Weather dampers track and field


Photo by Siera Zach

Molly Kingsley races for the finish in a pack of runners during the 5,000 meter run last Friday in the 2016 MIAA/NSIC Showdown meet. The meet was held at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo.

Cody Kralicek, Staff Writer

Even with the wind and cold, the show must go on. It did go on and the WSC track and field team had to suffer straight through the nasty weather.

Last Friday, the Wildcats traveled down to Maryville, Mo., in the bone-chilling elements to compete in the 2016 MIAA/NSIC Showdown meet on the campus of Northwest Missouri State.

The cold didn’t stop sophomore Brady Metz from finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 22’1”. Metz had more left in the tank as he also placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 46’6.25”.

“It was great to come away with some good marks in both events,” Metz said. “Even with the weather conditions being the way they were, that just pushed me to get a good mark. With these type of results, it gives you a lot of motivation going into the next meet.”

Leading the Wildcats on the track was sophomore Braxton Adams with a third-place finish in the 100m dash with a quick time of 10.89.

The men’s team scored 48 points and finished seventh out of the nine teams competing in the showdown meet.

The WSC women’s team scored two points and tied for 10th in the meet.

Top finish for the women’s team was the 4x400m relay of Kelsey Dietrich, Melissa Kroll, Rachel Rauner and Ellen Wulf. The relay team took eighth place with a time of 4:07.96.

Dietrich provided another top performance when she came in 12th in the 100m hurdles in 15.38.

The WSC throwers ventured to Seward, Neb., to compete in the 2016 Concordia Outdoor Invite hosted on the campus of Concordia University.

Leading the women’s team was senior Kyndra Sturm with an 11th place finish in the hammer throw at 162’9.

Kacie O’Connor took 16th place in the discus with a toss of 125’5”.

On the men’s side, freshman Matt Nemec placed 17th in the hammer throw with a 48.10 meter toss.

Following right behind Nemec was freshman Joe Giesselmann, who placed 20th in the hammer with a 42.84 meter throw.

“I thought we had decent efforts despite the weather conditions,” coach Marlon Brink said. “Hopefully, when we get some even better conditions, our performance will improve even greater.”

The Wayne State College track and field team with be back in action this weekend at the 2016 Sioux City Relays beginning on Friday.




MIAA/NSIC Showdown men’s team
Brady Metz 2nd in long jump (22’1”) and 3rd in triple jump (46’6.25”), Braxton Adams 3rd in 100m dash (10.89), Josh Spenner 4th in long jump (21’5.25”) and third in pole vault (14’7.5”), Robert Sullivan 6th in long jump (21’4.25”) and 6th in high jump (6’2”), Cody Kralicek 8th in javelin (98’5”), Nick Fly 3rd in the 1500m run (4:04.56), Corbin Lehn 6th in 3000m steeplechase (10:53.49).



MIAA/NSIC women’s team
4x400m relay 8th (4:07.96), Kelsey Dietrich 12th in 100m hurdles (15.38)



Concordia invite men’s team
Matt Nemac 17th in hammer throw (143’1”) and 21st in discus (135’2”), Joe Giesselmann 20th in hammer throw (138’9”).

Concordia invite women’s team
Kyndra Sturm 11th in hammer throw (162’9”), Kacie O’Connor 16th in discus (127’1”), Kes Burke 22nd in hammer throw (138’5”), Tessa Ives 25th in hammer throw ( 135’1”).