ALLENDALE, MI – A trio of throwers from Wayne State College represented the Wildcats during the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships in Allendale, Michigan Thursday afternoon.
On the women’s side it was junior Mackenzie Scheil who earned All-American honors with a second-place finish while junior Jadin Wagner placed 15th in the hammer throw. The lone men’s competitor saw Cade Kalkowski placed 12th in the hammer throw Thursday afternoon.
Scheil, a graduate from Fillmore Central HS, recorded a top mark of 193′ 10″ on her final attempt in prelims to have the second-best throw heading into finals. She had three solid marks in the finals – 189′ 0″, 190′ 7″ and 189′ 7″ – but could not overcome the top throw recorded by Grand Valley State’s Judith Essemiah at 205′ 5″.
It’s the second time that Scheil has earned All-American honors in the hammer throw after placing seventh at the 2019 Division II Championships.
Jadin Wagner, a junior from Lawton, Iowa (Lawton-Bronson HS), recorded three marks in prelims. Her best throw came on the second attempt at 171′ 11″ with other marks of 163′ 6″ and 161′ 6″ for a 15th place finish in the event.
Scheil will compete again Saturday at 4 p.m. in the shot put at Allendale, Michigan.
Kalkowski, a graduate of Niobrara High School, fouled on his first attempt, and posted a mark of 197′ 5″ on his second throw in prelims followed by a foul on his third and final attempt. He entered nationals ranked eighth in NCAA Division II with a top regular season mark of 215′ 0″ at the Sioux City Relays April 16th.
It was the third time that Kalkowski was a national qualifier for the Wildcats in the hammer throw. He was a three-time NSIC champion in the event.