Indoor track and field takes off with a bang

Metz leaves USD invite with WSC’s only first-place finish


Photo by Siera Zach

Brady Metz competes in the long jump this past weekend, eventually placing fifth. Metz won the tripple jump later in the evening

Cody Kralicek, Staff Writer

VERMILLION–Brady Metz was the lone WSC champion at the 2016 Dakota Reality Alumni Track and Field meet held Saturday in the Dakota Dome on the USD campus.

The competition was tough, but the Wildcats pulled away with six top-five finishes, starting off in the field events. Sophomore Metz had the only first-place finish for WSC by winning the triple jump with the mark of 46’ ½”.

Teams competing at the meet were South Dakota, University of Nebraska Omaha women, Augustana, Sioux Falls and Colby Community College.

Metz also placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 20’9”.

Several Wildcats competed in the weight throw. Senior Bryan Dunn placed second with a throw of 59’9½”, followed by three freshmen: Richard Sweeney, third place (53’ 7 ¾”); Matthew Nemec, seventh (48’ 3 ½”) and Joe Giesselmann, eighth (44’ 11 ¾”).

In the high jump, freshman Robert Sullivan placed third with the height of 6’ 2 ¾”.

On the track, redshirt freshman Clay Kramper placed fourth in the 200 meter dash in 22.97. Senior Nick Fly placed seventh in the one mile run with a time of 4:32.32. Sophomore Kole Heller took seventh in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.22.

In the last race of the day, the WSC men’s 4×400 meter relay team came in fifth place with a time of 3:39.31. Team members included Trenton Zink, Kramper, Brandon Marker and Allen Arauz.

The Wayne State College track and field team will travel to Mankato, Minn., to compete in the 2016 Minnesota State open on Friday and Saturday.