Delayed track meet went well for ’Cats

DaQuan Samuel, Staff Writer

Due to predicted cold weather last weekend, the Wayne State College outdoor track and field team’s scheduled meet for Friday and Saturday at the Concordia Invitational in Seward has was moved to last Thursday.

“It wasn’t a big meet but the competitors this week were really good,” said senior Brandon Marker. “It was just really nice to get out there and compete.”

Seniors Michaela Dendinger and Kacie O’Connor dominated the competition along with freshman teammate Jadin Wagner, as each recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks to lead the women’s track and field team.

Dendinger grabbed two first-place finishes and had one NCAA provisional mark Thursday. She won the discus with a new NCAA provisional mark of 51.34m, giving her the fourth-best throw in NCAA Division II so far this outdoor season. Dendinger also won the shot put with a heave of 15.17m and was second in the hammer throw with a mark of 58.68m, finishing only behind Wayne State alum Carly Fehringer, who threw for 61.23m throwing unattached.

O’Connor recorded a fifth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 45.06m and Wagner secured a fifth-place finish in the shot put with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 14.10m In running events, junior Joan Jelimo had a third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.16 with teammate Kim Lowman following behind in eighth place finishing at 2:28.04.

For the men’s team sophomore Habib Jallow and freshman Preston Davis posted the top 10 finishes in the 200 and 400 meter dash. Jallow was second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.29 seconds and also placed 10th in the 200-meter dash at 22.86 seconds while Davis came in third in the 400-meter dash 50.89 seconds and was eighth in the 200-meter dash in 22.82 seconds.

“My biggest goal as a senior is to be a leader for the freshmen and make them feel welcome and comfortable,” said Brady Metz. “I think it helps them at meets and takes some pressure off them.”

The ’Cats had four of the top 10 finishers in the hammer throw with Cade Kalkowski coming in fourth with a throw of 55.81m, Dylan Kaup seventh at 52.24m, Matthew Nemec ninth at 51.56m and Cole Christoffersen 10th at 50.06m.

Nathan Pearson came in fifth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.10 while Jayle Hinkle was 10th in the shot put throwing 14.02m.

“Wayne State has gotten better and better every year I’ve been here so I think we’re going to make some noise,” said Metz.

Wayne State will compete at the Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m.