Fourth record-breaking weekend in a row

Robert Sullivan breaks school record three weeks after it was set


Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

Wayne State track and field had a big weekend that saw a school record broken, another tied and another performance that was four-hundredths away from a school record.

The Wildcats were split up this weekend as most of the team was in Brookings, S.D., Friday and Saturday for the South Dakota State (SDSU) Classic, while the jumpers competed at the Concordia Inivte in Seward on Friday and multis competed at the NSIC Multi Championships on Sunday and Monday in Mankato, Minn.

Brady Metz started out the weekend with a triple jump of 14.74 meters, which was converted to 48’4.5”, at the Concordia Invite. His jump was good enough for first place, the third time he’s won gold this year. This jump tied a 28-year-old school record.

“The school record was something I’ve had my eye on ever since I got to campus my freshman year,” Metz said. “I just knew it was something that was going to take a lot of hard work to get myself into the position of having a shot at breaking it.”

On Saturday, Antoine Bardou highlighted the Wildcats’ performance at the SDSU Classic. As if two school records weren’t enough, Bardou made a run at a third by clocking 1:52.50 in the 800-meter, just shy of 1:52.46, which is the school record.

Bardou placed third out of 99 runners in the 800. His two school records are the 1000-meter (2:26.63) and the mile (4:08.27). His times in the 800 and mile are provisional marks for qualifying to nationals.

Robert Sullivan capped off the Wildcats’ big weekend by winning the NSIC heptathlon championship while also breaking the school record. Sullivan recorded 5,141 points, which broke the previous record held by teammate Derek Lahm of 4,991, which he set just a few weeks prior.

“Everything went as planned,” Sullivan said. “Being a school record holder means everything to me. It’s been a hard-fought road, but the outcome outweighs the struggles.”

Lahm added a third-place finish in the heptathlon with 4,970 points to help give the Wildcats 16 big points going into the NSIC Championships Feb. 24-25 in Mankato.

Also at Concordia, Josh Spenner was fifth in the pole vault (4.70m) and Travis Eller was 10th in the 600-meter (1:26.10).

The Wildcats saw plenty of competition at the SDSU Classic, with more than 1,700 athletes were entered in the meet. Along with Bardou’s performance, Nick Fly was 18th in the 1,000-meter (2:36.68), Clay Kramper 18th in the 200-meter (22.31) and Braxton Adams 26th in the 60-meter (7.07).

“The SDSU Classic is the biggest meet we go to all year,” Head Coach Marlon Brink said. “We had some good times, and guys are peaking at the right time.”

For the women at Concordia, Shelby Roth was fifth in the high jump (1.60m) and Riana Noelle was seventh in the triple jump (10.58m). At the SDSU Classic, Melissa Kroll was 11th in the 600-meter (1:37.52).

Currently, six Wildcats have provisional qualifying marks for nationals: Bardou in the 800 and mile, Metz in the triple jump, Spenner in the pole vault, Sullivan in the heptathlon and high jump, Lahm in the long jump and heptathlon and Michaela Dendinger in the weight throw and shot put. Provisional marks may or may not qualify for nationals.