Dendinger takes gold in two events

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

Michaela Dendinger once again highlighted WSC’s track and field outing last weekend, taking first place in the shot put and discus and second in the hammer.

The Wildcat throwers competed at the Concordia Invite in Seward, Neb., while the rest of the team was at the NSIC/MIAA Showdown in Maryville, Mo.

Matt Nemec hit a provisional qualifying mark for nationals in the hammer with a throw of 176’1’’ for ninth place. Nemec added seventeenth place in the discus with a throw of 143.’

“Matt hitting a provisional mark was a pretty good deal,” Head Coach Marlon Brink said. “He had about a seven-foot improvement so that was really big.”

Nick Schmit was seventh in 800-meter (1:58.61) and Jayle Hinkle was 12th in the shot put (46’11.5’’).

Dendinger hit marks of 50’2.25’’ in the shot put, 172’10’’ in the discus and 201’8’’ in the hammer.

“Michaela had a big weekend again,” Brink said. “She’s undefeated in the shot put this year. She’s really on a roll and throwing at a high level consistently.”

Tia Jones was thirteenth in the shot put (40’7.75’’) and Kacie O’Connor was fourteenth in the discus (134’6’’).

Brady Metz led the Wildcats at Maryville with a third-place finish in the triple jump (47’5.75’’) and a fifth-place finish in the long jump (22’2.25’’).

Also for the men, Clay Kramper was sixth in the 100-meter (10.87), Nick Fly was 11th in the 1,500-meter (4:02.57) and 13th in the 800-meter (1:59.89), Kak Ayaj was 12th in the 800-meter (1:59.72), Alvyns Alcenord was twelfth in the 100-meter (11.11) and Jordan Zautke was 14 in the 200-meter (22.46).

For the women at Maryville, Mary Alderson was 14th in the 400-meter (1:00.54), Melissa Kroll was 16th in 400-meter (1:01.11) and Shelby Roth was 11th in the high jump (5’1’’).

“Both meets had good competition ,and it was nice to have good weather,” Brink said. “A few people were banged up and did not compete, or competed on a limited basis.”

The entire WSC team will compete at the UNK Invite in Kearney this Saturday.

“Us, U-Mary, Minnesota State and Northern State are the only schools in the conference to compete in three meets so far this outdoor season,” Brink said. “So we’re still trying to get a feel for our competition in the conference. But so far it’s shaping up to be a very competitive conference.”