ABERDEEN, SD – After finishing day one of the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with first and third place point totals, the Wayne State College men and women respectively finished fifth and eighth overall.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcat men scored 54.5 points and finished fifth place while the WSC women took eighth with 34 points in Aberdeen, South Dakota at Swisher Field.
The Wildcat men ended the two-day meet with one NSIC champion, five All-NSIC performers, one new school record and one NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Minnesota State-Mankato captured a 10th straight NSIC men’s title with 214 points, easily topping second place Augustana’s 136 points. MSU Moorhead was third at 132 points followed by Northern State (73) and Wayne State with 54.5 points. University of Mary was sixth at 50 points, edging Minnesota Duluth’s 49.5 and Sioux Falls was eighth with 40 points.
Rounding out the team scoring were Concordia-St. Paul (30), Minot State (24), Southwest Minnesota State (9) and Upper Iowa (7).
The Wildcats scored 18 points in the decathlon thanks to a 1-2 finish by senior Noah Lilly and freshman Alex Brandt. Lilly won the 10-event competition with 6,006 points, highlighted by a first place finish in the pole vault clearing 14′ 8 ¼”. Brandt was right behind in second place with 5,878 points that included a first place finish in the high jump (6′ 4 ¼”).
Sophomore Dylan Kneifl eclipsed his own school record in the high jump, clearing 6′ 11 ½” to break his old school mark by ½ inch. He also set a new NCAA provisional mark in the event.
Senior Cole Christoffersen earned All-NSIC honors with a second place mark in the hammer throw at 189′ 5″.
Freshman Logan Moeller collected All-NSIC honors with a third place finish in the triple jump (47′ 8″) and was fifth in the long jump with a top mark of 23′ 9″.
Other medal winners for the Wildcats included freshman Daniel Elge was sixth in the shot put (49′ 9 ¼”), Alex Brandt was sixth in the javelin at 158′ 11″ and senior Aaron English tied for sixth in the high jump clearing 6′ 3 ¼”.
The Wayne State College women had one NSIC champion and three All-NSIC performers in the meet.
Minnesota State-Mankato captured the women’s team title with 191 points, well ahead of second place Augustana with 127 points. University of Mary (104.5), Winona State (88) and Sioux Falls (47.5) rounded out the top five teams.
Concordia-St. Paul finished sixth with 43 points followed by MSU Moorhead in seventh (36 pts) and Wayne State eighth at 34. Minnesota Duluth (32) and Bemidji State (31) closed out the top 10 teams.
Rounding out the team scoring were Northern State (28), St. Cloud State (26), Southwest Minnesota State (13), Minot State (9) and Upper Iowa (8).
Graduate student Mckenzie Scheil had a pair of All-NSIC finishes to lead the Wildcats, winning the hammer throw while earning All-NSIC honors with a third place mark in the shot put. Her winning mark in the hammer throw was 184′ 7″ while also adding a third place finish in the shot put (47′ 3 ¾”) to earn All-NSIC honors in that event.
Junior Brooklynn Chipps was an All-NSIC finisher in the hammer throw, taking second at 182′ 0″ to go with a fifth place finish in the shot put at 44′ 9 ¾”.
WSC had two other medal winners in the shot put with Kendra Paasch taking sixth at 43′ 4 ¼” while freshman Brooke Languis was eighth at 43′ 1 ½”. Senior Jadin Wagner collected a seventh place mark in the hammer throw at 160′ 9″.
Next up will be the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in Allendale, Michigan from Thursday, May 26 – Saturday, May 28. Qualifiers will be announced at a later date.