Wildcat Outdoor Nationals Recap

Wildcat Outdoor Nationals Recap
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

ALLENDALE, MI – Weekend competition concluded at the 2022 NCAA Division II Nationals with the women’s shot put event for a Wayne State College student-athlete.

From Allendale, Michigan and hosted by Grand Valley State University, the Outdoor Nationals were held from Thursday, May 26 – Saturday, May 28.

Mckenzie Scheil fouled on all three attempts in the shot put prelims on Saturday morning.

Scheil, a graduate of Fillmore Central HS, was competing in the shot put at the national championships for the second straight season after placing 12th one year ago.  She entered this year’s nationals ranked 18th in NCAA Division II in the shot put with a top season mark of 47’ 5 ¾” at the South Dakota Twilight Meet on May 6.

Zada Swoopes from West Texas A&M won the event with a top throw of 54’ 9 ½”.

Earlier in the week (Thursday), Scheil earned All-American honors thanks to a second place finish in the hammer throw at 195’ 5” to mark her third All-American finish in the event during her Wayne State career.

Also, Brooklyn Chipps, a junior from Elgin (Clearwater HS), finished third in the hammer throw with a top heave of 192’ 11” and collected her first-ever All-American honor.

Junior Judith Essemiah from Grand Valley State had the top throw of 207’ 8”.

After sitting tied for first following day one and tied for fifth through the second day, the Wayne State College women’s outdoor track & field team finished tied for 18th with 14 points all scored in Thursday’s hammer throw.

West Texas A&M won the women’s team standings with 77 points while the top NSIC team was Minnesota State-Mankato in third with 57 points.


For the Wildcat men, graduate student Cole Christoffersen finished 17th out of 20 competitors on Thursday in the hammer throw while sophomore Dylan Kneifl finished 12th on Friday in the men’s high jump and collected a Second Team All-American honor.

Senior Tanner Berg from Northern State had the top throw of 228’ 4” during the hammer throw as Ushan Perera from Texas A&M University-Commerce cleared 7’ 3 ¼” to be crowned the high jump champion.

Pittsburg State won the men’s team standings with 70 points while the top NISC team was Northern State who tied for 23rd with 10 points.