Dendinger pulls off triple crown at NSIC championships

Wayne State’s Michaela Dendinger completed her triple crown of NSIC championships Saturday with a win in the discus, leading the Wildcats to an eighth-place team finish at the 2017 Northern Sun Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in St. Paul, Minn.

Dendinger, who was named the women’s High Point Scorer in the meet with 30 points, captured the discus title Saturday with a top mark of 157 feet, 8 inches, while Wildcat teammate Kacie O’Connor came in fifth at 138-10. It also marked the fourth time in the last five years that a Wildcat thrower was the NSIC discus champion. Last year, O’Connor captured the title while Sara Wells was champion in 2013 and 2014.

On Friday, Dendinger won two events (shot put and hammer throw) while setting a new conference  meet and school record in the hammer throw. She won the shot put Friday morning with a personal-best mark of 53-10 1/4, which is now the top throw in NCAA Div. II, and later in the day posted another personal-best mark in the hammer throw at 208-5, which eclipsed the school record of 206-11 set by Carly Fehringer in 2013 and also eclipsed the NSIC meet record, also set by the former Wildcat All-American Fehringer in 2013 (203’-6).

Wayne State’s other points scored Friday came from Tia Jones with a sixth-place finish in the shot put (43-9 3/4).

As a team, Wayne State scored 37 points and finished eighth. Winona State edged the University of Mary and Minnesota State in the team standing as the Warriors had 134 points followed by Mary with 126.5 and Minnesota State 126. Augustana (87) and Minnesota Duluth (71) closed out the top five teams. Northern State was sixth (70) followed by MSU Moorhead (59).

In men’s action, Brady Metz broke a 29-year-old school record in the triple jump with a fourth-place finish Saturday to help the Wildcats finish tied for seventh place with 49 points.

The Wildcats scored in five events Saturday, led by Metz’s school record performance in the triple jump. He placed fourth with a top leap of 49-5 3/4, also an NCAA provisional mark. The old school record was set in 1988 by Mark Vollmer at 48-11.

Wayne State’s top finish Saturday came from the 400-meter relay team as the quartet of Brandon Marker, Braxton Adams, Alvyns Alcenord and Jordan Zautke came in third place with a time of 42.24 seconds.

Habib Jallow captured a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (54.26) and Derek Lahm came in fifth in the javelin at 168-2.

Robert Sullivan collected a pair of All-NSIC finishes and scored points in three events. He was third in the long jump (23-5 1/2) and collected another third in the decathlon with an NCAA provisional mark of 6,369 points. He also made the finals in the 110-meter high hurdles and took seventh in 15.48 seconds.

Matthew Nemec also earned All-NSIC honors, taking third in the hammer throw at 175-10.

Other Wildcats that scored points Friday included Metz taking fourth in the long jump (23-5 1/2) and Josh Spenner earning a fifth in the pole vault, clearing 15-1 3/4.

Minnesota State was the men’s team champion for a sixth straight year with 247 points, well ahead of second place Sioux Falls at 120.

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