Dendinger, O'Connor hit provisional marks in Kearney
Senior throwers Michaela Dendinger and Kacie O’Connor hit NCAA qualifying marks in the discus to lead Wayne State throwers who competed Thursday at the UNK Invitational held in Kearney.
Dendinger recorded a season-best mark of 175 feet in the discus to win first place. The mark was an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and is now the second-best throw in NCAA Div. II this season. She also recorded a first-place finish in the shot put at 49-10, and was second in the hammer throw with a mark of 201-10.
O’Connor posted a season-best throw of 156-2 in the discus to place third in the event. Her throw was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark that is 15th best in NCAA Div. II.
Sophomore Tia Jones came in fifth place in the shot put (44-3 1/4) while freshman Jadin Wagner was eighth at 41-9 1/4. Freshman Kenzie Sullivan took eighth in the discus at 136-8.
In men’s action, redshirt freshman Cade Kalkowski had the top finish for the Wildcats, placing fifth in the hammer throw at 178-7. He was followed by teammates Dylan Kaup in sixth (175-3), Matt Nemec was seventh at 174-11 and Richard Sweeney was ninth at 171-9.
Nemec was the top Wildcat finisher in the discus, taking 10th at 144-9, followed by Kaup in 11th at 142-7. Jayle Hinkle recorded a seventh-place finish in the shot put at 46-11.
Several Wildcat athletes also competed at the Sioux City Relays with freshman Preston Davis posting the top finishes, taking 19th in the 110 hurdles (16.45) and in the 400-meter dash in 52.01 seconds.
Wayne State’s next scheduled meet is Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at the Doane University Invite in Crete.