WAYNE – As the Wayne State College outdoor track and field team prepares for their third competition of the season, an individual earned a league award earlier this week.
Wayne State redshirt freshman Mckenzie Scheil was named the NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on April 1.
A graduate of Fillmore Central High School, Scheil opened the outdoor season with a first place finish in the hammer throw at the Wildcat Classic (3/23/19) with a NCAA provisional mark of 174′ 9″. She then followed that with another first place finish in the hammer throw at the Alex Francis/Fort Hays State Classic (3/28/19) with a mark of 173′ 8″ and placed second in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 45′ 10″. Her marks in both events currently lead the NSIC while ranking 12th in NCAA Division II in the hammer throw and 22nd nationally in the shot put.
The Women’s NSIC Track Athlete went to senior hurdler Julia Hammerschmidt of the University of Mary. On the men’s side, redshirt junior distance-runner Jesus Urtusuastegui of Augustana was named the Track Athlete of the Week while the Field Athlete went to junior thrower Jayme LaPlante of Minnesota State-Mankato.
Wayne State is scheduled to compete on Friday and Saturday (April 5-6) at the Concordia Invitational in Seward.