BROOKINGS, S.D. – As the field athletes and short distance runners have been practicing since the beginning of school, the Wayne State College track & field team took part in competition last Friday.
From the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota, WSC joined numerous Division I and II teams along with athletes from NAIA schools in the SDSU Holiday Open.
Freshman sprinter Jordyn Pester was the top Wildcat women finisher who took fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.78 seconds while fellow freshman Molli Vasa (Wahoo) was 11th overall in 1:01.01.
Sophomore thrower Mckenzie Scheil (Fillmore Central HS) reached an NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw, recording a top mark of 58′ 3 to place seventh overall.
Sophomore Jadin Wagner posted a ninth-place finish in the shot put with a top throw of 43′ 5 ¼” and was 15th in the weight throw at 52′ 3 ¼”.
Sophomore Hanna Lazure was 13th in the high jump clearing 5′ 1″.
Kalkowski, a junior from Niobrara, recorded a top throw of 63′ ¼” to place fourth overall while also reaching an NCAA provisional mark in the opening meet of the season.
Kaup, a junior from Neligh, also reached an NCAA provisional mark in the weight throw with a top throw of 57′ 10 ¼” to come in 11th overall while senior Richard Sweeney took 14th place at 55′ ¼”.
Freshman Mikhail Sands (Brighton, Colo.) had a strong sixth place finish in the long jump with a top mark of 21′ 8 ¼”.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s indoor track & field team will resume the 2019 season on Saturday, January 12 at the Doane Invitational in Crete.