Fly, Sullivan win races at Doane Relays


Photo by Tess Riecke

Braxton Adams edges out his opponent to take second the 100 meter dash on Sunday in the 2016 Doane Relays.

Cody Kralicek, Staff Writer

“Our journey of discipleship is not a dash around the track, nor is it fully comparable to a lengthy marathon. In truth, it is a lifelong migration toward a more celestial world.” –Neil L. Anderson
If you ask any of the athletes on the WSC track and field team about this quote, all of them would 100 percent agree, especially going down into the final meets of the season.
Two Wildcats earned top honors this weekend at the 2016 Doane Relays in Crete, Neb.
Junior Nick Fly and freshman Robert Sullivan both recorded their first outdoor wins of the season in their respective events.
Fly was the first to break the ribbon in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:05.81. He also was ninth in the 800 meter at 1:59.69.
“It felt great but I wish I could have gotten a better time because I think that’s more important,” Fly said. “All though I’m glad I won because I feel like I’ve been having great training lately.”
Sullivan crossed the line first to win the 110 meter hurdles with a fast time of 15.12. Sullivan also placed seventh in the high jump clearing 6’4”.
“It feels very new,” Sullivan said. “Growth in any new event is something that is completely unexpected and a win at that. I couldn’t even contain myself and when I realized that I crossed the finish line and ran two PR’s in one day, I lost it.”
Another top finish for the men’s team was Braxton Adams, who finished second in the 100 meter dash in 10.87.
On the women’s side, it was senior Ellen Wulf who led the squad with her third place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17’10 ¼”.
The WSC women’s 4×400 meter relay earned a third place finish of Kelsey Dietrich, Melissa Kroll, Rachel Rauner and Wulf. They finished with a time of 4:06.98.
The WSC throwers competed Friday at the Northern State Twilight meet in Aberdeen, S.D.
Senior Bryan Dunn won the hammer throw with a toss of 185’3”.
“It was a good feeling to hit close to my PR,” Dunn said. “Now I just have to build off of it and keep it up in practice to perform well.”
Following behind Dunn was Matt Nemac taking third in the hammer with a mark of 154’9”.
Sophomore Kacie O’Connor led the Cats with a first-place victory in the discus. Her winning throw was 149’9”.
In the hammer throw, Kyndra Sturm came in fourth with a toss of 162’6”.
The Wayne State College track and field team will be back in action this weekend, when some athletes will compete in the 2016 Drake Relays held in Des Moines. Other Wildcats will compete at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.




Doane Relays Men’s results
Nick Fly 1st in 1500m run (4:05.81) and 9th in 800m run (1:59.69), Robert Sullivan 1st in 110m hurdles (15.12) and 7th in high jump (6’4), Braxton Adams 2nd in 100m dash (10.87), Brady Metz 4th in triple jump (47’1”) and 7th in long jump (21’5 ½”), Nate Lechtenberg 5th in 110m hurdles (16.0) and 7th in 400m hurdles (58.78), Nick Schmit 7th in 800m run (1:59.57).
Doane Relays Women’s results
Ellen Wulf 3rd in long jump (17’10 ¼”), WSC 4x400m relay 3rd (4:06.98), Rachel Rauner 6th in 100m dash (12.83) and 6th in 200m dash (26.43), Kelsey Dietrich 6th in 100m hurdles (15.21).
Northern State Men’s results
Bryan Dunn 1st in hammer (185’3”), Matt Nemec 3rd in hammer (154’9”) and 5th in discus (125’0”), Joe Giesselmann 10th in hammer (135’11”)
Northern State Women’s results
Kacie O’Connor 1st in discus (147’11”), Kyndra Sturm 4th in hammer (162’6”), Tessa Ives 7th in hammer (149’9”), Kes Burke 9th in hammer (144’3”)