Wildcats truck for track in two states

Spenner breaks WSC record and receives NCAA honors


Photo by Tessa Ives

Trenton Zink hands off the baton to Nate Lechtenberg during the 4×4 race in last weeks Concordia Invite in Seward.

Cody Kralicek, Staff Writer

It was a long weekend for the Wayne State College men’s and women’s track and field teams.

There was competition every day this past weekend starting off on Friday, when half the WSC men’s and women’s team competed at the 2016 Concordia Invite in Seward.

Top marks for the men’s team were provided by senior Bryan Dunn and sophomore Brady Metz. Dunn took third place in the weight throw with a toss of 60’3” while Metz snagged fourth in triple jump with a leap of 46’1 ½”.

Leading the women’s team with sixth-place finishes was both senior Kyndra Sturm and sophomore Kelsey Dietrich. Strum placed sixth in the weight throw with a mark of 53’5” and also Dietrich with a sixth-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.43.

The other half of the teams traveled to Brookings, S.D., on Saturday for the 2016 SDSU Indoor Classic held in the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.


Top performer for the Wildcats was sophomore Braxton Adams, who finished fifth in the 60m dash in 6.93.

Another strong performance was junior Nick Schmit, who took 16th in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:34.74.

Top performer for the woman’s team was Molly Kingley, who placed 34th in the 5,000m run in 19:11.78.

Lastly, Sunday is usually the day of rest, but for the WSC “multis”—multiple events–it was the big one.

The Wayne State College Multi group traveled to Mankato, Minn, at the campus of Minnesota State to compete in the 2016 NSIC Multis Championship.

Top finisher for the multis was sophomore Josh Spenner, who placed third with 4,788, which is an NCAA provisional mark. Spenner received All-NSIC honors and also broke the WSC heptathlon record, which was previously 4,707 points.

Others who competed were freshman Robert Sullivan, missed out on placing by taking ninth place with 4,316 points.

Samantha Kennedy placed 18th with 2,386 points.

“I was very pleased with Josh Spenner’s school record and NCAA provisional qualifying mark,” head coach Marlon Brink said. “He has made some huge progress in the one year he has been on the team.”

The Wayne State College track and field team will be back in action this weekend at the 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Husker Tune-Up on Friday.

Concordia Invite

Men’s – Bryan Dunn 3rd in weight throw (60’3”), Brady Metz 4th in triple jump(46’1 ½”) and 8th in long jump (20’10”), Trenton Zink 5th in 400m dash (52.88), Joey Black 8th in one mile(4:53.56), Nate Lectenberg 9th in 60m hurdles (8.84), Richard Sweeney 10th in weight throw(52’3 ¾”) and WSC 4x400m relay 4th (3:37.18).

Women’s – Kyndra Sturm 6th in weight throw (53’5”), Kelsey Dietrich 6th in 60m hurdles(9.43), Melissa Kroll 7th in 400m dash(1:02.62), Rachel Rauner 9th in 60m dash(8.09).



SDSU Classic
Men’s – Braxton Adams 5th in 60m dash(6.93), Nick Schmit 16th in 1,000m run(2:34.74) and 39th in 800m run(1:58.86), Justin Brueggemann 26th in 5,000m run(15:26.05), Nick Fly 28th in one mile(4:26.01), and Cortland Cassidy 58th in 5,000m run(16:37.59)
Women’s – Molly Kinglsey 34th in 5,000m run(19:11.78), Andrea DeSimone 42nd in 5,000m run(19:33.04), and Shelby Connett 43rd in 5,000m run(19:35.77)
NSIC Multis Championships
Josh Spenner 3rd with 4,788 points, Robert Sulivan 9th with 4,316 points, Samantha Kennedy 18th with 2,386 points.