State College, the men’s team have made some additions to their program for next season.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, four individuals have signed their national letters of intent being Dalton Gieselman of Bloomfield, Mitchell Rudie from Springfield, Waylon Sherman of Wahoo and Keaton Wattier of O’Neill.
Marlon Brink is in his 22nd year has the head coach for cross country and track & field at WSC.
“We believe these young men fit well with the type of student-athletes that we need and want in our program to help us climb in the NSIC standings,” commented Coach Brink. “We are excited to see what they can do as future WSC Wildcat track and field athletes.”
Both the Wayne State women and men indoor teams recently competed in the SDSU Holiday Invite on December 3.
Dalton Gieselman is a 6-3, 250 pound thrower from Bloomfield High School where he is a three sport standout in football, basketball and track and field. Last spring at the Class D State Track Meet, Gieselman placed seventh in the discus at 141′ 11″ and was a state qualifier in the shot put. On the football field, Gieselman is a two-time All-District selection helping the Bees reach the Class D-2 state playoffs.
“Dalton is a strong, athletic guy who we think has a lot of potential to develop into an explosive thrower in a year-round training program,” said Brink. “He should fit in well with the group of young guys we have on our throws squad.”
Mitchell Rudie is a 5-10, 155 pound sprinter from Platteview High School, starting four years in track and field and two in football. Last spring in track, Rudie was a Class B state medalist in two events placing sixth in the 400-meter dash in 50.50 seconds and ran the lead off leg on the third place 4 x 400-meter relay team in a time of 3:27.72. In football, Rudie served as a team captain.
“Mitchell has some great experience in the 400 and relays, which should allow him to make a quick transition into competing in the NSIC,” remarked Coach Brink. “He will add to the strength of our young sprints crew.”
Waylon Sherman is a sprinter from Wahoo High School where he is a four year starter and letter winner in track and field. Last spring at the Class B State Track Meet, Sherman placed fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.03) and ran a leg on the Warriors’ 4 x 100 relay team that was 12th. He set a Trailblazer Conference record in the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 10.96 seconds.
“Waylon made steady improvements throughout the season last year in the 100 meters and sprint relays where he placed at Class B state last spring,” stated Brink. “He should compete well with our other sprint guys right away.”
Keaton Wattier is a 6-5, 180 pound hurdler from O’Neill High School where he is a four year starter in track and field and two year starter in basketball. As a junior last spring, Wattier was a Class B State Finalist in the 110 high hurdles and holds the school record at 14.91 seconds and was the district champion in the event. On the basketball court, Wattier averaged 9.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season as a junior and was named Class B All-State Honorable Mention.
“Keaton is an aggressive hurdler, which should help him adapt to the high hurdles in college,” said Brink. “He made great improvements last year in the 110 meter hurdles to get under 15 seconds.”
Next up for the WSC women’s and men’s indoor track & field program will be the Mount Marty Opener on Saturday, January 15 in Yankton, South Dakota.