Men and women’s teams finish on top at Concordia Invitational

Evelyn Knox, Staff Writer

The Wayne State men and women’s track and field teams traveled to Seward, Nebraska, to compete at the Concordia Invitational Indoor Meet.

Top finishes were recorded on both the men and women’s sides.

On the women’s side, Mckenzie Scheil, Jade Rickard, Alison Dykman and Hanna Lazure each recorded second place finishes in their respective events for WSC.

“A lot of good things happened this past weekend at Concordia and our hard work and preparation is starting to really show just in time for our conference meet in just two short weeks,” Lazure said.

Lazure and Dykman each cleared 5’ 1” and tied for second in the high jump while Rickard recorded a second place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:50.60.

In the weight throw, Scheil took the second place finish with a throw of 61’ 4 3/4” and was fifth in the shot put (44” 0”). Kenzie Sullivan recorded a fourth place finish in the shot put (44’ 6”) and was 11th in the weight throw (53’ 1 3/4”).

“We still have a lot of work to do but we certainly did see a lot of improvement and PRs at Concordia, which puts us in a good spot to potentially compete at conference,” Lazure said.

Allie Rosener placed third in the 3,000-meter run at 10:51.96 while Andrea Torres came in at 11:04.34 recording a fourth place finish.

The women’s Wildcat 4 x 400 meter relay team of Marin Jetensky, Sophie Noecker, Kim Johnson and Brianna Crouch crossed the finish line with a time of 44:21.34 taking the fifth place slot.

Mikayla Marvin recorded the sixth place finish in the pole vault clearing 11’ 2 1/2”, Riana Noelle was 10th in the triple jump at 34’ 1 1/4” and Jordyn Pester crossed the finish line at fourth place in the 400-meter run with a time of 59.57.

“The Concordia Invite had a lot of competition that will help the team get some marks to attempt to quality or put ourselves in a more competitive position for the conference tournament,” Rosener said. “We are focusing on our goal times in practices each week to get ourselves trained to be able to run those times. We are continuing to get better each meet and just hoping that our best is yet to come.”

On the men’s side, Wildcat senior Cade Kalkowski posted an NCAA provisional mark with a first place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 66’ 7” making it his season-best and the fifth best throw in NCAA Division II this season. Dylan Kaup came in third in the event with a toss of 63’ 1 1/2”.

“We had a lot of decent marks this weekend from our athletes from both … teams,” junior Preston Davis said. “A lot of people were hitting either their season best or person bests which is right where we want to be at this point of the indoor season.”

Junior Bryce Holcomb placed fourth with a run of 1:24.13 in the 600-meter run while senior teammate Nathan Pearson crossed the finish line at fifth place with a time of 1:24.71.

Will McGonigal took fifth place in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:20.06. Bailey Peckham finished fifth in the 5,000 meter-run at a time of 16:03.46 while teammate Dylan Kessler finished in sixth, right behind him in the event with a run of 16:16.29.

Sophomore Mikhail Sands came in fifth place in the long jump with 22’ 5 3/4. Aaron English placed eighth in the high jump clearing 6’ 1 1/4”. Davis placed 10th in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.77 seconds.

The men’s Wildcat 4 x 400 meter relay team of Davis, Holcomb, Pearson and Michael Kueny came in fifth place with a time of 3:30.97.

“As long as everyone can stay healthy, keep improving and giving their best efforts these next two weeks we will be able to do some great things during the NSIC conference championships,” Davis said.

Wayne State men and women’s track and field teams will compete this Friday, Feb. 21, at the SDSU Last Chance Invite in Brookings, South Dakota.