Track and field comes to Wayne

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

The Wayne State men’s and women’s track and field teams will start their season with the Wildcat Classic and Multi in Wayne this Friday and Saturday.

The men are is coming off a strong indoor season in which they finished third at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) championships.

The biggest highlight from the indoor season was Robert Sullivan’s breaking the school record in the heptathlon and qualifying to nationals in that event. Sullivan broke the school record just weeks after his teammate, Derek Lahm, broke the record. Sullivan was also the NSIC champion in the heptathlon.

Antoine Bardou was also an NSIC indoor champion, winning the 1,000-meter. He broke the school record in that event and also broke the school record in the mile. Brady Metz tied the school record in the triple jump.

Bardou will run the 800-meter and 1,500-meter outdoors.

Other Wildcats to watch include Braxton Adams in the 100-meter, Clay Kramper in the 200-meter, Josh Spenner in the pole vault and decathlon, Matt Nemec in the hammer and discus, Nick Fly in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter and Nick Schmidt in the 800-meter.

Kramper was the NSIC runner-up in the 200-meter dash last outdoor season.

Sullivan and Lahm will transition from the seven-event heptathlon to the 10-event decathlon. Lahm is the school record holder in the decathlon. He will also long jump and triple jump and will be a big contributor to the relays.

The women finished eleventh at the NSIC Indoor Championships, which was an improvement from last year. The women will look to continue that improvement during the outdoor season.

The women’s team also sent an athlete to nationals. Michaela Dendinger qualified in both the shot put and weight throw. Dendinger will compete in the shot put, discus and hammer outdoors.

Other Wildcats to watch include Kacie O’Connor in the discus, Tia Jones in the shot put and hammer, Melissa Kroll in the 200-meter and 400-meter and Mary Alderson in the 400-meter and 800-meter.

O’Connor will be a big addition for WSC. She does not compete during indoor season, as she is also on the basketball team, and discus, her specialty, is only during outdoor season. She was the NSIC champion and national qualifier in the discus last year.