WAYNE – As the NSIC Conference Track & Field meet approaches this week with a three-day format, the Wayne State College women and men will look to compete at their best.
WSC recently competed in an eight-meet outdoor schedule that began on Saturday, March 27 with the Wildcat Outdoor Classic and concluded this past Friday, May 7 during the USD Tune-Up.
Head coach Marlon Brink is in his 21st season leading the Wildcat track and field program. He said the athletes will need to be at their best during the conference meet.
“Always the conference meet is one of our goals for the season to have our kids get in there and compete well and score points for the team,” said Brink. “Hopefully have as good a team finish as we can at the conference championships there.”
Several throwers on both the women’s and men’s side have hit provisional marks and rank in their respective events.
The 2021 NSIC Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Duluth, Minnesota. The men’s and women’s heptathlon and decathlon will be the only event scheduled for Thursday, May 13. Prelims and finals for all other events will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 14 – 15.
Coach Brink added this is the first year of the three-day format which was supposed to happen last year but was canceled due to COVID-19.
“In the past the decathlon has been split separate from the rest of the meet,” Brink added. “It is a little bit of a new format, so I think it’s going to be good. The weather is looking decent up there in Duluth for three days in a row which you never know what you’re going to get for weather when you go that far north.”
Along with the Wildcat Classic in late March, WSC also hosted the Wildcat Challenge on May 1. Coach Brink mentioned the team traveled to Vermillion, South Dakota competing in meets hosted by the University of South Dakota.
“They’ve got a great facility there,” Brink mentioned. “So, it’s kind of nice that they hosted as many meets as they did and it kind of helped us not have to travel so far and still get some great competition there. Things changed a little bit this year with some of our meets in terms of where we competed at but we were able to get a full season of competition in which our athletes and us coaches were very thankful for.”
For most, the season will end this weekend, but those who qualify for the 2021 NCAA DII Outdoor Nationals will find out on Tuesday, May 18. Nationals will be hosted by Grand Valley State held in Allendale, Michigan from Thursday, May 27 – Saturday, May 29.