WAYNE – With a busy January and February schedule set to take over 2022 for the Wayne State College women’s and men’s indoor track & field team, WSC sent several student-athletes up to a pre-season Holiday Invite this past weekend.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the throwers shined on the women’s side while northeast Nebraska representatives led the Wayne State men. WSC competed in the South Dakota State University Holiday Invitational from the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota (December 3 – 4). The meet attracted 17 teams and over 500 athletes from NCAA Division I, II and NAIA schools throughout the region.
Mckenzie Scheil, a graduate student from Fairmont, posted a third place finish in the weight throw at 62’ 2 ¾” while teammate Brooklynn Chipps, a junior from Elgin, was right behind in fourth place out of 50 throwers with a mark of 60’ 1 ¼”. Both Scheil and Chipps hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the event.
Scheil and Chipps also posted strong marks in the shot put as Scheil took fifth at 43’ 10 ¾” with Chipps next in sixth place at 43’ 8 ¾”.
Top performances in running events included sophomore Megan Hansen finishing 10th in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.15 seconds and sophomore Kelsey Larsen taking 12th in the 800-meter run (2:32.49).
Moving into the men’s division, freshman Logan Moeller of Pierce started with a third place finish in the long jump at 22’ 1” and followed that with a fourth place effort in the triple jump with a top mark of 45’ 1”.
Wisner-Pilger sophomore Dylan Kneifl placed in a pair of events to open the season, tied for fourth in the high jump clearing 6’ 6 ¾” while collecting a seventh place finish in the long jump at 20’ 9 ½”.
Three other Wildcats also placed in the high jump as freshman Alex Brandt tied for sixth clearing 6’ 4 ¾”, freshman Julien Hearn tied for eighth at 6’ 2 ¾” and Aaron English also tied for eighth clearing 6’ 2 ¾”.
In the 3,000-meter run, WSC had four runners in the top 10 led by sophomore Brandon Mundorf in sixth place with a time of 9:07.35 while senior Brock Hegarty was right behind in seventh at 9:07.92. Freshman Isaac Richards was ninth in 9:45.09 followed by Abe Schroeder in 10th place at 9:46.65.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Jackson McIntyre, Jacob Ladage, Theo Huber and Noah Carr posted a seventh place finish with a time of 3:28.06.
The 2022 indoor track and field season resumes for Wayne State College on Saturday, January 15 at the Mount Marty Opener in Yankton, South Dakota.