Dendinger winner of NSIC Field Athlete of the Year award
Wayne State College junior Michaela Dendinger was announced as the Northern Sun Conference Women’s field Athlete of the Year in voting by league coaches.
Dendinger won three events at the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in St. Paul, Minn. last weekend. She took first place in the shot put with a personal best mark of 53 feet, 10 1/4 inches, captured first in the hammer throw with a new school and conference meet record throw of 208-5, and completed the Triple Crown with a first-place effort in the discus at 157-8.
Dendinger was named NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week all six times during the regular season. She holds NCAA automatic qualifying marks in all three events and ranks second in NCAA Div. II in the shot put and hammer throw and is fifth in the discus. Dendinger will represent Wayne State in all three events at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, set for May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla.
This marks the fourth time in the last six years that a Wayne State athlete has received NSIC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Honors. Paige Pollard won the award in 2012 followed by Sara Wells winning it in 2014 and 2015.