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Metz and Dendinger take first place at relays

Brady Metz and Michaela Dendinger earn medals at 53rd Sioux City Relays meet

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

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Brady Metz and Michaela Dendinger each claimed first-place finishes as Wayne State College competed at the 53rd Sioux City Relays this weekend.

Metz won the triple jump with a mark of 47’0.25’’ and also added fifth place in the long jump with a mark of 21’6.’’

Dendinger was first in the discus (164’5’’), second in the shot put (51’11.25’’) and second in the hammer (197’10’’).

“We had good competition, but the marks weren’t quite there this week,” Head Coach Marlon Brink said. “We’re still working through this middle part of the season and are getting ready to peak here in the next few weeks.”

Also for the men, Derek Lahm was second in the long jump (21’8.75’’) and ninth in the javelin (153’2’’), Robert Sullivan was third in the long jump (21’7.5’’), Jordan Zautke was fourth in the 200-meter (22.29) and ninth in the 100-meter (11.17), Habib Jallow was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (56.32), Richard Sweeny was fifth in the hammer (167’3’’), Corbin Lehn was fifth in the 10,000-meter (33:31.13) Alvyns Ancenord was sixth in the 100-meter (11.11), Josh Spenner was seventh in the pole vault (15’0.25’’), Matt Nemec was eighth in the hammer (163’) and 13th in the discus (134’8’’), Nick Fly was ninth in the 1,500-meter (4:04.82) and Jayle Hinkle was 11th in the shot put (44’10’’).

“Long jump and triple jump was probably the highlight for the men,” Brink said. “To have Brady win and placing three guys in the long jump was pretty big. The 4×400 ran well and got into the top five in the conference.”

The 4×400-meter relay of Brandon Marker, Clay Kramper, Travis Eller and Jallow was fifth with a time of 3:22.56. Kramper was timed at a 48.8 split during his baton carry.

For the women, Tia Jones was fourth in the shot put (45’0.25’’), Kacie O’Connor was fourth in the discus (141’4’’), Mary Alderson was ninth in the 200-meter (26.55) and Tessa Ives was tenth in the hammer (140’7’’).

“Michaela threw well and had another solid performance,” Brink said. “Tia hitting (a provisional qualifying mark) was probably the biggest highlight.”

The throwers also competed Monday at the USD Twilight Invite in Vermillion, S.D.

For the women, Dendinger was first in the discus (163’3’’) and first in the hammer (198’0’’), Jones was third in the shot put (42’0.5’’) and fifth in the hammer (144’4’’), O’Connor was third in the discus (147’9’’), Ives was sixth in the hammer (143’6’’) and Kes Burke was seventh in the hammer (139’8’’).

For the men, Hinkle was third in the shot put (45’6.5’’), Nemec was third in the hammer (173’7’’) and sixth in the discus (136’1’’), Sweeny was fifth in the hammer (166’11’’) and Dylan Kaup was eighth in the discus (132’6’’).

WSC has a partial team competing today at the Mounty Marty Twilight Invite in Yankton, S.D. Other athletes are preparing for the Drake Relays Thursday through Saturday and the NSIC Multi Championships Sunday and Monday.

Individuals who qualified for Drake are Metz in the triple jump, Dendinger in the shot put, discus and hammer and O’Connor in the discus.

The 4×100-meter relay of Alcenord, Braxton Adams, Kramper and Zautke and the distance medley relay of Kak Ayaj, Marker, Nick Schmit and Fly will also be competing at Drake.

Lahm and Sullivan will compete in the decathlon at the NSIC Multi Championships in Mankato, Minn. Lahm and Sullivan produced 16 big points for the Wildcats during Indoor Multis to help WSC to a third-place finish at the NSIC Indoor Championships.

Sullivan was the conference champion in the heptathlon and set the school record in that event. Lahm is the school record holder in the decathlon.

Brink hopes that his two decathletes will come through big for the Wildcats again

“I think those two, if they pull everything together, can get top three again,” Brink said.

Points scored at the Multi Championships go towards the NSIC Outdoor Championships, which will be held May 12-13 in St. Paul, Minn.

“The men’s team will be shooting for third to fourth-place again and the women will be looking to improve on their finish from last year,” Brink said. “The men’s team is not the same as it was indoors. We don’t have Antoine Bardou (medical redshirt) and Cade Kalkowski (redshirt) and Derek is coming off of injury.”

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