WAYNE – Members of the Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field team were recognized as All-Academic from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
To qualify for the team academic award, an institution must record a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher and individuals must maintain a 3.25 grade point average and have achieved a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor season.
For the Wayne State women, it marked their 13th straight award they have earned the team academic award with a 3.587 cumulative grade point average, which ranked third in NCAA Division II. Individual academic honors went to Michaela Dendinger, Kacie O’Connor, Tia Jones and Jadin Wagner.
Michaela Dendinger, a senior from Coleridge, recorded a 3.66 GPA majoring in biology and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors for a fourth time. This season, Dendinger was named NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year during the indoor and outdoor seasons and was NCAA National Champion in the Hammer Throw while earning National runner up honors in the indoor shot put and weight throw.
Kacie O’Connor, a senior from Sundance, Wyoming posted a 3.74 GPA majoring in health and physical education and collected USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for a fourth time. O’Connor was a National Qualifier in the discus during the outdoor season.
Tia Jones, a sophomore from Elkhorn, maintained a 3.68 GPA majoring in sport management and political science and is a two-time recipient of the honor. Jones was a National Qualifier in the shot put during the outdoor season and was First Team All-NSIC during the indoor season with a second-place finish.
Jadin Wagner, a freshman from Lawton, Iowa recorded a 3.489 GPA in business management and is a first time USTFCCCA All-Academic award winner. She earned All-NSIC honors placing second in the shot put during the outdoor season and was a National Qualifier and placed fourth in the shot put during the indoor season.
The WSC women’s track and field team placed in the top 20 nationally this season, 16th in the outdoor season and tied for 16th during the indoor season.
The Wayne State College men’s track & field team also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors for the ninth season with a cumulative grade point average of 3.316, which was tied for sixth-best in NCAA Division II. The four individuals who were awarded with All-Academic Awards were seniors Derek Lahm and Brady Metz, junior Robert Sullivan and sophomore Dylan Kaup.
Derek Lahm, a senior from Columbus, had a 3.924 GPA in chemistry/ health sciences to win the honor for a third time. Lahm was a National Qualifier and NSIC Champion in the decathlon during the outdoor season while also winning the long jump. He was a Google Cloud First Team Academic All-American this season marking the third time in his career to achieve Academic All-American Honors.
Brady Metz, a senior from Grand Island, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the first time posting a 3.38 GPA majoring in sport management. Metz placed in the long jump and triple jump at both conference meets this season, highlighted by a third place All-NSIC finish in the triple jump during the indoor season.
Robert Sullivan, a junior from Bennington, recorded a 3.26 GPA in exercise science for his first USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. This season Sullivan earned three All-NSIC finishes during the outdoor season and was the NSIC Indoor heptathlon champion and national qualifier.
Dylan Kaup, a sophomore from Neligh, maintained a 3.75 GPA majoring in Spanish/ Physical Education. He posted a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw during the outdoor season with a NCAA Provisional mark.
The Wildcat men were fourth during the outdoor season (92 points) and sixth in the indoor season (68 points) at this year’s Northern Sun Track and Field Championships.