Dendinger gets second runner-up finish, Sullivan finishes 12th
Wayne State senior Michaela Dendinger recorded her second runner-up finish in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kan., taking second in the shot put.
Dendinger’s best throw of the night came on her first throw in prelims with a mark of 53 feet, 1 1/2 inches to take the lead after one attempt. After a foul on her second prelim throw, Dendinger slipped to second place after Sunflower Greene of Millersville posted a throw of 53-4 1/4. Dendinger closed out the prelims with a heave of 53 feet to stay in second place entering the finals.
In the finals, Dendinger recorded a throw of 52-6 3/4 on her first attempt and fouled on her second throw. She closed the finals with a mark of 52-10 1/4 to finish in second place and earn first-team All-American honors. Her 16 team points, which included a runner-up finish in the weight throw on Friday, helped Wayne State finish in 16th place in the women’s team standings.
Junior Robert Sullivan finished in 12th place in the men’s heptathlon that concluded Saturday afternoon.
The second day of competition in the heptathlon got off to a bad start for Sullivan, as he hit the first hurdle in the 60-meter hurdles and fell to be disqualified, thus not scoring any points in the event. He would record an 11th-place finish in the pole vault (12-5 1/2) and was 12th in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:18.21 to close out the seven-event competition with 4,108 points..
On Friday, Sullivan’s best finish in an event was tied for third in the high jump clearing 6-7. He was also seventh in the shot put (40-4), 12th in the long jump (22-2 1/2) and 13th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.35 seconds in the other events of the heptathlon.