Emily Wells named NSIC field athlete of the week


Richard Rhoden

Lexi Guhl hands the baton off to teammate Mary Alderson in the 4 X 100 meter relay race last weekend at the Prairie Wolf Invitational.

Amber Schwarz, Entertainment Editor

The Wayne State College women’s track and field team finished second overall with 180 points at the Prairie Wolf Invitational held Friday in Lincoln.

WSC won five events with one NCAA automatic and three provisional qualifying marks.

Thrower Emily Wells recorded an NCAA automatic mark of 187’ 9” in the hammer throw to place second. The NCAA automatic mark means that with that throw she automatically qualified for Nationals. Wells was also named NSIC Field Athlete of the Week.

Provisional qualifying marks were achieved by Michaela Dendinger in the discus, placing second at 144’ 5”, Makenzie Masching was third in the hammer throw with a mark of 170’ 10”, while Carly Fehringer placed second in the shot put with 46’ 6 ¼”.

“I thought we had a good meet with many people competing very well, even though it was a smaller number of athletes in the meet,” coach Marlon Brink said. “I think this meet will provide us with a good shot of confidence going into the second half of the outdoor season.”

First-place finishes were recorded by Alexis Guhl in the 100 meter hurdles (15.35), Sara Wells in the shot put (50’ 4 ½”) and discus (153’ 2”), Fehringer in the hammer throw (197’ 2”) and Sidney Blum in the long jump (17’ 1 ¼”).

Other second-place finishes belong to Rebecca Davenport in the 400 hurdles (1:05.32) and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Davenport, Danielle Hart, Mary Alderson and Elizabeth Pille.

Third place finishes went to Alderson in the 200 meter dash (26.60), Pille in the 400 (1:03.25), Skyler Lippman in the 5,000 meter run (20:00.87), Megan Svitak in the 100 hurdles (15.98), Jessi Pongratz in the shot put (43’ 3 ¼”) and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Guhl, Alderson, Hart and Ellen Wulf in 50.28 seconds.

This weekend Sara Wells, Emily Wells, Fehringer and Masching will compete for the women’s team at the Drake Relays in Des Moines.

“The Drake Relays are one of the premier collegiate track and field meets in the United States with the best athletes from Division I, II and III competing,” Brink said.

The rest of the team will compete at the Grandview Invitational on Friday in Des Moines.

On Sunday and Monday, Svitak and Wulf will compete in the NSIC Heptathlon in Aberdeen, S.D.