Dendinger nets second triple crown, Wildcat men finish fourth at NSIC track championships
Wayne State senior thrower Michaela Dendinger completed the throwing triple crown for the second straight year at the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, winning the hammer throw, shot put and discus to highlight the Wayne State women’s eighth-place finish in the conference meet in Winona, Minn.
Dendinger started the day with a first-place mark in the hammer throw at 203 feet, 3 inches. She followed that with a new NSIC record and NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 54-3 3/4 to take first place in the shot put and completed the triple crown sweep in field events for a second straight year winning the discus at 166-6.
The first-place finish by Dendinger in the discus marked the fifth time in the last six years that a Wildcat thrower was the NSIC champion in the event. Dendinger also won the event last year, preceded by wins from Kacie O’Connor in 2016 and Sara Wells in 2013 and 2014.
Freshman Jadin Wagner earned All-NSIC honors with a second-place finish in the shot put at 47-9, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. In the discus, O’Connor recorded a fifth-place finish at 143-9 with teammate Kenzie Sullivan right behind in sixth place at 141-8.
Graduate student Mary Alderson completed the Wildcat scoring, taking fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.64 seconds.
The University of Mary won the women’s team title with 157 points, well ahead of second place Minnesota State with 110 points.
The Wayne State men used depth and balance with two conference champions and seven All-NSIC finishers to place fourth with 92 points.
Minnesota State won a seventh straight NSIC men’s outdoor team title with 191 points followed by the University of Mary in second place at 102.5 points and Augustana third with 98.
Derek Lahm and Cade Kalkowski were individual NSIC champions for the Wildcats. Lahm won the decathlon with a new school record and NCAA provisional mark of 6,951 points and earned All-NSIC honors by taking third place in the long jump at 23-10 1/4 and third in the javelin at 176-6. Kalkowski captured a first-place finish in the hammer throw with a heave of 190-10.
Robert Sullivan recorded three All-NSIC finishes for the Wildcats, taking second in the long jump with an NCAA provisional mark of 24-0 1/2. He also finished third in the high jump, clearing 6-7 1/2, and was third in the decathlon with 6,671 points.
Clay Kramper collected All-NSIC honors with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash at 10.84 seconds while Habib Jallow had a third-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles to receive All-NSIC honors with a time of 14.99 seconds. He also came in sixth in the 400-meter hurdles at 55.06.
Brady Metz scored points in two events, taking fourth in the triple jump (46-11) and sixth in the long jump at 22-11 1/4.
Preston Davis posted a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (55.00), Dylan Kaup came in fifth in the hammer throw with an NCAA provisional mark of 181-1 and Matthew Nemec was sixth in the hammer throw at 174-6.
The Wildcat men’s 400-meter relay team of Kole Heller, Braxton Adams, Kramper and Lahm came in fourth with a time of 42.23 seconds, while the 1,600-meter quartet of Davis, Bryce Holcomb, Nathan Pearson and Jallow closed the day with an eighth place finish in a time of 3:27.51.