Bad weather is no match for Wildcat track and field


Photo by Tess Riecke

Despite bad weather, the Wildcat Classic tack and field meet went on as scheduled.

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

Michaela Dendinger won the shot put and discus at the Wildcat Classic track and field meet Saturday and Sunday. Dendinger hit national provisional qualifying marks in both events as well as taking second in the weight throw with a national automatic qualifying mark.

WSC and other teams braved the cold and breezy 38-degree conditions for the first outdoor meet of the year.

“For the athletes that competed, they did well, considering the weather,” Head Coach Marlon Brink said. “The weather did have an effect. People probably could have had better marks if the weather had been better.”

Dendinger didn’t let the poor conditions hinder her performance. She threw a career best of 204’4’’ in the hammer. She also threw 163’5’’ in the discus and 50’2 3/4’’ in the shot put.

“Cold and rainy weather is obviously not ideal for a track meet, but I focused on everything that I could control, which was my technique,” Dendinger said. “Hitting auto in the hammer was exciting, because that means I am on the list to go to nationals already.”

Former WSC All-American Carly Fehringer competed unattached and won the hammer with a throw of 214’0.’’

Also for the women, Shelby Poell and Shelby Roth tied for first in the high jump (5’2 1/4’’), Kacie O’Connor was seventh in the discus (141’9’’) and Tessa Ives was tenth in the hammer (149’6’’).

For the men, Brady Metz was first in the triple jump (39’10 3/4’’), Josh Spenner was second in the pole vault (15’1 1/2’’), Derek Lahm was second in the javelin (154’10’’), Jordan Zautke was fourth in the 100-meter (10.99), Nick Fly was fourth in the 1,500-meter (4:12.84), Isaias Solorio was fourth in the 10,000-meter (35:51.02), Nick Schmit was fifth in the 800-meter (1:59.43), Jayle Hinkle was seventh in the shot put (47’6 1/4’’) and Matt Nemec was seventh in the hammer (169’3’’) and eight in the discus (145’10’’).

“Overall it was a mixed bag of results,” Brink said. “Not everyone competed, and the weather affected those who did.”

Because of a rainy forecast, the Wildcats will compete in Marshall, Minn., this weekend instead of the previously scheduled Emporia State Relays in Kansas.