WAYNE – With the start of the outdoor track & field season beginning for Wayne State College this past weekend, several individuals captured the spotlight.
From Memorial Stadium on the LeRoy Simpson Track on the campus of Wayne State College, WSC welcomed in Northern State, Sioux Falls, DI South Dakota and Southwest Minnesota State along with women’s teams of Bemidji State and St. Cloud State Saturday afternoon.
Junior Mckenzie Scheil was named the first NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week for 2021 as she hit NCAA provisional marks in the weight throw and shot put.
The Fairmont native (Fillmore Central HS), Scheil had an NCAA provisional mark of 45’ 10” in the shot put to place second and was third in the weight throw with a heave of 194’ 9”, another NCAA provisional mark. Her shot put mark ranks sixth and weight throw is the second-best in NCAA DII as of Monday.
Jadin Wagner also hit an NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw, taking seventh at 173’ 5”.
Freshman Megan Hansen had a strong day for the Wildcats, placing third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.25) and fourth in the 200 meter dash at 28.21 seconds.
Junior Jordyn Pester had a strong second place finish in the 400-meter dash at 1:00.30 with junior Alison Dykman collecting a second place finish in the high jump clearing 4’ 11”.
In the triple jump, Keyla Sambo was third at 34’ 5 ¾” with Riana Noelle fourth (33’ 2”).
Kenzie Sullivan collected a pair of fifth place finishes in the shot put (43’ 2 ¼”) and discus 139’ 0”.
In the 1,500-meter run, Allie Rosener was fifth at 5:18.38 with Molly McCartney sixth (5:25.09).
Sophie Noecker placed fifth in the javelin (87’ 11”).
The Wildcat men had four first place finishers and three NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Senior sprinter Justin Rohloff collected two first place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.42) and the 200 meter dash in 23.22 seconds.
Senior Preston Davis won the javelin throw (161’ 8”) while freshman Dylan Kneifl captured first place in the high jump clearing 6’ 2 ¾”.
Three Wildcats recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the hammer throw. Seniors Cade Kalkowski and Dylan Kaup took second and third place respectively with Kalkowski surpassing the 200 foot mark with a personal best throw of 203’ 2” while Kaup was right behind at 198’ 6”. Senior Cole Christoffersen also hit an NCAA provisional mark placing sixth at 187’ 4”.
Kalkowski was listed as a top field performer among the conference with the top collegiate throw in the hammer throw this past weekend which ranks fourth in NCAA DII.
Freshman Noah Carr had a pair of second place finishes in sprint events, taking runner up in the 100-meter dash (11.59) and in the 200 meter dash at 23.29 seconds.
Ben Allen posted a second-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 52’ 2 ½”.
Michael Kueny had a third place in the 400-meter dash (51.61) and fifth in the 200 meter dash at 23.88 seconds.
In the hurdles, Preston Davis was third in the 400 hurdles (1:00.11) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.80).
Will McGonigal took second in the 1,500-meter run at 4:23.54 and freshman Collin Kotz was fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:01.00.
Cody Crosley was third in the long jump (20’ 7 ¾”) and was fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.81).
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field team will compete next on Saturday, April 3 at the UNK Central Nebraska Challenge in Kearney starting at 11 a.m.