A trio of firsts

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Amber Schwarz, Entertainment Editor

The Wayne State College Women’s track brought home three first-places on Friday from the South Dakota Twilight Meet in Vermillion.

“We had many good marks that I was pleased with as we head to the NSIC Championships,” coach Marlon Brink said.

Sara Wells recorded a first-place finish in the shot put with a new school record throw of 50’ 2 ½”.

It’s the third time she broke her own school record in the event this season. She also finished sixth place in the weight throw at 53’ 7 ½”.

“Sara Wells hit a huge throw in the shot put to break the 50 foot barrier. She becomes the first female thrower to break 50 feet in the indoor shot put and only the second in school history to break 50 feet, with the other being Katie Wilson, who was the Outdoor National Champion in 2008 with a mark of 51’ 11 ¾,” Brink said.

Emily Wells took first place in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark and season-best throw of 59’ 0”.

The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Elizabeth Pille, Danielle Hart, Rebecca Davenport and Mary Alderson also grabbed a first-place medal with a time of 4:09.28.

Alexis Guhl recorded a third place finish in the 60 meter hurdles in 9.19 seconds, and Amanda Ramberg tied for fourth in the high jump clearing 5’ 1”. In the long jump, Sidney Blum placed fourth at 16’ 6 ½” with teammate Megan Svitak right behind in fifth place at 16’ 6”.

Jessi Pongratz finished fifth in the shot put with a 45’ ½”, and she also placed 10th in the weight throw with a 53’ 3 ½”. Michaela Dendinger came in ninth in the shot put with a 43’ 3 ¾”, and Kyndra Sturm finished eighth in the weight throw at 53’ 5 3/4”.

Other finishers for WSC included Skyler Lippman, 10th in the one mile run (5:47.89) and Danielle Hart, 10th in the 200 meter dash in 27.78 seconds.

“Overall, I believe we are going to be ready to compete well at the NSIC Championships,” Brink said.

The Wildcats will be competing next weekend at the Northern Sun Conference Indoor Championships in Bemidji, Minn.