LINCOLN – With the NSIC Outdoor Championships approaching, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s outdoor track & field team closed out their regular season this past weekend.
Two Wayne State women throwers competed in the Minnesota State Twilight Meet as the entire team took part in the Nebraska Invite on Saturday. For the men, they also had athletes participate in the UNL Invite but several members of the team did not compete due to graduation ceremonies at Wayne State College.
Senior Michaela Dendinger took first in the discus on Friday in Mankato with a throw of 170’ 4” while fellow senior Kacie O’Connor followed in second with a new personal best mark of 163’ 6”. She now has the 10th-best throw, being an NCAA provisional mark in Division II at the time of the throw.
Moving to Saturday, Dendinger picked up three NCAA automatic qualifying marks in the discus, hammer throw and shot put; finishing second in all three events. She recorded throws of 205’ 5” in the hammer throw, 173’ 4” in the discus and 53’ 9 ¼” in the shot put. O’Connor posted a sixth-place finish in the discus (150’ 3”) as freshman Kenzie Sullivan followed in seventh (140’ 8”).
In the hammer throw, freshman Jadin Wagner was sixth at 151’ 11” with senior Tessa Ives seventh with a mark of 146’ 7”. Wagner also took sixth in the shot put (46’ 3 ¼”) with sophomore Tia Jones seventh (45’ 1 ¾”) and Sullivan 10th (40’ 4 ¼”).
The top finisher in running events was graduate student Mary Alderson, taking seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.52) and seventh in the 200-meter dash (25.24). Junior Joan Jelimo was sixth in the 400-meter dash (58.96) while freshman Allysa Kimpson came in ninth in the 100-meter dash in 12.67 seconds.
The Wayne State College men were led by sophomore Habib Jallow with a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles (55.24) as he also finished sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.06).
Redshirt freshman Cade Kalkowski recorded a third-place finish in the hammer throw at 183’ 8”. Three other Wildcats placed in the top 10 in the event with junior Richard Sweeney taking eighth (167’ 6”), freshman Cole Christoffersen ninth (167’ 1”) and junior Matthew Nemec 10th at 166’ 10”.
Freshman Preston Davis took third in the 400-meter hurdles (56.03) and was ninth in the 110 hurdles (15.56).
Other top finishers included junior Jayle Hinkle fourth in the shot put (48’ 6”), freshman Bryce Holcomb placing fifth in the 800-meter run (2:00.38) and sophomore Nathan Pearson coming in seventh place with a time of 2:01.27, Christoffersen seventh in the shot put (46’ ½”) and sophomore Dylan Kaup was 10th in the discus at 134’ 2”.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s outdoor track & field team will next compete on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Winona, Minnesota.